Simply The Best Fishing Charters

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 Suzuki 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
    15 Hr Trip – Marlin/Tuna/Big Game
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    15 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 AM
    $1,212
    price breakdown
    $1,212
    This 15-hour trip will take you fishing for a variety of Marlin (Black, Blue, Striped), Tuna, and Sailfish.
  • Private trip
    12 Hr Trip – Marlin/Tuna/Big Game
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $982
    price breakdown
    $982
    On this 12-hour adventure, you'll be focusing on catching Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin, as well as Tuna and Sailfish.
  • Private trip
    12 Hr Trip – Big Game/Bottom
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $895
    price breakdown
    $895
    Join the captain for 12 hours of big game fishing for Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish and bottom fishing for Snapper and others.
  • Private trip
    10 Hr Trip – Big Game/Bottom
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $866
    price breakdown
    $866
    You will need about 30 minutes to reach the 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
    10 Hr Trip – Marlin/Tuna/Big Game
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $866
    price breakdown
    $866
    Ready for some amazing big game fishing? The captain will take you after Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin, as well as Sailfish and Tuna.
  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip – Marlin/Tuna/Big Game
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $751
    price breakdown
    $751
    On this 8-hour excursion, you'll be targeting the likes of Marlin, Tuna, Mahi, and Wahoo.
  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip – Game/Tuna/Deep Sea
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $664
    price breakdown
    $664
    This trip will see you fishing for Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, King and Queen Mackerel or a variety of bottom species. You can also combine both styles of fishing.
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip Game/Tuna/Deep Sea (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $578
    price breakdown
    $578
    On this 6-hour trip, you'll be focusing on catching Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, King and Queen Mackerel or bottom fishing for a variety of species. Combining both is also possible.
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip Game/Tuna/Deep Sea (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $578
    price breakdown
    $578
    This afternoon trip will take you bottom fishing or catching big game species such as Wahoo, Mahi, Tuna, King and Queen Mackerel. You can also combine both.
  • Private trip
    5 Hr Trip Game/Tuna/Deep Sea (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $520
    price breakdown
    $520
    The captain will take you deep sea fishing for game fish like Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, King and Queen Mackerel or bottom fishing for various species. Combining both is also an option.
  • Private trip
    5 Hr Trip Game/Tuna/Deep Sea (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $520
    price breakdown
    $520
    Either fish for delicious bottom species or go for big game such as Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, King and Queen Mackerel. Or why not both?
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip – Deep Sea/Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $491
    price breakdown
    $491
    This trip will take you deep sea or inshore fishing for 6 hours for bottom or game species. King Mackerel, Queen Mackerel, Dorado, Wahoo, and various bottom species will be on the menu.
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip – Deep Sea/Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $491
    price breakdown
    $491
    On this afternoon trip, you'll be targeting Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo, King Mackerel or do some bottom fishing if that's what you prefer.
  • Private trip
    5 Hr Trip – Geelbek (Night)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Jan 1
    $462
    price breakdown
    $462
    This trip will take you night fishing for Geelbek/Cape Salmon.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $462
    price breakdown
    $462
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $462
    price breakdown
    $462
    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.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip – Deep Sea/Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $433
    price breakdown
    $433
    Join the captain in the morning for 4 hours of inshore and deep sea fishing for the likes of Geelbek, Dagga, and Grouper, just to name a few.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip – Deep Sea/Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $433
    price breakdown
    $433
    On this trip, you'll be focusing on inshore and deep sea fishing for bottom species such as Geelbek, Dagga, Grouper, and more.
  • Private trip
    5 Hr Trip – Backline (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $318
    price breakdown
    $318
    This morning trip will see you fishing for Shad, Stumpnose, Queen and King Mackerel.
  • Private trip
    5 Hr Trip – Backline (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $318
    price breakdown
    $318
    You'll be fishing for Shad, Stumpnose, Queen Mackerel, and King Mackerel.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip – Backline (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $289
    price breakdown
    $289
    The captain will take you fishing for Shad, Stumpnose, Queen and King Mackerel.
  • Private trip
    5 Hr Trip – Harbor Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $289
    price breakdown
    $289
    On this trip, you'll be harbor fishing for a variety of inshore species.
  • Private trip
    5 Hr Trip – Harbor Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $289
    price breakdown
    $289
    On this trip, you'll be fishing the harbor waters for Gunter, Snapper, Salmon, and Garick.
  • Private trip
    3 Hr Trip – Backline (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $260
    price breakdown
    $260
    This morning trip will see you targeting Stumpnose, Queen and King Mackerel, as well as Shad.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip – Harbor Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $260
    price breakdown
    $260
    You'll be fishing for Harbour Gunter, Garick, and Snapper.
  • Private trip
    3 Hr Trip – Harbor Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $231
    price breakdown
    $231
    This 3-hour trip will take you harbor fishing for Gunter, Garrick, Snapper, and Salmon.
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About the Captain

Jakes Van Den Berg
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
9 Fishing Reports
1 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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

Boat Specs

John Butt (Catamaran) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2012. Powered by 2 200HP Suzuki 4 stroke engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 34 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
10 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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:
Cash
Bank Transfer

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December 4, 2018
Family fishing Best trip ever, filled with fun and lots of fish Jakes are the best Captain and host we ever went...
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