South Africa Fishing Charters

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South Africa: 91 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Cape Town
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trips from US $425
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(23 reviews)
Durban
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trips from US $186
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Cape Town
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trips from US $557
Cape Town
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trips from US $1,327
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3.5 / 5
(5 reviews)
Durban
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trips from US $133
Excellent
4.4 / 5
(22 reviews)
Durban
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trips from US $186
Very good
3.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
Cape Town
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trips from US $425
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Durban
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trips from US $255
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Cape Town
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trips from US $61
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in South Africa

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in South Africa are: Full list of top fishing charters in South Africa

The average price for a private 4 hour South Africa fishing trip is US $310, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $554 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in South Africa that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in South Africa are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in South Africa are:

The top 3 types of fishing in South Africa are:

Many fishing charters in South Africa provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in South Africa are:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in South Africa are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $6,900
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $6,440
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $6,648
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $9,218
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $21,500
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $12,040
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $15,271
  • 11-hour fishing trips – US $32,500
  • 12-hour fishing trips – US $17,250
  • 15-hour fishing trips – US $25,200

Fishing in South Africa

If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure in South Africa, why not give fishing a try? After all, over 15% of the world’s marine species are found not far from the 3,000 kilometres of coastline. And that’s before we’ve even spoken about freshwater fishing! Hop aboard a South Africa fishing charter and discover the riches of this world-class fishery.
 
The country borders two oceans, making it a meeting point for some truly prized fish. In the deep, you’ll find Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, at least three types of Tuna, along with Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Wahoo, and much more. While nearshore and inshore, you can hook into Yellowtail Kingfish, Garrick, Kob, Red Steenbrass, Sharks, Elf, and the popular Snoek. 
 
In freshwater, you’ve also got pretty much everything you could want. Hit the mountain streams in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape and you’ll discover some of the best Trout fisheries in the world. And there’s also a number of prime rivers, lakes, and dams stocked full of Carp, Bass, Catfish, Yellowfish, and Tilapia – known locally as Blue Kurper.
 
With such a range of fishing on offer, South African fishing charters have a wealth of trips for you, too. Beginners can test the waters with a few hours inshore or on a lake. Meanwhile, professional anglers can spend days in remote lodges or out on the deep ocean waters.
 
Cape Town and Durban are two of the more popular ports, with Richards Bay and Port Shepstone either side of Durban also offering up plenty of charters. Inland, Rhodes or Stellenbosch are good freshwater starting points.
 

Rules & Regulations

Fishing licences are required in South Africa, even if heading out with a guide. Everyone over the age of 6 in freshwater and 12 in salt will need one, so don’t forget to get yours. For all bag and size limits, your professional guide will make sure you’re fishing within the law. 
South Africa
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 28537 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

South Africa Fishing Seasons

January

January has good action around Cape Town with reliable bites from Geelbek, Skipjack and Bigeye Tuna, and Kob. Blue and Black Marlin can be targeted in deep waters, as you're in the middle of summer!

February

Offshore fishing charters in Durban are going after Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blue and Black Marlin. This is the month to try for that new personal best as summer rages on.

March

The offshore fishery moves west in March. Yellowfin and Longtail Tuna, as well as Kob and Mako and Thresher Sharks can be hooked in the southwest of the country. Take advantage of the end of high season.

April

This is the last month of intense offshore action around the Western Cape, with good strikes from Yellowfin Tuna, Blue and Black Marlin, Wahoo, and other pelagics. Come before it's too late!

May

Deep sea charters are still going strong with reliable Sailfish, Kingfish, and Skipjack Tuna action. Closer toshore you can land Geelbek, Amberjack, Queenfish or Bonito, as a sign of things to come.

June

Offshore fishing slows down as the winter kicks in and the fishing moves closer to the coast. Sailfish and Kingfish are still reliable off the East Coast, but you'll want to focus your attention on the bays or freshwater.

July

Bonito and Geelbek are some of the most active species off the Eastern Cape. Closer to Cape Town you can go after Thresher, Mako and Black Sharks, as well as Gurnard, while freshwater fishing is active, too.

August

Skipjack Tuna is going strong and can be properly targeted in nearshore and offshore waters. Shad is also good. The temperature is in the 15-18°C range, perfect for some sightseeing after your trip.

September

Sailfish start increasing in number during September as we look towards the next fishing season. Black Marlin are also a good target in September, with Leerfish and Gurnard also biting nearshore.

October

You can’t catch Shad during October at all, but that's no worry as the Blue Marlin slowly arrive, and Black Marlin and Sailfish are abundant. This is the start of the real deep sea fishing season, so kick it off in style!

November

If you’re a bluewater fanatic this is the month for you! Blue and Black Marlin, Wahoo, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin and Skipjack Tuna, and more are biting in the deep. Seriously, the offshore action is red hot!

December

The bluewater bonanza carries over to December. Shad is back on the catch list and you can hook up Amberjack, Cobia, Giant Trevally, and other fighters in good numbers, along with the pelagic monsters.

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What anglers said about fishing in South Africa

Weather, winds -make sure boat is capable of high seas for a comfortable ride!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather, winds -make sure boat is capable of high seas for a comfortable ride!
Tunatic Fishing Charters
Tunatic Fishing Charters
Keep your dates flexible, allow a few days because the weather is less guaranteed in November. We had to wait for a calmer day to get out, so we allowed time and stayed flexible.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Keep your dates flexible, allow a few days because the weather is less guaranteed in November. We had to wait for a calmer day to get out, so we allowed time and stayed flexible.
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
It's an experience of a lifetime for anyone who is into fish, fishing, the beach and the ocean.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It's an experience of a lifetime for anyone who is into fish, fishing, the beach and the ocean.
Riptide Charters
Riptide Charters Oxford, MA
Let the captain cost the day to go out as the fishing can change on a daily basis. They know the waters so trust them :-)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Let the captain cost the day to go out as the fishing can change on a daily basis. They know the waters so trust them :-)
Abundance Fishing And Eco Charters
Abundance Fishing And Eco Charters Cape Town, Western Cape
Very cool in the mornings when going out, we would recommend windbreakers and take your sea sickness tablets especially if you going with little ones. Small bite sized fruit snacks and small rolls that's easy to finish in 3-4 bites. Its busy on board!
Very good
4.0 / 5
Very cool in the mornings when going out, we would recommend windbreakers and take your sea sickness tablets especially if you going with little ones. Small bite sized fruit snacks and small rolls that's easy to finish in 3-4 bites. Its busy on board!
Mighty Fishing Charters
Mighty Fishing Charters Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
A world class venue both for beach and boat fishing. Massive sharks as well as superb eating fish. My favourite venue anywhere.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A world class venue both for beach and boat fishing. Massive sharks as well as superb eating fish. My favourite venue anywhere.
Hookup Fishing Charters Durban
Hookup Fishing Charters Durban Braintree, England
Book with Must Catch Fishing Charters you will have the time of your life!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Must Catch Fishing Charters you will have the time of your life!!
Must Catch Fishing Charters
Must Catch Fishing Charters Boksburg, GP
Try to leave as early as possible to give yourself time to find the right areas, especially if targeting big game fish Take sunscreen and water Take photos as the surrounding sights are breathtaking. Possibility of seeing whales. Can't go wrong
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Try to leave as early as possible to give yourself time to find the right areas, especially if targeting big game fish Take sunscreen and water Take photos as the surrounding sights are breathtaking. Possibility of seeing whales. Can't go wrong
Outrageous Fishing - Depth Charge
Outrageous Fishing - Depth Charge South Africa
If you are prone to motion sickness please take pills before docking. Motion sickness will spoil all the fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are prone to motion sickness please take pills before docking. Motion sickness will spoil all the fun.
St Francis Safaris Fishing Charters
St Francis Safaris Fishing Charters Grahamstown, EC
Contact captain before finalizing trip to plan best trip re weather and season
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact captain before finalizing trip to plan best trip re weather and season
Cape Town Fishing Charters
Cape Town Fishing Charters El Paso, TX

How did anglers rate fishing charters in South Africa?

Sensational Magic
Sensational Magic
Fishing charter in Shelly Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Wonderlike diens en baie behulp saam. Skipper ken die waters en waar vis is ons het n wonderlike vangs gehad baie dankie vir alles sal gerus weer julle dienste gebruik. Baie dankie
Janneman  P.
Janneman P.
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Donovan and his mate Armand just made this experience better than we could have imagined. We saw some incredible wildlife on the way which would have made this trip already worth it. We caught so much fish and thats really on Donovan who made sure we get to the best spots and chase the fish! Thanks so much for that day!!!
Tobias  T.
Tobias T.
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
We had such an amazing few hours on the water. Donovan and Grant were kind patient and generous with the kids, gave them clear instructions and were sensitive to all of them - not easy when some are having break-downs when others are catching fish! Everyone was buzzing on the way home, it was a magical afternoon, a moment to remember forever. Can’t recommend them highly enough.
Ben  T.
Ben T.
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(32 reviews)
Great experience with a very knowledgeable captain Donovan and assistant Grant. We experienced all sorts of fishing techniques and bagged various species of fish (most were released) such as squid, yellow tail, reef fish and shark. We also encountered seals and two magnificent sun fish. My teenage sons greatly enjoyed the trip.
ROBERT  S.
ROBERT S.
Blu-Ray
Blu-Ray
Fishing charter in Durban
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(23 reviews)
The boat was a beauty, clean and in excellent condition. The equipment was also pristine. The crew was warm and welcoming and super competent. We felt safe and we would definitely book again because of the crew - TK and Tobani.
Shayne  K.
Shayne K.
Sensational Magic
Sensational Magic
Fishing charter in Shelly Beach
Very good
3.7 / 5
(12 reviews)
Great people, everything was ready to go when we arrived. The captain had a good understanding where the fish was a we did catch some good fish. The deckhand Timmy was also great and helped with everything.
Johannes  E.
Johannes E.
Sting Ray
Sting Ray
Fishing charter in Durban
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
We set out to catch a Mahi Mahi and had one within 2 hours. Colin was great at setting the rods and assisting with anything we needed. Heyne was a great captain with excellent communication and a good sense of humour. An excellent trip all round (if only my fellow fisherman didn't get seasick)
Shayne  W.
Shayne W.
Tunatic Fishing Charters
Tunatic Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Everything went as planned, Shawn’s knowledge of Dassen Island was a bonus, he’s boat is awesome, electronics and fishing gear all was great, what a professional skipper. I defiantly would recommend Tunatic Fishing! Next time we will plan the Tuna Trip with Shawn!
Mario  M.
Mario M.
Simply The Best Fishing Charters
Simply The Best Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Durban
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Please do yourself a favour and book a trip with Simply the best charters. The skipper (Jakes) has vast knowledge of all facets of fishing and his deck hand (Shorty) is the best assisting and giving advice. His fishing gear is top notch.
DENNIS  C.
DENNIS C.
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Captain Donavan & Grant are a great team and fishing is their life. They know their fishing spots very well and are willing to share them. The trip was tailored for beginners, like we have been but I‘m confident they can also make experts happy. Simone & Trudi
Gertrud  R.
Gertrud R.
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(32 reviews)
Had a great trip out with Captain Donavan and his crew mate Grant. It was cold and windy and the yellow tails not playing ball so we gave up on them and fished on the reefs and caught plenty of fish. Lost count. Donavan also supplied a running commentary on the history of the shoreline features and wild life even pointing out ostriches feeding on the shore. These guys really know their stuff and are very friendly and professional.
Stephen  H.
Stephen H.
Simply The Best Fishing Charters
Simply The Best Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Durban
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
We had an amazing experience fishing with Capitan Jaked. He knew exactly when and where we need to be to catch the fish. I highly recommend Simply the Best Fishing Charters!
Barney  K.
Barney K.
Blu-Ray
Blu-Ray
Fishing charter in Durban
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
We were a completely novice group and had a wonderful day out. We caught fish and saw whales. Despite everyone wanting something a little different, the skipper and his crew went out of their way to accommodate us and make it special. We will definitely do this again.
Daniel  S.
Daniel S.
Sting Ray
Sting Ray
Fishing charter in Durban
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(22 reviews)
The trip was really great we didn't catch as many as whatl we expected but we were in the fish and had constant bites so no problems there. Heyne and Colin were on point and will definatley be booking another trip in the near future. Thanks guys was an awesome experience big thumbs up you guys won't be disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark  C.
Mark C. Johannesburg, Gauteng
Blu-Ray
Blu-Ray
Fishing charter in Durban
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
My son and i had a great time. Skipper and team were great, showing us things and pointing things out. Very friendly and very helpful. Definitely will go out again with them when we book again.
Brian  D.  M.
Brian D. M.
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Fantastic winter's day fishing fun for all as well as some first timers. Lots of fish caught, and a great day out for us and our friends from Scotland. Beautiful location, great equipment and so much fun! Thank you again Wayne.
Kirstin  A.
Kirstin A. Cape Town, Western Cape
Blu-Ray
Blu-Ray
Fishing charter in Durban
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
I have fished on charter boats all across the Indian Ocean but Blu-Ray is the nicest, cleanest and well run boat I have ever been on. Crew were great, organisation and communication the best. I hope to go again one day and can thoroughly recommend to anyone. Fishing wasn't bad either !!!
Laurie  S.
Laurie S. Lusaka, Lusaka Province
Cape Town Fishing – No Fish No Pay
Cape Town Fishing – No Fish No Pay
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Everything we could wish for was provided and this trip was a wonderful day out for my husband’s Birthday. Had loads of fun and he was in his element with this inland fishing trip. Great lunch and equipment. Wayne has excellent knowledge of the location and fishing! Recommended.
Kirstin  A.
Kirstin A.
Blu-Ray
Blu-Ray
Fishing charter in Durban
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Great fishing experience for our children fishing for the first time. The crew helped us so much and really focused on making it a memorable experience for the kids. We will definitely book a trip again next time we visit Ballito.
Henri  B.
Henri B.
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Our trip was simply the best. Caught lots of yellowfin tuna and big ones at it. Donovan is very experienced and I will not look for any other boat when I do my next fishing trip.
Coen  D.  K.
Coen D. K.

Top Targeted Species in South Africa