Fishing with tight lines in Mauritius

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the adrenaline rush of deep-sea fishing, why not give it a try on holiday in one of the world’s premier big game fishing destinations - Mauritius. This beautiful volcanic island is surrounded by a steep drop in the continental shelf, creating a current that pushes nutrient-rich cold water upwards.

These nutrients attract little fish and squid, which in turn attract bigger fish, which then attract the really big guys… which then attract you. The drop-off also means that deep sea fishing here is extremely accessible - even a relatively short trip can put you right in the fishing grounds. Book your place in the fighting chair and get hooked on Mauritius from only R7 999 per person sharing including flights, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation and selected activities. Contact holidays@kulula.com.

Mauritius may not have a national fish, but as a nation its waters are teeming with many. It has built a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best destinations for catching a variety of billfish (the group of big predatory fish with the long Pinocchio noses or rostra, such as blue and black marlin, sailfish and spearfish).

On big game fishing trips, you may also encounter other pelagic beauties such as wahoo, dorado, yellow fin, skipjack and dogtooth tuna, bonito and baracuda. Although billfish tend to be around in the warmer season from October to April, the beauty of fishing in Mauritius is the variety of great species meaning that it is considered to be an all-year-round destination - so there’s never a bad time to try and reel one in.

There are many experienced charter boat companies that will sort you out with everything you need for an unforgettable day out on the water. If you are enjoying a holiday on the tourist-friendly north west coast, there will be a lot of options nearby. Some charter companies may offer a free hotel pick up within a 5km radius. Most offer half day (5 to 6 hours in the morning or afternoon) and full day options (about 8 hours), and some may offer night fishing (from 6pm).

If you are planning to take your children with you for an unforgettable shared experience, check the age limit to confirm if they are allowed on board. For a private charter the boat will be all yours to come and go as you please, perhaps also stopping at a nearby island for lunch and some snorkeling (check that snorkeling equipment is provided). Otherwise you can often share a charter with other anglers, which is a great way to bring down the cost.

While the entire island is technically volcanic, Trou aux Cerfs is one of the most impressive sites. This dormant volcano, with a diameter of 350 meters and a depth of around 100 meters, has a well-defined cone and crater, which offers 360-degree views of the nearby town of Curepipe and the coastline.

The bowl is a favourite spot for joggers and walkers to get their bearings and offers quite the breathtaking backdrop.

Fishing trips mainly involve trolling - this involves attaching rods to outriggers off the stern of the boat. The boat moves at a slow speed in a straight line with the bait or lure just under the water.

While you’re waiting for the fish to find you, you can soak up the dramatic scenery, watch sea turtles and wild birds, and enjoy the freedom of sea air and the open water. Then smile for a great after-action pic of you and your catch to share with your friends back home.