Cape Town offers some of the best fishing in South Africa and we are lucky to fish in the most idyllic setting in the world. From pearly white sandy beaches, to the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain and the notorious Cape Point, where the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean meet the icy cold waters of the South Atlantic Ocean.
It is the meeting of these currents that brings such abundance of sea life to the area. The Atlantic side of the coast brings vast quantities of plankton to our shores. This plankton is the vital food source for the massive shoals of Pilchard, Anchovies, Mackerel and a host of other small pelagic fishes and squids, which form the main food source of all our bigger predatory fish.
The area is also home to seals, penguins, whales and dolphins so your chances of seeing some of these creatures up close whilst on a charter with us, is very good. False Bay is also the home to many truly gigantic Great White Sharks and you shouldn’t be surprised when one makes an unexpected appearance.
‘Our oceans are like our second home and we treat it that way’.
We’ve got one of the best fishing spots in the country and we’d like to keep it that way. In order for us to do that, we follow these sustainable fishing principles:
- Respect bag and size limit
- Be aware of marine reserves
- Use the right tackle for the targeted species
- Practice catch and release where applicable
- Only take out what is needed – no overfishing
- Protect ecosystems and marine life, including birds
- Be considerate of marine life and keeping a respectful distance from dolphins, whales, turtles and seals.
- Make sure that no litter stays behind
- Support SASSI
- Support Conservation and the efforts of WWF
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus Albacares)
This is a magnificent gamefish species, ranging from 25kg to well over 100kg. They are a popular among anglers in cape waters for their superb strength, speed and fighting ability. They are found from October through to May preferring slightly warmer waters. Their name refers to their bright yellow fins.
Bigeye tuna (Thunnus Obesus)
Also a large gamefish, the Bigeye range from 25kg to over 100kg. They prefer water temperatures of around 18-21 ºC, and can be found from October through to the end of May. Like Yellowfin these fish are not for the faint hearted and will give any angler a good workout.
Longfin tuna / Albacore (Thunnus Alalunga)
Although not as large as the Yellowfin or Bigeye Tuna, the Longfin Tuna provides anglers with an exciting experience when hooked, either on bait or spinners, because of their pace when feeding. They prefer slightly cooler waters and can be found from October to December, and again from mid-March to June. Their name refers to their longer pectoral fins.
Skipjack tuna (Bonito Katsuwonus pelamis)
These are smaller tuna and rarely exceed 75cm in length. They average around 7kg and are easily identified by the 4 stripes that run on the lateral underside. The name is in reference to its habit of skipping along the surface of the water. They can be found throughout the summer months.
Dorado / Dolphinfish (Coryphaena Hippurus)
This specimen probably has the most vivid colouring and has to be seen to be believed. Dorado can be found at the height of summer when the waters are at their warmest. Unlike other pelagic fish, Dorado are usually found in pairs.
Cape Yellowtail Amberjack (Seriola Lalandi)
Also a gamefish, but found closer inshore, the Cape Yellowtail is a fast and powerful predator. They average around 100cm in length and weigh around 3-5kg, but don’t be fooled by their size. Catching these fish on a spinner will make an exciting outing. They are found around February to April and again August to October.
Cape Snoek / Barracouta (Thyrsites Atun)
Snoek are known as the local table fish. They are powerful, fast and have extremely sharp teeth in their large mouths. A good fighting fish that has to be handled with caution when landed, so as to avoid being bitten. Snoek can be found throughout the winter months from May to October.
Jacopever / Blackbelly rosefish (Helicolenus Dactylopterus)
Hottentot (Pachymetopon Blochii)
Minimum size limit 22cm. These are generally bottom reef fish.
Roman / Red fish (Chrysoblephus Laticeps)
Minimum size limit 25 cm. Good table fish. Found mainly in winter months.
Crayfish / West Coast Rock Lobster (Jasus Lalandii )
Very seasonal. Strict limits and permits required.
The following table is a guide only.