Paka Dume is currently not running any charters until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Paka Dume Charters!

PAKA DUME arrived in Tanzania in late November 2015 and has been searching around these water since then for those big Dogtooth tuna and hard fighting GT’s …

James Taylor [ Captain and owner ] brought her up from South Africa in November .

Since then she’s been busy with clients looking for their dream catch – some managed to fulfill that dream and some are still dreaming … but ALL expressed their thanks , and were 100% complimentary and satisfied with the service and for the fantastic boat they fished off ….. “ the space , the comfort , the fishability … she’s a machine “

There are more boats and operators than years ago when James started fishing these waters , but when choosing who to fish with the old saying used by James in previous charter operations should also be taken into account –  —

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of price is forgotten ! …. Basically , if you coming all the way out to Tanzania and want a shot at your dream fish or for whatever reason , give yourself the best opportunity .

Very simply – the experienced operator with the best boat normally gives you that chance more often than not …

James Taylor has fished these waters for the past 15 years . Starting at Kilwa and building the fishing charter business there with Kilwa Ruins Lodge [ until 2007 ] and then on his own , finally building Mwangaza Hideaway in 2011 [ this lodge sold in 2013 ] . He was then out of fishing full time for a couple years but missed it so decided to build the Ultimate boat for himself … this started in April 2015 and together with Dave White from Tomcat Boats in KZN SA , they launched in late Oct .. now James is full time back fishing based in Dar es Salaam .

When asked what makes a good skipper –   ““ there a few guys around that can fish , obviously being able to drive a boat safely and comfortably / knowing the areas , the currents and the right way to drift etc , it’s all important .. basically know your job . But if you’ve had a hard day because the fish haven’t come to the party but your clients have still had a great time – this is what separates the ok skippers from the good ones .. “”

Description of Boat


11M Sport fisher custom .
Open area front and back with walk-around capability.
Designed by fishermen for the fishing we do.
Fast and safe.
Comfortable and sleeps 3 to 4 fishermen .
Powered by 2 x 250hp Yamaha outboard with a utility 50hp .
Full trolling equipment for fishing … we only fish relatively light .
30 to 50 lbs rigs with latest lures etc . We also have limited jigging and casting rigs .
Full Cat A off shore safety certification.
The Ultimate fishing machine – nothing like her on the East Coast ..

A few suggested trips.

7 night / 6 day fishing – Based in Mafia

This being the standard package and most recommended . It gives the clients enough time to have a few really good sessions and allows us to cover many of the further reefs and fish some otherwise inaccessible areas . Get yourself [ your group ] to Dar es Salaam . All times of arrival and departure will be recommended by James via email during the pre discussions.  From Dar we will sort you out with all expenses and arrangements. You will fly to Mafia [ 30 min ] and be met by the lodge staff . Starting the next morning you’ll fish the Mafia area for 3 days and the Islands between South Mafia and Songo Songo for 3 days [ this period you’ll stay onboard for the 2 nights ] . Everything is included in the price except your drinks account at the lodge and “ excessive “ drinks on the boat . All flights / Marine Park fees / transfers etc etc are paid for by us [ no need to worry about these extra costs etc ] – again – we not the cheapest but you pay for what you get !

Another option – Mafia to Kilwa & in-between

Explore and fish the area between Mafia and Kilwa …..

Start your trip either in Mafia [ fly into ] or in Kilwa [ drive option from Dar ] . Spend 2 nights onboard Paka Dume fishing the reefs between South Mafia and Fanjove Island … and stay the other nights in Kilwa [ Mwangaza Hideaway ] and Mafia [ Big Blue ] – number of nights at each place will depend on what is discussed prior to the trip . Option for a third night onboard also available ..

An absolutely fantastic trip through areas and reefs we know extremely well . This trip will suit the fishermen who want to cover all bases of fishing disciplines – definitely some jigging and popping , but also some live baiting and trolling for Sails and other large game fish .

With the option to drive and also stay outside the Marine Park for most of the trip , this trip is slightly more affordable … mail to discuss and charge your cameras as it really is an awesome area .

Boat moored directly off the Mafia accommodation.

Lunch time break.

A sample of the life in the reef.

Free transfers from the airport to the lodge.


Departure time from Dar is optional.  Boat can travel reasonably fast so on average depending on sea conditions allow 3 hrs . [ same for return trip ]  We try release as much as possible but a few fish for the pot is no problem [ except Billfish and Travelly species ]  Price is for the boat so clients can decide how many in the group – obviously the more then the chances of catching that big one yourself gets less … [ boat can carry up to 8 pax on these trips ]


Local Dar Fishing Trips

As above .


Local Island Trips

Grab a few mates or your family and go on the safest and extremely comfortable boat to one of the close islands for a barbeque on the beach or just a swim and sundowners.  Local trip the boat leaves from the Slipway but can collect Yacht club members at the Yacht club if required.


Custom Trips

We can discuss doing any trip .. to anywhere and for as long as required . The boat can stay offshore for max 3 nights before needing re supply , maximum 4 pax + crew sleeping onboard.

If you going to release a fish, do it correctly.
NB. Never hold a fish up by it’s tail…support the whole body.

Revive your fish by swimming it after a long fight.

Corporate Trips

We also offer corporate days out.  Give your hard working staff a day filled with adventure, excitement and relaxation.  This is a great chance for your team to strengthen their relationships and become a powerful unit.  Sign your company up for a corporate day out.  Contact us for more details.


Standard 7 Night

6 day fishing around the South Mafia and Islands towards Songo Songo and Kilwa … $9850 [ up to 3 pax and add $1500 for a fourth person ] All inclusive ex Dar es Salaam , except drinks at the lodge …


Mafia to Kiwa

Explore and fish the area between Mafia and Kilwa.  $8840 up to 3 pax and $1250 for the fourth person ..


Overnight to Latham from Dar

Full day fishing / stay onboard and most of the next day …. $2800 [ numbers optional .. bring own food and drinks ]


Day trip to Latham

$1850 [ numbers optional .. bring own food and drinks ]


Full day Dar Area

Please contact James for more details and cost.


Half Day

Please contact James for more details and cost.


Day trips to Islands

Close islands – Please contact James for more details and cost.

Fungi – Please contact James for more details and cost.
[ bring own food and drinks … coolers and freezer available .. numbers optional ]

Please take note.

A huge thanks goes out to CMC Landrover (Tanzania), for their on going support in our local sport fishing industry. Please take the time to also visit their website :

Our Preferred method of fishing is by vertical jigging and surface casting.  We support catch and release as much as possible.

All images above are some of the fish caught off Paka Dume in 2016.

Contact James Directly.


Phone TZ: +255 784 637 026

Phone SA: +27 710 73 55 74