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Big game fishing in the Seychelles

The Seychelles is home to an ideal maritime environment for finding big fish making the Seychelles a dream for budding and professional fishermen. Whether one is in pursuit of a swordfish or blue marlin, the Seychelles is the perfect place to indulge in fishing. With a naturally beautiful environment and abundance of fish, the Seychelles archipelago offers excellent conditions for big game fishing.

There are many underwater pits that dot the maritime areas of the island, constituting excellent natural habitats for large fish like swordfish. The main inner islands of granite formation lie on a shallow plateau with depths averaging around 50m and the waters are abundant with tuna, bonito, dorado and sailfish. At the edge of this plateau is the ocean floor which plunges to 2,000m, with a greater variety of fish on offer.

Big game fishing in Seychelles

Fishing Season

As a tourist’s paradise, the Seychelles islands offer the best conditions for those who come to discover or practice fishing. During the period between June and October, special programs are set up to use this period that is most conducive to fishing.

Fish in the Seychelles

Ignobilis kingfish, barracuda, red carp, tunas dog teeth, chicken fish, grouper, kingfish, tuna Yellow, Swordfish sailboats, dolphin fish and Marlins.

Fishing Equipment

One of the main advantages of fishing in Seychelles is that no fishing license is required for recreational fishing. While there are a few retail outlets that cater for the basic needs of the fishermen, visiting fishermen should bear in mind that local fishing tackle shops may not be as common as they may be used to back home and may not sell favourite items or brands. In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to bring along an adequate supply of tackle, as there are no specialised fishing equipment hire or servicing establishments.

Here’s a list of big game fishing equipment you’ll need to bring with you on your trip to the Seychelles:

  • Rod holders
  • Outriggers
  • Fighting chair (normally provided)
  • Large capacity fish tray
  • Rods
  • Reels

The Seychelles archipelago has a maritime environment that remains ideal for finding big fish. Indeed, there are many underwater pits that dot the maritime areas of the island, constituting excellent natural habitats for large fish like swordfish. The main inner islands, of granite formation, lie on a shallow plateau with depths averaging around 50m, and the waters are abundant with tuna, bonito, dorado, wahoo and sailfish. At the edge of this plateau the ocean floor plunges to 2,000m, with a greater variety of fish on offer, and with it better chances at encountering marlin and larger trophy fish.

Tip

Note that you are free to fish in most areas of Seychelles' waters at will, there are a limitations in place to help preserve the unique and fragile environment of the Seychelles. This allows everyone to enjoy what the islands have to offer today and in the years to come. In the Inner Islands, fishing is prohibited within the boundaries of the Curieuse, Ile Cocos, Port Launay/Baie Ternay and Ste. Anne Marine National Parks.