Simply The Best Fishing Charters

Boatmans Road
Durban NL, South Africa

Simply The Best Fishing Charters is located at Wilson’s Wharf in Durban Harbor, South Africa. For those who are looking for an exclusive fishing excursion with a lot of fun, you have found the right place!

Book a trip and hop onboard to enjoy your adventure. The ‘Simply The Best’ will be your boat for the day. She is a 36’ John Butt catamaran with twin 200 HP Yamaha engines and plenty of space for up to 10 anglers. Simply The Best is rigged with Lowrance and Furuno electronics, along with professional accessories. With an enclosed portable toilet, an experienced skipper, and a deckhand on board, Simply The Best is a boat for you.

All trips are tailored to suit your specific needs. Both light and heavy tackle is brought on board for bottom fishing, trolling, and deep sea fishing. If you want to try fly fishing, just let the crew know and bring your favorite tackle. Bait, lures, and a complimentary fish cleaning service are also included.

Depending on what trip you decide to choose, you will be able to fish up to 25 miles out for Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin, as well as Wahoo, King Mackerel, Dorado, Snapper, and Geelbek.

The team will work hard to put you on the hottest bite. Even though you will be fishing with a lucky crew, there is no guarantee of fish. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Bottom & Big Game
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 666
    up to 10 persons
    You will need about 30 minutes to reach fishing grounds, which are up to 25 miles (40 km) out. There, you will be targeting big game and bottom species, including Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo, King Mackerel, and maybe even Blue Marlin.
  • Private trip
    3 Day Trip - Marlin
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 days trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip available 15 Nov - 28 Feb
    US$ 596
    up to 10 persons / day
    This trip lasts 3 days and is good for those die-hard anglers. You will be able to experience game fishing at its finest, targeting monster Marlin. Meals and drinks are not included.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 456
    up to 10 persons
    This morning trip will see you concentrating on bottom and game fishing for various species that are in season and biting, such as Geelbek and Snapper. You will need about half an hour to get to the fishing grounds, that are up to 9 miles (15 km) out.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US$ 456
    up to 10 persons
    On this afternoon trip, you will be exploring the fishing grounds that are up to 9 miles (15 km) out. You will be game and bottom fishing for a variety of species, including Snapper and Geelbek.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Geelbek (Cape Salmon)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)
Snapper (Pink)

Boat Specs

John Butt (Catamaran) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2012. Powered by 2 200HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 34 knots.

36 ft
10 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate


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
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

About the Captain

Jakes Van Den Berg
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Member since June 2014
Captain Jakes Van Den Berg has over three decades of fishing experience, which have gained him a vast knowledge and an impressive reputation. Jakes is a professional skipper who especially enjoys deep sea fishing and introducing his clients and friends to it. One of Jakes' favorite species of fish is Geelbek.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

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