Ocean Life Fishing Charters

Ocean Life Fishing Charters is owned and operated by Donavan out of Simonstown, Cape Town. Come and spend a memorable day fishing in and around False Bay, at the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. We offer a wide variety of trips, all tailored to meet your needs and specifications.

Their charter vessel is a 2017 model 28’ Carry Cat powered by twin 130 HP Yamaha engines and running the latest Garmin electronics to get you straight out to the fish! Safety onboard is paramount and all equipment is certified and maintained to the highest standard!

Ocean Life Fishing Charters accommodate anglers of all skill levels and all charters come along with top class tackle, lures and the freshest baits available! Inshore, we focus on catching game species like Yellowtail Kingfish, Cape Snoek, and Bonitos. You can also try reef fishing for Red Roman, Cape Bream, Kob, Rockfish and various other delicious food fish.

Offshore, we offer full day trips fishing one of the best Yellowfin Tuna grounds in the world. Other species encountered are Longfin/Albacore Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, and Dorado/Mahi Mahi.

Ocean Life Fishing Charters is environmentally friendly and they try to tag and release fish whenever possible for the South African Oceanographic Research Institute. You have the option to keep your catch, which they will clean for you, or to tag and release it for research purposes and to be notified once recaptured.

Your Skipper and crew have a wealth of experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm that will educate and entertain you throughout your trip. While out on your adventure, you will get to see the diverse marine life that Cape Town has to offer like whales, dolphins, penguins and various Shark species.

Please note that a local fishing permit is required for all anglers onboard. These can be organized by the captain by prior arrangement at a small additional fee.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip - Tuna (4 PAX)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Jul 1
    $653
    price breakdown
    $653
    Head out past the magnificent Cape Point to the world-class Tuna grounds beyond. Target massive Yellowfin Tuna and other Tuna species like Longfin/Albacore, Bigeye, Skipjack, and Bonito, as well as Dorado/Mahi Mahi. En-route to the Tuna fishing grounds, there is also a good chance of catching Yellowtail Kingfish! We can accommodate up to 4 guests fishing but recommend 3 for the most comfort! Spearfishers bringing their own equipment can also be accommodated by prior arrangement.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $511
    price breakdown
    $511
    Spend a full eight hours fishing for Yellowtail, Cape Snoek/Barracouta, Bonito and various reef species around Cape Point. Otherwise, head out to Seal Island to catch various Kob, Yellowtail, Cape Salmon, Elf/Bluefish, and various redfish. We can accommodate up to 5 guests but recommend a maximum of 4 for the most comfortable experience. Spear-fishermen bringing their own equipment can also be accommodated by prior arrangement.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $426
    price breakdown
    $426
    You will be targeting various inshore species like Yellowtail, Cape Snoek/Barracouta, Bonito and various reef species around Cape Point or heading towards Seal Island to target various Red and Reef fish, Kob, Yellowtail, Cape Salmon and Elf/Bluefish. We can accommodate up to 5 guests but recommend a maximum of 4 for the most comfortable experience. Spear-fishers bringing their own equipment can also be accommodated by prior arrangement.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $426
    price breakdown
    $426
    For those wanting to sleep in while on holiday. You will be targeting various inshore species like Yellowtail, Cape Snoek/Barracouta, Bonito, and various reef species around Cape Point. You can also head out towards Seal Island to target various reef fish, Kob, Yellowtail, Cape Salmon and Elf/Bluefish. We can accommodate up to 5 guests but recommend a maximum of 4 for the most comfortable experience.
  • Private trip
    Robben Island Inshore (6 Hours)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $426
    price breakdown
    $426
    This inshore trip is well suited for visitors staying in Cape Town central or close by. We offer this as a morning or afternoon trip depending on your time constraints and the weather conditions. For this trip we depart from the Slipway near the the V&A waterfront, we will head out toward the world famous Robben island where we will target Snoek, Yellowtail, Cape Bream and Jack's. We can accommodate up to 5 guests but recommend a maximum of 4 for the most comfortable experience
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Sunset Squid & Reef
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $341
    price breakdown
    $341
    We will remain around Simonstown and catch squid with the option of also catching some Red and Reef fish nearby. A Braai/Barbeque can also be prepared by prior arrangement. We can accommodate up to 5 guests but recommend a maximum of 4 for the most comfortable experience.

About the Captain

Donavan Cole
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1 Fishing Reports
3 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2017
Donavan is extremely passionate about fishing. Whether at work or in his spare time, his entire life has revolved around the sea. He has fished both in South Africa and abroad recreationally, commercially and as a marine fisheries scientist. Donavan absolutely loves fishing and sharing it with others! Donavan is also a registered marine and coastal tour guide specialising in False bay and the Cape Peninsula with a wealth of knowledge in the marine and coastal environment of the areas of operation.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish Bluefish
Bonito Bonito
Geelbek (Cape Salmon) Geelbek (Cape Salmon)
Kob Kob

Rockfish Rockfish
Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)
Snoek Snoek
Tuna (Albacore) Tuna (Albacore)

Tuna (Bigeye) Tuna (Bigeye)
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Carry Cat (Catamaran) originally built in 2017. Powered by 2 130HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 37 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Handline
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
out of 5 stars from 3 reviews
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6 hour trip from Simmonstown
6 hour trip from Simmonstown
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Yasin M.
Johannesburg, GP
 5.00
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   January 2, 2020
We went with captain Eric which was a fantastic experience. my twins(12yrs) and older son (16) had an unforgettable time. although...
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Nick V. D.
Cape Town, WC
 5.00
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Half day inshore trip with Skipper Eric

VERIFIED   January 4, 2020
The trip was excellent in all aspects - Eric and Mervyn went out of their way to find the fish and make it a pleasurable trip...
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William L.
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 5.00
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6 hour trip from Simmonstown

VERIFIED   May 11, 2019
Great welcome from Donavan, very interested in sharing his passion while giving plenty of information on the fishing grounds...
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