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November 19, 2010

Seven Great Topwater Spots

Top fishing spots both near and far for anglers that want to pop 'til they drop

Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique or Madagascar

For those with a bit more wanderlust and perhaps more frequent-flyer miles, and who like the idea of truly staggering variety, consider the southeastern coast of Africa. Travel to Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique or Madagascar to experience the wild popping action the Indian Ocean has to offer for giant trevally of arm-wrenching proportions and other trevallies, dogtooth tuna, several types of jobfish and many other species of snapper, groupers of many colors and even sailfish on top. "Tossing a big, fat popper - and the bigger the better - around reefs and ledges off Lamu, Kenya," says Mustad's Jeff Pierce, "was simply amazing. As long as I live, I'll never forget having GT in excess of 100 pounds exploding on poppers." With so many other species vying for topwater plugs, "It was crazy fishing. You'd just hold your breath in anticipation after every cast." Many operations here cater to anglers, among them Mwangaza Hideaway in Tanzania (fishing-tanzania.com), Hell's Gate Lodge in Mozambique (hellsgatelodge.com) and Terre Rouge fish camp at the top of Madagascar (gpvoyages-chasse-peche.com). You can also get a sense of what goes on in this neck of the woods at jigstarafrica.com.