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Kabula lodge
« on: October 11, 2016, 05:29:36 pm »
 :tgr:  This is something I don't know much about. I am going on a trip in November and any advice will be much appreciated. Been looking at some Meps but at R230 not my first choice. What would you recommend? I don't want to spend money on tacle that doesn't work. Will have to load my reels with 50 pound braid and the rest I have with my saltwater rigs.   

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Re: Kabula lodge
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2016, 10:16:40 pm »
Some mates just returned and the fishing was super k*K! They were a big group and had little success, they complained that the guides were sub standard and knew nothing other than to troll. They had numerous mishaps on the boats etc.

I personally fished there 3 yes ago and it wasnt bad! We caught on tiger wakkas and obviously rapala! Drifted with fillets and had some success, the guides however didnt know to much about different techniques of fishing! The boats were a rip off and in shocking condition, I hear this has changed though!

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Re: Kabula lodge
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2016, 05:46:02 pm »
Thanks for the reply. I am really looking forward to the trip. Have never been to Zambia.

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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2016, 07:13:05 am »
We just returned from a very enjoyable  :tgr:  fishing trip to Kabula lodge. At 5 am 17 Nov we headed North to Lephalala for the start of my first trip to Zambia. From there we drove to a very small border post at Stockpoort where it took us only a few minutes to clear and our trip officially began. It was a easy drive up to our first stopover about 60km north of Nata at lodge called Elephant sands. It wasn't without incident as Chris who was driving at the time got a nice present in the form of a P400 fine for speeding. They don't except rands so it took some negotiation to settle the fine. This was soon forgotten when we got to Elephant sands where we were greeted by some friendly staff and a host off elephants drinking water literally a stones throw away from the pool deck where we were also having a cold  :beer:


The next day expectations were running high as we were getting closer to our destination. But first we had to run the gauntlet of some foot and mouth stops. Only 5 km after leaving the lodge it was my turn, were I received a fine for not having a numberplate light. Again only Pula. This time it wasn't so easy and I had to wait for someone willing to exchange some Rands for Pula to pay my fine. One hour later I found a good samaritan and we were on our way to Kasane, through
Chobe and up to Ngoma border post where we crossed into Namibia. From here it was a easy drive to Katima where we stocked up on some last minute items.


Only 5km from Katima we reached the Zambian border post. Not to bore you with the details I would just like to say. Have some Zambian Kwacha and US$ and lots of patients. It must be one of the most frustrating African borderpost I ever had to go through. After all the legalities and paying at no less than 3 places we were in Zambia for a short 60km drive on a good tar road to Kabula lodge. We were greeted by some friendly staff and introduced to our chef Mike and fishing guide Royd.


We used the rest of the afternoon to sort out our fishing tackle, double check knots and to make sure everything was ready for a early start to our fishing.


The next morning fish fewer were running high as we set of on one of there 5m Ali Boats build in Botswana equipped with a 40hp 4 stroke Yamaha motor. All fairly new and in good condition.


We started off throwing some lures from the boat and then went on to stop at the numerous little islands where we got of the boat and throw lures into the rapids[size=78%].  Arno was first to go on but lost the fish at his feet. The first of many that we were going to lose.[/size]
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Re: Kabula lodge
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2016, 07:14:35 am »
I will post more and the pics when I have them all.

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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2016, 12:19:36 pm »
Ok guys here goes. I manage to land the first fish of the trip and also the smallest of the trip 900 g. We managed a total of 17 landed fish in the 45 hours we spend on the water and lost about double the amount. After allot of trial and error we decided to go with our guides idea[size=78%] and started trolling rapalas. This was when we started landing better fish between 2 and 6kg[/size]

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2016, 12:27:44 pm »
First night at Elephant Sands lodge

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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2016, 12:31:01 pm »
Some of the fish that were landed

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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2016, 12:34:47 pm »
More fish

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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2016, 12:37:09 pm »
The biggest fish of the trip coming in at 6kg

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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2016, 12:44:33 pm »
View from our deck.

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Re: Kabula lodge
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2016, 02:08:37 pm »
Great report Don. Some awesome fish!  (clap)

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Re: Kabula lodge
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2016, 03:39:30 pm »
 :cgrts: am :envy    :toppie:
My wife allows me to keep all the fishing tackle I can hide.

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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2016, 07:42:46 pm »
Thanks Guys

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Re: Kabula lodge
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2016, 06:55:37 am »
Wow, looks like a memorable trip. Nice report Don, thx :tgr:
Lets go FISHING!

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Re: Kabula lodge
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2016, 09:48:51 am »
Great report well done on the fish
A bad days fishing is better than sitting at home moping.

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« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2016, 11:05:19 am »
Thanks for the report and congrats on the catches (clap)

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Re: Kabula lodge
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2016, 11:32:35 am »
Awesome, thanks for sharing :rck"

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Re: Kabula lodge
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2016, 12:55:50 pm »
Some really nice fish there. Thanks for the report and pics.