Catfish Run – Okavango

tiger okavangoA video that reminds me good memories … I did this in 1996, long ago.
Africa, the delta of the Okavango River, the huge crocs.
The “barbel run” or “catfish run”, all these fish swimming up the river in tight schools, like the wildebeest migration. And their predator, the fabulous tigerfish, tiger fish prehistoric monster with its terrifying jaw.

tigerfish goliath teeths


Catfish Run

Each year between September and November the waters receding off the vast Okavango flood plains force recently spawned bait fish from the security of the vegetation rich plains into the dog eat dog world of the main Okavango River. The healthy population of catfish in the Okavango River zone in on these helpless bait fish and form massive feeding frenzies, at times thousands of fish, thrashing in the river margins as fleeing bait fish scatter along the surface. These frenzies are commonly referred to as “catfish runs” and are often termed the freshwater equivalent of the wildebeest migration. Witnessing the catfish run is reason enough to get to the Okavango River over these dates. It is however the tiger fishing that draws avid sport fisherman from around the globe to the Okavango River each year. Tiger fish, arguable the finest fighting freshwater game fish around, feed with abandon around the catfish run, providing some of the finest fly and art lure fishing available (….) read more and maybe reserve a fishing trip in Botswana

tigerfish on the fly in okavango

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