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    (Featuring the Giant Cuda's - Size does matter!)

200lb plus Tarpon caught in the Gambia River

200lb+ Tarpon caught in The Gambia River by UK angler, David Bate on December 6th 2009.  The fish was released.
(Cpt. Bala Moses)

Tarpon 200lb plus - Anglers: David Bates & George Hollingbery

Huge Guinean Barracudas 48lb & 46lb caught in the Gambia RiverAnglers Mark and Peter with Guinean Barracudas 48lb and 46lb

Angler Pete Baynham with 48lb CudaAngler Mark from Sussex with 46lb Barracuda

48lb Guinean Barracuda - Angler: Peter Baynham

Above:  48lb and 46lb Guinean Barracuda caught in the Gambia River. Anglers:  Peter Baynham and Mark from the UK
(Cpt. Assan)

Sompat Grunt - Cpt. AssanGuinean Barracuda - Cpt. Assan

Captain Assan (aka Ninja) with Sompat Grunt and Guinean Barracuda

Guinean Snapper - Stan NaboznyThick-lipped Grouper - Pete Baynham

White Grouper - Alex40lb Stingray - Daniel and son Alex

Barracuda - Derek BondVariety of Fish - Morris

Barracuda - Butterfish - Colin JeffriesButterfish & Tapandar - Tom Baskaya

Tapandar Tapandar & Butterfish

Geoff Maskew - 70lb StingrayGeoff & Sony with 70lb Stingray

Geoff and Sony with 70lb Stingray caught on Mantel Reef with Cpt. Bala Moses - (Nov)

70lb Stingray caught off Mantel Reef70lb Stingray

Sony with a rack of ButterfishSony holds up his Butterfish

Geoff displays his barracudaBarracuda & Butterfish caught off Mantel Reef

Above: Geoff & Sony with Butterfish and Barracuda's caught off Mantel Reef - Cpt. Bala Moses - (Nov)

Cpt. Dembo, Glynn Workman & BarracudasGlynn Workman & Partner

Cpt. Dembo holds up BarracudaGlynn Workman displays his barracuda

One of many Cuda's caught off Cape Point ReefButterfish

Above:  Glynn Workman & partner, with Butterfish, & Cuda's caught on Cape Point Reef with Cpt. Dembo - (Oct)

Rack of ButterfishRobbie displays his butterfish

Jay and Thick-lipped GrouperThick-lipped Grouper

Above:  Robbie Swindell and Jay with Butterfish and Thick-lipped Grouper caught off Cape Point Reef with Cpt. Dembo - (Oct)

Karen with a variety of fishout creekfishing

bag of mixed fisha fun day on the creeks and bolongs

Above:  A fun day out on the creeks, Terry, George, Karen with Cpt. Dembo and a variety of species. (Oct)


Simon & Chris from Grantham, UK

Fishing dates

1st/2nd/4th/5th October 2009



Sea/Weather cond.

Calm throughout

Catch report in brief

Chris and Simon from Grantham & second-time visitors to The Gambia fished for four days on the boat with Cpt. Assan aka 'Ninja'. 

Day one:
Trolling lures for the most part of the day along the coastline at Cape Point, Mantel, and Senegambia reefs – plenty of barracuda around, many strikes, seven barracuda boated, biggest 22lb.  They finished their day light tackle bottom fishing on Mantel reef – a mix of species caught using local fresh shrimp for bait.

22lb BarracudaAngler Chris with 22lb Barracuda

Day two
Back to the trolling grounds - not the same concentration of fish around – one barracuda boated on Cape Point reef.  The rest of the day was spent fishing live bait, cut fish baits and shrimp over Mantel reef  – mix of reef fish caught including red snappers.

Barracuda caught on Cape Point Reef

Day Three:
The decision was made to head-off to the mouth of the Gambia River (Barra) to troll some big deep water lures & target the large Guinean Barracuda.  Trolling ‘Mann’s Stretch’ 30+ & 40+ lures with a red-head sea-snake around the turn of the tide provided two hard strikes with one fish staying on for a 10 min fight before pulling the hook.  In the afternoon they cruised into the creek system to target a pod of tarpon on a deep junction.  Multiple fish could be seen rolling - casting lures and jigs to the group but could not entice a strike from the tarpon.

Day Four:
Back to the River mouth fishing the deep lures produced one Barracuda of 19lbs.  The rest of the day was spent anchored on the sandbanks at Cape Point bay catching a mixture of fish including many good sized Butterfish.

Barracuda Head UK Angler Simon with 19lb Barracuda


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 2009 in The Gambia


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Fish for giant Atlantic Tarpon  in The Gambia river estuary........
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Light tackle species fishing in the oyster mangrove creeks.................
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Shore Angling Safari's along Gambia's unspoilt coastline................
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To name a few...........

West African Pompano....Barracuda & Guinean Barracuda.... Butterfish....Cassava-Croaker.... Catfish.... Cobia..... Grouper.... Giant West African Threadfin....Guitarfish.... Halibut....Nine-Bone (Ladyfish).... Long-neck Croaker.... Jacks (Trevally & Crevelle)......Snappers......Spanish- Mackerel....Large Rays....Tarpon....Tigerfish.....

For real life experiences of fishing in The Gambia read our Featured Articles by John Wilson and our 'Fishing Tales from The Gambia' by Daddy Chabi - Summertime Blues? - Never
& Beautiful Butterfish

46lb Guinean Barracuda - Angler: Mark


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