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Lake Chicamba - Moz

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#16
Early stages of planning a trip Oct 2012 but there is limited info "readily" available for Chicamba and Casa Msika lodge.
Anyone been there like in the last year?
Is the best route really past Mteri through Chiredzi and enter Moz from the Zim side or is a trip up Moz worthwhile??
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#17
Riprap...the trip is really worth while...been there twice in the last two years.You can get all you need to know from Kim Pemberton,Casa Msika Lodge Manageress on casamsika@gmail .com. I find the best way to get to this lake is to hook up with a Zim angler (find anyone willing through facebook,Virginia Bass Masters).That way,you fly into Harare,get collected by them,share expenses to the lake,boat fuel and at the chalets at Casa Msika,then get taken back to Harare and back home.The Zim anglers are a fantastic bunch,like you would find most anywhere.Tackle wise is simple...big senkos in the trees,heavy line,early morning buzzbaits,big 8" lizards,texas style,a few big natural looking cranks and stick baits and big flukes fished weightless with #8 screw in hooks.Colours of plastics are simple..Green pumpkin,green pumpkin/red,watermelon/red and june bug lizards....you will enjoy.Oh,don't let anyone fool you into having their 'hot' peri peri sauce with you meal...you will die on the spot ! :blue-redface:
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#18
smurf Wrote:I find the best way to get to this lake is to hook up with a Zim angler (find anyone willing through facebook,Virginia Bass Masters).

I cannot find anything under that name. Is it possible to provide a link.
The more I learn about fishing the more I realise
how much more I have to learn about fishing.
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#19
Sorry,go onto facebook under Virginia Bass Chapter.This is the club that hosts the Casa Msika Challenge every year.
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#20
Thanks smurf, got hold of Kim and got all relevant details. Flying out for us as were might be a group of 8-10 and will pull our own boats up same as we would do for Mteri. LONG way to go fishing!
She says Beit bridge still a problem but at the Mutare post, they have an agent to assist on the Moz side.
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#21
Riprap,there is a Casa Msika agent at mutari post...dont let this guy rip you off as he is paid by the Lodge already...a $1 tip per boat that he deals with is fine.Carry small $ denominations,everything seems to cost $8,and there is never change.Take a few 20 lt empty cans for boat fuel...you can carry fuel in the boat tanks,but you cannot enter Moz with loose cans of fuel...as you go through the border into Moz,there are filling stations which have always had fuel.Better still,arrange with kim to have a few 20lt drums ready for you...they charge about the same as the garage and saves you all the trouble.Anyone travelling on non SA passports will have to purchase an entry visa for moz and a double entry visa to get into zim...once from sa side and another from moz back to zim.You cannot go wrong at Casa Msika...their service is good,their food is superb,laundry gets done,ice is available,you can order boat sarmies and cold beer and drinks for the boat,really early morning coffee with cereals etc can be laid on at 5:00 am...nothing is too much for Kim and her crew.,..so long as you feed her cadbury chocolate and cherry flavoured cigars..! :blue-cool:
Life is not about the number of breaths we make,but the moments that take our breath away.
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#22
".,..so long as you feed her cadbury chocolate and cherry flavoured cigars..! "

Thanks for that tip smurf, but why cherry?
Maybe a triangular trip including Chicamba, Mteri & Kyle would be interesting!!
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#23
Hey,I don't ask what is done after ### She and her hubby are crazy about cherry flavoured cigars,the ones with a little plastic filter....two packs of those and your stay is seriously sorted :blue-smile: We rounded our trip off with a day at Mteri..caught 3,5 kg plus dogs on buzzbait in the weedy shallows...if you have the time,why not.But if I were doing the trip and there was only 10 days involved to travel and fish,I would get to Chicamba and spend as much time there...you will not regret it...spending half my time travelling sucks for me...thats why I like to fly in and out...total of 4 days travelling.And I would take my own hard tack...the bar is expensive...you can buy the cold mixers.
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#24
Thanks smurf, agree with the 4 days travelling - wastes fishing time. Are there any decent boats for hire?
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#25
hey guys take cotainers and get fuel before you get to the lake the fuel at casa masika lodge was 18 rand a liter pricey
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#26
They have been talking for ages about getting mavericks for hire,but nothing yet.If you are driving up,take your own boat...alll it costs is a little more fuel,but you have a reliable rig that wont let you down the first day.And Tom has just been there...get fuel yourself.
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