Smart Fishing Charters – Skipjack

Smart Fishing Charters is an owner-operated charter boat service that provides excellent fishing opportunities to suit any taste. From beginner groups and families to veteran anglers, Smart Fishing Charters has the means and the knowledge to get you reeling in some amazing fish, and having a good time doing so.

The vessel you will be spending your day aboard is “Redeye” – a 26’ Tomcat, fitted with twin 140HP Suzuki engines. She has plenty of space to carry 6 guests and have them fishing at the same time. There’s a toilet on board and a cabin, so you’ll travel in complete comfort.

The vessel comes equipped with all the fishing essentials, including GPS and fishfinder to track down the best spots and outriggers for top-class trolling. You’ll be using and quality Penn and Shimano fishing gear to make sure you land your catch.

Your trip with Smart Fishing Charters could see you fishing anywhere from calm inshore waters to open ocean, which is why the boat comes equipped with a massive variety of equipment. There’s a variety of species you could hook, depending on where you decide to cast your lines.

On inshore trips, you’ll stay on the trail of Red Emperor Snapper, Seabream, Cape Bream/Hottentot and sometimes even a shark. If you’d like more of a challenge, travel to Cape Point and come face to gills with the likes of Yellowtail, Skipjack Tuna, and Cape Barracuda/Snoek. The offshore expedition will take you to the bluewater, where Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Sharks await, along with an occasional Marlin between December and February.

Whatever you decide to keep, your guide will clean and fillet for you after the trip, or you can simply leave it all to the crew. If you’re coming with children, they should be at least 8 years old to enjoy inshore fishing, and 12 to actively participate in the offshore escapades.

All you need to get for your day on the water is snacks, drinks, and lunch on longer trips. Explore the riches of South Africa fishing with Smart Fishing Charters!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 6 persons
    If you've come to South Africa to target various Tuna species and Sharks, this is the expedition for you! You'll be on the water from sunrise to sunset, chasing Longfin and Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, as well as Blue and Mako Sharks. Who knows, maybe Marlin make an appearance if the fishing conditions align. Pack plenty of food and drinks to last the trip and be ready to fight the giants of the deep.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Cape Point
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    up to 6 persons
    When you book this trip, you'll set off to Cape Point, where you can find an abundance of fish that are both exotic and fun to catch. Barracuda, Snoek, Yellowtail (also known as Kingfish), and Skipjack Tuna are all in the cards, so there's plenty of species to choose from. Prepare your lunch, drinks, and snacks, and get ready to reel and reel some more!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 6 persons
    This short, but sweet trip is a great option for anglers who don't have much time, but still want to experience solid fishing Cape Town has to offer. Lingcod, Seabream, and Red Emperor Snapper are there for the taking, and your captain will know exactly where to take you. Don't forget your favorite snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 6 persons
    Spend 8 hours on the productive inshore waters around Cape Town and see how many different species you can hook in that time. Red Emperor Snapper, Lingcod, and Seabream are the most common catches, but other species could find their way to your line too. Grab some food and drinks, and come aboard.
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About the Captain

David Wolhuter
Cape Town, South Africa
8 Fishing Reports
Response time 8 hours
Member since May 2016
From a young age, Captain Dave caught fish in Namibia and Botswana and his passion grew after hearing the ringing of a reel his first Tuna. He now runs Smart Fishing Charters, offering his clients the chance to catch one of these awesome creatures that inspired him to dedicate his life to fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Gilt-head (Seabream)

Shark (Mako)
Snapper (Red Emperor)

Tuna (Albacore)
Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Buttcat (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2007. Powered by 2 140HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 22 knots.

26 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Air Conditioning
Life Jackets
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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:
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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