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In the rainy season, this is all underwater.
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The Elusive “Mbenga”

It was my third expedition to the Congo. On the previous two trips I had caught nothing, apart from malaria. But this time the water conditions were right – low and clean instead of flooded and muddy (when the fish are dispersed and uncatchable in a huge area of forest).

But the “mbenga” (the local name for goliath tigerfish) were still being elusive, ignoring lures and sophisticated bait presentations. An old fisherman told me where we were going wrong. He said to put a big lump of fish flesh on the bottom, just off the main current where the channel bends, not in the bank-side eddies.

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