The River Gambia
Carl Pashley with his
303lb tarpon &
skipper Mark Longster
Tarpon are by far the most powerful
game fish of The Gambia.
These extraordinary fish can be
found on both sides of the Atlantic.
Here in The Gambia they can be
targeted using a variety of fishing
methods. The weight of a
tarpon in The Gambia can range from
15lb to 250lb, with numerous fish
having been caught over 100lbs and
our largest standing at 303lbs.
Photo: 210lb tarpon -
Angler: David Bate & fishing
partner, George Hollingberry guided
by Capt. Bala Moses.
Tarpon can be caught
in The Gambia year-round but the best time to
catch the larger fish, in the mouth
of the river Gambia, is the
beginning of October
through to the end of May. The
some of the largest tarpon in the
world - targeting the correct tides is an
Hook ups are not
on occasion you can see tarpon roll
by the hundreds.
They give their
presence away when they periodically
rise to the surface to gulp air.
Sometimes known as the
these fish are famed due to their often
large size and their habit of making
wild, spectacular leaps after being
have picked out
the best set of tides
in each month to fish for the tarpon.
These sets of
tides have proven to be the most productive
over a number of years.
are planning to visit The Gambia and
are interested in targeting the
tarpon let us know and we will
advise you of the best time to come
so that your catch rate & fishing
opportunities are at a maximum.
May to September
As an exciting
alternative to targetting the larger
tarpon in the River Mouth, during Gambiaís
summer months May to
September pods of
smaller tarpon are prolific
southern coastline of The Gambia.
close to the shoreline these tarpon weighing between 15lb
60lbs are a delight to catch on
lighter tackle matched to the task -
you against the fish! The
tarpon are aerobatic fish & have
amazing fighting spirits - they
jump wildly in protest to being
hooked, but can be handled on fairly
light gear if you know how to apply
the pressure. They are often caught
in shallow waters using live-bait, &
float fishing methods and if you are
a keen fly fisherman then here is
your chance to throw a fly.
Where these majestic fish are
concerned, you will be happy to know
that African Angler
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