A trip to Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya could never be described as a holiday. It would be an adventure that would kindle your dreams into your old age. The world’s largest desert lake is home to many of the Nile fish species including giant Nile Perch and Elongate Tigerfish. Thirty other species catchable on rod and line thrive in this relatively pristine and hostile environment.
The South end of Lake Turkana is an all year round fishery with much clearer water than the northen end where the Omo River tends to muddy things up a bit. The bottom of the lake’s food pyramid is the blue/green algae that grows thickly on the rocks around the littoral zone. Using this and tied immitations on fly, one can target the Nile Tilapia which grow to over 3 kg in this healthy environment. Shoals of grazing tilapia dislodge grubs and bloodworms which in turn attract Turkana’s insectivores such as Alestes and Tetra species. The shoals of baitfish bring in the predators such as Black Nile Catfish, Tigerfish and the apex predator – the gargantuan Nile Perch.
Reel Africa’s Jade Sea Adventure allows clients to take their angling experience up to a truly holistic level. Our all round approach to fishing this inland sea, means anglers will be guided up the food chain, and fish each environmental niche and target species. They will build up a deep understanding and the knowledge needed to target and catch the magnificent Nile Perch from these deep green depths.
All our sport fishing is done on a catch and release basis, and only a few tilapia are targeted for the evening’s dinner table. The dragons and monsters of past times were hunted to extinction. We like to think of our monsters growing older, wiser and bigger to be enjoyed by future anglers who come visit these wind beaten and hostile shores.
Andrew took us all the way to Mordor then taught us how to survive and enjoy ourselves up there. We will never forget our epic adventure to Lake Turkana ~ Pietr & Willem