Photo Samples, Tropical Fishing


If I ever had a "speciality", tropical sports fishing must be the one. Having caught around 400 different species from all around the world, I have, of course, been shooting lots and lots of rolls of film, trying to make a fish look a bit more creative than it did last time I caught one. Maybe I don't succeed all the time, but I do try.

As usual, all photos are, of course © Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

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Shot of a life-time: A jumping (hooked!) flying fish, Exocoetus volitans, caught with a manual SLR while holding the rod in the left hand and the camera in the right. By luck, the fish just jumped into the focus of the camera, and I got it. Location: Isla de Fogo, Cape Verde. © Claus Qvist Jessen


More Capeverdian fish: A beautiful, hard-fighting wahoo and the same flying fish as above, this time inside the boat. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Danish angling legend and close friend Jens Ploug Hansen showing good humour, posing proudly with the bucket which was tied to his line. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local guy showing one of my fine barracudas; Quinhamel, eastern mainland, Guinee-Bissau. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sunrise in the mangrove inlet; Quinhamel, eastern mainland, Guinee-Bissau. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Hard-fighting jack caught off the coast of Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The catch of the day being distributed among the local people; Bubaque Island, Guinee-Bissau. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Brackish water snapper, caught in the mouth of the River Casamanche; Ile de Karabene, Casamanche, Senegal. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Catch of the day (by me!); Black Johnson, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A nice, 7-8 kg grouper, caught by trolling; Black Johnson, Western Peninsula, Sierra Leone. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A very unlikely angler: A Afghanistan mujahedeen from the central part of the country. Not suprisingly, neither of us got anything. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The Himalayan mahseer is smaller and more slender than its Kavery cousin, but nevertheless a great experience on the right tackle. This beauty weighs somewhere around 20 pounds and was caught in a fast-flowing rapid of the upper Ganges, India. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Waiting for the strike. Night fishing in Kavery River, South India. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Avoiding stress in a pleasant way. Danish angler Flemming enjoying South Indian life at the banks of the Kavery (Cauvery) River. © Claus Qvist Jessen

21 kg Indian mahseer from the Kaveri River in Karnataka. Most likely, this is the single fish I've been happiest ever to land. Not the biggest or the most fantastic fish, but because it took eight days to get a proper strike - and another two hours to land the fish! © Johnny Jensen (www.jjphoto.dk)

The head of a nice pink carp from the Kaveri River in Karnataka, South India. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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According to my humble opinion, the most fantastic fish in the world is the mighty tarpon of the Carribbean. When hooked, they put on an aeral display not seen anywhere else within sports fishing, such as this 80+ pounder off the coast of Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

An 80 pound Costa Rican tarpon, displayed by a local fisherman of Barra del Colorado. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A fat, mid-size, 20-pound tarpon from the Laguna de Tacarigua, Venezuela, most likely the best place on earth for "baby tarpon". © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Fly fishing for tarpon is a great sport, regardless the size of the fish. This baby is from Tacarigua, Venezuela, caught on a morning where I had more than 100 strikes in three hours of fishing. Unfortunately, I lost 90 % of the strikes, a feature very common in tarpon fishing. © Claus Qvist Jessen

5-6 pound bonefish caught on a fly rod off Cayo Romano; north central Cuba. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Close-up of the 5-6 pound bonefish above, caught on a fly rod off Cayo Romano. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Danish traveller, photographer and angler Johnny Jensen fighting a big giant trevally, hooked in the Rio Colorado, Costa Rica. 15 seconds later, his rod broke and the fish was lost; a proof of the immense power of jacks. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Step 2: Broken rod and trying to land the big fish by hand; Rio Colorado, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Step 3: Broken rod and broken line. The fish was lost, and true depression is beginning to spread. These three shots were taken within less than one minute; Rio Colorado, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A nice catch of tasty and hard-fighting jacks from Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

14 lbs of solid Jack Crevalle, one of the best fighters beneath the surface; Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Three ugly but very effective "Coast Hawk" jigs on a background of large tarpon scales; Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Dog tooth snapper, caught off the coast of Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local fishing guide Eugenio unhooking a small snook from the back-waters of Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Drumfish (= whitefish); Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica. A fun fish on small jigs. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Rain forest fishing; Tortuguero, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Small moharra cichlid; Tortuguero, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen


More small cichlids, left a small guapote, while the right one is another mojarra; Tortuguero, Costa Rica. © Claus Qvist Jessen

This colourful 100 gram cichlid was caught in a small crocodile-infested lake on Isla De San Andres, a Columbian cocaine drenched island off the coast of Nicaragua. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Senor Valanzuela with a mornings catch of big snook from Rio Naranjo, Tenosique, Mexico. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Early morning spinning for machaca and cichlids; El Castillo, Nicaragua. © Claus Qvist Jessen

CQJ anno 1993, displaying a nice colourful catfish from Rio San Juan, El Castillo, Nicaragua. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Snappy teeth! A nice barracuda from Isla de Maiz; Nicaragua. © Claus Qvist Jessen

25 lbs+ barracuda caught in thye blue water outside Gambia River, Gambia. Pay attention to my broken 30 lbs rod - the barra killed it! © Claus Qvist Jessen

Same barracuda, same guide and same broken rod! Gambia, West Africa. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Dutch angler with a beautiful "kabiljau", caught by bottom-fishing outside the mouth of the Gambia River; Gambia, West Africa. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local Nevis fisherman after helping me landing this magnificent stingray of unknown weight (25 kgs+?). The ray was caught by accident while fishing for smaller fish underneath a small pier, and it took me almost an hour to land. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Namibian shark fighting. Any shark above 30-40 kgs will take in between 30 minutes and more than an hour to land. Aerobics go home! © Claus Qvist Jessen

The result: A proud author with his first Namibian copper shark, caught right off the beach and estimated to 75 kgs. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A nice gully shark from the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. © Claus Qvist Jessen

In Namibia, beach fishing is carried out using 4 metre, one-piece beach-casting rods. The transport of the rods is taken care of by mounting a rack in front of the car - just avoid a frontal crash! © Claus Qvist Jessen

The bait for Namibian beach fishing: The head of a mackerel. © Claus Qvist Jessen

65 kg copper shark after having been caught right off the Skeleton Coast. As always, catch-and-release is the order of the day. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A small "black chessa", caught in the Zambezi River, Zimbabwe. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The magnificent teeth of a 2 kg African tiger-fish, one of the best targets on a light spinning rod. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The South American parallel to the tigerfish is the mighty payara, easily capable of splitting any plug into atoms. © Claus Qvist Jessen

From the side, the payara doesn't look much more pleasant. This 12-pounder hit a red-white Rapala, my all-time favourite plug in the tropics. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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However, the prize as the ultimate plug destroyer is taken by the fabled piranha. The proof is below, and this beauty is from Pantenal, Brazil. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A former 5 gr Rooster Tail spinner with all the hooks cut off by piranhas. The spinner managed to catch about 10 Pantenal piranhas, before the last of the hardened steel hooks was cut off. Not torn off - plainly cut off. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local guide Jorge with a nice pacu. Belonging to the same family as the piranha, the pacu is famous for having very solid teeth as opposed to the razors of the cousin. This is due to the pacu living from crabs and other shellfish; Pantanal, Brazil. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A closer look at the crushing teeth of the Brazilean pacu. The resemblance of the piranha is quite obvious; Pantanal, Brazil. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Pintado catfish. This is a small one - they grow to more than 50 pounds! Pantanal, Brazil. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Three more pintado catfish - three different species, all caught within 10 minutes in Rio Miranda; Pantanal, Brazil. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Funny catfish - and it actually emitted sound when it was brought to the dry land. Pantanal, Brazil. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A couple of Lake Guri (Venezuela) peacock bass, a healthy nine-pounder caught on a surface plug and a slightly smaller one caught on a fly. No, it's not the same fish! © Claus Qvist Jessen

The peacock bass (pavon) has an amazingly hard strike, as proved by these bent hooks - after just one strike. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Nice 9-pound peacock bass (pavon) from Lago Guri, Venezuela.
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A freshly landed 8-9 pound peacock bass from Lago Guri, Venezuela. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Fishing Lago Guri the cheapest way - by being marooned on a sunken tree. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A funny creature from the Venezuelan jungle: An electrical eel! Capable of speeding off more than 600 Volts, this is a fish not to be touchd until after is dead. Very dead. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Electric portrait of the fish above. The fish was never weighed, but 8 kgs (18 lbs is probably not a bad guess. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The aggressive and eternally hungry "guavina" are easily caught using small plugs or spinners. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A tiny peacock bass from a small pool at the upper Orinoco River, Venezuela. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A corner of a mid-size river in Central Guyana. Very good for catching piranha and electric eels(!) it turned out. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A magnificent 1˝ kg piranha, caught by me and shown by a local Indian woman; central Guyana. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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The shy and elusive Carribbean bonefish is generally regarded as the (pound by pound) hardest fighter anywhere. Despite a size of only 1 kg, this fish easily pulled off more than 100 meters of line - in a few seconds...... © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A fantastic experience, just a few kms from Muscat, Oman: Dozens of seagulls from above chasing a school of sardines. From below, the sardines are chased by huge yellowfin tunas. Great sport on mid-size tackle. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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38 kg (84 pounds) of massive muscles. A nice yellowfin tuna from Muscat, Oman. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Pure beauty: 93 pound sailfish from Niue, Pacific. The giant fish was caught from the small dinghy below, and it took more than an hour to land it; Niue, New Zealand. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A beautiful 10 kg (22 pound) mahi-mahi (dorado, gold mackerel) from Niue, far out in the Pacific Ocean. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sunset fishing from the jetty; Alofi, Niue. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Traditional fishing boats from Lautoka, Fiji Islands. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A nice bluefin trevally from Lautoka, Fiji Islands. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A colourful "rock-fish" from Fiji. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A beatiful 15 pound (7 kg) king mackerel from Lautoka, Fiji. The "Danish" red-white Rapala proved to be the best, here along with almost anywhere else. Red-white colours are very hard to beat for deep-sea trolling. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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An angry-looking and hard-fighting giant trevally, caught off the coast of Viti Levu, Fiji. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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Malaysia is not exactly a hot-spot for freshwater sports fishing, however, in the artificial Lake Kenyir, great fishing can be done for the aggressive and hard-fighting snakehead fish. The fight is not made any easier by the forest of drowned trees. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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An angry toman (snakehead fish) on the way to being landed from the murky waters of Lake Kenyir, Peninsular Malaysia. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A small "bream", caught by fly fishing on the beach of Ras Madrakah, Oman. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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A nice 5 kg bluefish, caught while beachcasting from Ras Madrakah, Oman. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Late-afternoon beach casting; Ras Madrakah, Oman. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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American angler Ray Montoya proudly showing a good-sized bluefish from Oman. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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