and welcome to Tigerfishfenzy.com, My name is Haydn Willans; I am a
nature guide by qualification, but more specifically a Tigerfishing guide
by experience. I have 9 years and over 6000 hours of experience guiding
for Tigerfish on the Upper Zambezi River with some of the best Tigerfishing
lodges on the Caprivi.
2010 I resigned from my position as Captain of the Nguni Voyager
Houseboat and opened my own small travel agency that specialises in hosted
and custom fishing packages to the upper Zambezi. I believe my past
experience guiding here makes my advice invaluable when someone is planning
a fishing trip and booking accommodation in this fantastic area, and for
this reason I created the TigerfishFrenzy.com website.
opening my travel business in 2010, I spent the first 9 years guiding on
the Zambezi working as the specialist flyfishing guide for a couple well
known lodges. This time working for these lodges allowed me the time to
learn the intricate patterns and workings of the allusive Tigerfish. During
these first years of guiding I was asked on numerous occasions by tour
operators, potential guests and sometimes magazines to provide
information about the fishing methods and tackle used within the area.
Whilst trying to put experience to paper I tried to gather as much info
as I could from the net and other forms of media and found although there
were hundreds of sites that boasted info about the tigerfish, most of
them only relayed info where one could catch them but did not provide
info on HOW to catch them, WHEN to catch them or even WHAT these beast
fish are, no wonder the majority of my clients came through totally
unprepared and uninformed about the HOWS, WHENS and WHATS. It was at this
point that I decided to create a website that would provide info to all
about the tigerfish, the methods used to catch
this awesome game fish and describe the ins and outs of the Caprivi stretch
of the upper Zambezi River and in 2004 TigerfishFrenzy.com was born.
the months May, June, July and August tigerfish are in fulltime pursuit
of small baitfish which have been forced off the drying floodplains,
sometimes these baitfish are horded into bait balls and forced to the
surface by shoals of hungry tigerfish, what results is an explosion of
water, fish and birds all fighting for either food or freedom. Any lure
or fly presented in the general area is quickly sabotaged and general
mayhem follows on the boat as double and triple hookups follow. It is
truly one of the most exciting ways of catching tigerfish and once it has
been experienced it will never be forgotten.
I think of Tigerfish the first thing that comes to my mind is Frenzy.
When people think of Tigerfish the first thing I want them to think is
is the end result of more than 7 years of years of ongoing work, when I
first played with the idea of the website I figured it would be complete
within a month or so of my starting. I believed all I needed was some
pics and place to download my thoughts and experiences; well it really
isnít that easy and the more I put down on paper the more work I realized
I had to do. What started out as a hobby to keep me busy during my down
time has now turned into an obsession? I donít think this website will
ever be complete, I believe that I have only just scraped the tip of the
iceberg with the basics and hopefully I will be able to reveal more
through time and learning.
is TigerFishFrenzy.comís future? Well I really donít know, I guess it is
all up to those who read it, but I still havenít finished my quest for
the ultimate Tigerfishing website. There is still plenty of information
on the finer details involved in Tigerfishing such as knots and fly tying
that I can still write pages on, so please keep checking in for newer
versions.† If you have any comments
about the website please donít hesitate to contact me on the details
provided on the contact
me page (Good or Bad, I donít mind I just want to know what I can
do to make this site better).