VCAS – 30'

Want to catch Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, or Barracuda in Durban, South Africa? Then book the ultimate fishing experience with Captain Paul Nel of VCAS, who will take you on a trip of a lifetime. He loves meeting people from all over the world and showing them the best that the area has to offer.

Spend the day aboard his 30’ Stormcraft walkaround boat that can accommodate up to 7 anglers. Fully overhauled in 2019, it features the latest and the best in marine electronics and safety gear, twin 140 HP Johnson engines, outriggers, downriggers, a fighting chair, a livewell, and an ice-box. It also has a restroom, a kitchen, and a sleeping area for maximum comfort on longer trips.

In addition to Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Barracuda, you could also be reeling in Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Musselcracker. The captain will take you up to 15 miles offshore, which is more than enough to land these big game trophies.

All the needed gear is supplied by the charter, as well as lures and fishing licenses. Snacks and drinks such as fruit, chips, water, coffee, tea, and more are included on all trips, but if you contact the captain beforehand, he can adjust the menu according to your preferences. Lunch is provided on full day and multiday trips – the catch of the day is either cooked in the onboard kitchen or barbecued on the boat, depending on the weather conditions. There is also an option to have brunch before these longer trips.

If you’d like to bring your own drinks and snacks, you can store them in the onboard coolers or the fridge. Please note that hard liquor is not allowed, but a couple of beers are okay.

The first mate will gladly clean your catch after the trip is done, so tips for his efforts are more than welcome (catch cleaning is done on the boat on multiday trips).

VCAS invites you for a once in a lifetime adventure – don’t miss the chance to fish with them and go home with memories you’ll remember for years to come!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Overnight Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    24 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    price breakdown
    This overnight trip includes a full day of fishing, spending the night on the boat, and then returning at sunrise. There are sleeping facilities on board, but not a bed for each person. The cabin is 5 meters long and pretty wide, so there's enough room for everyone, though most of the passengers usually choose to fish, not sleep. Depending on the bite, you'll be targeting Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Barracuda, Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Musselcracker.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    price breakdown
    Join the captain for 8 exciting hours of fishing fun in the sun! The trip usually begins at sunrise, and you'll be mostly focusing on trolling in the morning. You'll be then bottom fishing, jigging, and popping until noon when you'll have a lunch break. After that, you can go trolling in the afternoon and explore the deeper waters offshore. Your potential catch list will include Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna, Barracuda, Wahoo, and Musselcracker.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    price breakdown
    This morning half day trip usually starts at sunrise, which may vary depending on the time of the year. It usually begins with trolling in the morning, and then you'll get to bottom fish, pop, and jig until lunchtime around noon. If you catch your limits before, you can return earlier. Catch as many Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Barracuda, Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Musselcracker as you can!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    price breakdown
    If you're not a morning person, this afternoon trip is made for you! Depending on the bite, you'll get to reel in the likes of Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, Barracuda, Wahoo, and Musselcracker.
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About the Captain

Paul Nel
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Captain Paul Nel owns and operates VCAS. He grew up on the coast and fishing runs in his family – his father also owned a boat. Captain Paul has been fishing since he was 12 years old (he's 47 now). He loves fishing, especially offshore action. Paul is customer-centric – it's all about clients and their experience. He also loves meeting people from all over the world.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)
Musselcracker Musselcracker

Sailfish Sailfish
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Stormcraft (Walkaround) originally built in 1986, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 140HP Johnson engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

30 ft
7 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the dates of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

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