– In and around False Bay and the Cape Peninsula where you are likely to catch bluefin and yellowfin Tuna.
– In Rooikrans (or Rooikranz) you are likely to catch Blacktail, Hottentot, Kob (Kabeljou), Galjoen off the cliff ledges. Rooikrans is located on the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park is located at the latitude and longitude coordinates of -34.1 and 23.416667.
Rooikrans is regarded as the most famous & best fishing spots in South Africa and one of the best fishing spots in the World!
– In Kommetjie Bay expect the Cape snoek run in the winter season and you can catch white steenbras, stumpnose & galjoen off the rocks at Kommetjie but if you wish to fish off boats and really fight for your line, take a charter 30 nautical miles out from Kommetjie where you can enjoy some of the best deep-sea fishing grounds of the Cape Peninsula and these are home to tuna, albacore, black marlin and the fighting mako shark.
– Melkbosstrand is only about 30km from Cape Town and is an excellent spot for recreational fishing where you will find steenbras, kob and blacktail.
– Langebaan fishing trips can be arranged where one can enjoy lagoon fishing and ski-boat fishing which a great option for those wanting Black Marlin and the rare Broadbill which are also found here occasionally.
– Jacobs Bay or Bluewaterbay are all along the West Coast are also excellent options about 130-150km from Cape Town’s CBD. Jacobs Bay is especially safe and the perfect spot for family fishing and Bluewaterbay is a great place for less competitive fun fishing. The bay is also very well known for its sand sharks.
For freshwater anglers there are numerous dams close to Cape Town…
– Fischerhaven dam is loacted just outside of Hermans and is great for bass, rainbow trout fishing and carp
– Theewaterskloof Dam is near Villersdorp on the N2 past Bot River about 120kms outside Cape Town for smallmouth bass, trout and carp
– Clanwilliam Dam is about 230kms out of Cape Town on the N7 for large and smallmouth black bass
Recreational Fishing is regulated by “bag limits” and all fishers are required to get recreational fishing permits which can be organized at Post Offices or if you go fishing with an official charter company they will organise the permits on your behalf. The permit will give you the fishing regulations in detail. Please take note of all the prohibited species
If you obtain your own permits last for a year and must always be carried alongside your identity document when fishing.
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Rooi Els: Fish directly from the rocks – drive through the village to the last road, turn right down to the beach
Pringle Bay: Fish directly from the rocks along the shoreline
Maasbaai near the Hangkip Hotel: Catch directly from the slipway at Maasbaai or launch fishing boats here. Maasbaai is a good place for geelbek in the evening, kob during the summer, both from the shore and boat, galjoen in season and the odd poenskop. It is also a good spot for crayfish in season. Aasbankies – stop approximately 6km’s behind Tom se Klip and walk down to Aasbank at the beach.
Betty’s Bay has numerous surf and rock fishing spots along the coastline. Dive to the parking area at Tom se Klip (Silversands Beach) and walk down to the coast. Dawidskraal, Tom’s se Klip, Silwerstrand Beach and Jock se Baai. Wonder worm is the best bait in this area, and you can expect to catch geelbek, kob, steenbras, belman and galjoen. Mussel is good bait too. If you want to go for sharkies, there are plenty of spotties, smoothies and the odd cow shark around.
Kleinmond – in June, anglers come from all over for the snoek which is caught at the harbour. For Palmiet beach, turn towards the parking site on the road to the Caravan Park. Here you can try for galjoen and steenbras in front of the caravan park and the river mouth, using prawn and mussel. Fly fish for small leeries on the vlei. For beach fishing, walk along the Main Beach to the High Dune; fish from the rocks along the shoreline at Sandown Bay, you may get the odd galjoen in season. You could also find sharks (vaalies) about a 1km down the Main Beach, but you will need a very good cast to get to them. The rocks in front of Main Beach are good for galjoen, further along the beach the surf yields streenbras and cob/kabeljou. In November, Cape salmon can be caught from the beach.
Clanwilliam Dam (Municipal Resort)
A prime country fly-fishing spot and a great weekend getaway. more
2 Du Toit’s Kloof, Western Cape
Icy mountain streams for excellent freshwater angling. more
3 The Rhodes District, Southern Drakensberg
You’ll find cool, clear streams and fantastic trout fishing. more
4 Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch
Home to the oldest trout hatchery in southern Africa. more
5 Elephant Coast
Cape Vidal and Sodwana are all excellent game fishing destinations. St Lucia and Kosi Bay lakes offer a rare semi-saline environment in which to test your skill. more
6 Cape Point
Go deep-sea fishing off the southern tip of Africa and win some prizes to make your friends envious more
7 Shelley Beach, KwaZulu-Natal South Coast
A firm favourite known for excellent game fishing. more
8 Wild Coast, Eastern Cape
Rugged shorelines with nary a soul in sight. An excellent place for those who enjoy bottom-fishing and kite-fishing more
9 Jozini Dam, Pongola
Home of the fearless tiger fish. When you’re finished doing battle, relax on a luxurious houseboat. more
10 KwaZulu-Natal North Coast
In season, take on the big boys – for the best of game fishing (and surface-feeders).
Just east of Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost point, lies the small coastal town of Struisbaai, arguably the capital of near-shore boat angling in the Western Cape, served by a small but functional harbour.
Frequented in season by many recreational ski-boat anglers, the huge shelf of the Agulhas Bank supports a wide variety of bottom-feeding as well as pelagic species, desirable both as sport and food fish.
Another favourite species is the kabeljou, or “kob”, a fish similar to the American red drum. Favouring reefs surrounded by sand, this specie averages a similar size to the yellowtail.
A number of bottom feeding redfish species also occur in this area. The largest is the famous red steenbras which attains 150 lb but is commonly around 30 lb.
Other popular redfish include the red stumpnose and the red roman, reaching 20 and 10 lb, respectively. As with most redfish, these species are all prized eating fish.
Rock and surf angling is a popular pastime in the Garden Route area and good catches are made. A number of different species of shark are caught along with kob and elf quite regularly.
See also Encounter Magazine’s comprehensive guide on Fishing in South Africa.
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