Durban Fishing

Each spring and summer, the rich tepid waters of KwaZulu-Natal prove irresistible to a voracious army of South Africa's trophy pelagics, making Durban one of the country's favorite sportfishing habitats. Although the local waterways have consistently proven to fish well regardless of the proclaimed season, December thru May is when you really get to see the notorious hotspots of the Indian Ocean come to life. The likes of Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Queenfish, Wahoo, Queen Mackerel and many others invade the spreads, with frequent dolphin and Humback Whale sightings providing a scenic backdrop while you're busy reeling in that catch of a lifetime. Home to the annual Marlin Club of South Africa Billfish Tournament, Durban is also renowned for playing host to a wide variety of billfish bruisers, including Black, Blue and Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Shortbill Spearfish, Broadbill Swordfish and more, with common by-catches of Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo when going after these monsters of the deep. For those interested in something a bit less hair-raising, reef fishing is productive virtually all year long, with an abundant local quarry to keep the rods bent at all times, including Bronze Bream, Slinger, Englishman, Soldier Bream, Garfish, Rockcod, Musselcracker, Rubberlips, Slinger and more!

Known For

uShaka Sea World, The Golden Mile beaches, Durban Botanical Gardens, Umgeni River Bird Park, Valley of a 1000 Hills, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Natural Science Museum, Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding, Surfing paradise, KwaMuhle Museum, Inanda Heritage Trail, The Sharks rugby team

Rules & Regulations

Each recreational fisher and certain other user groups must pay for the right to use marine resources by buying a recreational permit/fishing permit. A recreational fishing permit entitles the holder to catch fish for own use only and not for the purpose of selling or trading fish.

Durban Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.