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Fishing for Tilapia

Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Spearfishing

Though tilapia may not shine in the spotlight like some gamefish, it is still a fun fight for warm, saltwater water anglers.

Tilapia are omnivores, eating up everything they can and competing heavily against each other for little bits of food and thriving in water temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius.

Though that may be their diet description, anglers still need to be savvy and not spook the pop-eyed fish that will suck your small, petite hook and in milliseconds spit it right back out.

Stocked in ponds, found wild in streams, lakes and river systems, tilapia fishing can turn a camping trip into a daily fish fry. Daily quarry, or bagging numbers for tilapia are most often very generous, or unlimited in some cases, making them perfect for the first time angler or a seasoned fisherman looking to stay busy all day.

Throw a jig, fly or soft plastic lure, or anything else that looks small and tasty in your tackle box and the tilapia will hit it with generous bursts of tightly-wound energy.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Tilapia

Size: average length 35 cm

Weight: 2.3 – 2.7 kg

Lifespan: 13 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Africa