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All local fish are freshwater and live in the lakes and rivers of Zambia.
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All local fish are freshwater and live in the lakes and rivers of Zambia.

Fish are a class of aquatic vertebrates. The combination of gills, fins and the fact that they live only in the water make fish different from all other animals. Fish spend all of their lives in the water and are cold-blooded. Zambia is land locked and all local fish are freshwater and live in the lakes and rivers of Zambia. The is a huge market of sea fish which are imported and will also be in this category.

The fish species most sought after by recreational fishermen are Tigerfish Hydrocyncus vittatus, Vundu Heterobrachus longifilis, Cornish Jack Mormyrops deliciosus, Eastern Bottlenose Mormyrus longirostris, Nembwe Serranchromis robustus, Nkupe Distichodus mossambicus and the various River Bream and Tilapia species.

The largest freshwater fish in Zambia and Southern Africa is the Vundu (Heterobranchus longifilis). It is an air breathing catfish that can reach up to 1.5 m in length.

Tigerfish are probably the world's most infamous freshwater fish, revered for their power and fierce set of teeth. Some of the Zambezi River's other noteworthy game fish include Yellow-belly Bream (Nembwe) and Vundu, a local species of catfish that grows up to 45 kg (100 lbs).

There are 11 major fisheries: four within the Congo Basin (Bangweulu, Mweru-Luapula, Mweru-Wantipa and Tanganyika) and seven in the Zambezi Basin (Kafue, Kariba, Lukanga, Upper Zambezi, Lower Zambezi, Itezhi-Tezhi and Lusiwashi).

The largest freshwater fish in Zambia and Southern Africa is the Vundu (Heterobranchus longifilis). It is an air breathing catfish that can reach up to 1.5 m in length.

The Zambezi River has over 75 fish species but the most sought-after of these is the Tiger Fish. You can also find African Pike, Barbel, Upper Zambezi Yellow fish, Bream or Tilapia while on your fishing trip.

Above the Victoria Falls is a calmer portion of Zambezi River where one can go and have en exciting experience fishing for Tiger fish. These elusive fish require a bit of skill to catch as they are quite aggressive - which is part of the thrill. Also, they can grow as big as 33lb (15kgs) so you could be in for a big fight. However inexperienced you may be, a day spent on the Zambezi with a line in the water and the wilderness spilling across the banks, is a day well spent.

The Zambezi River has over 75 fish species but the most sought-after of these is the Tiger Fish. You can also find African Pike, Barbel, Upper Zambezi Yellow fish, Bream or Tilapia while on your fishing trip. Although they don't fight quite as aggressively as the Tiger, a good 5 lb fish will quickly snap light tackle given half the chance. Spinners and lures are the most common method of catching these fish although using light tackle, a fly and a fly-rod is becoming very popular and brings an extra dimension to a very exciting sport.

Zambezi River tiger fishing

The Zambezi is real Africa so there is no getting away from the fact that Hippos and Crocodiles live in these waters in profusion. However, experienced guides know exactly how to avoid these animals and let them be, so that both man and animal can enjoy this magical place. So don't let these dangers stop you from going rather make sure you go only with someone who knows what they are doing.

Zambezi River fishing from Zambia are half-day trips, picking up at the Day Activity Centre before a drive to one of the launch sites to board the boat and set off to the fishing grounds. The trip includes transfers, tea and coffee, soft drinks, beer and fishing tackle.