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Fishing in Cape Town
The city of Cape Town grew out of a little more than a speck of dust. Its mighty long history almost lends itself to legend, and same goes for fishing its waters. Lying at the meeting point of two oceans, fishing spots in Cape Town have witnessed some of the most iconic Tuna and Marlin catches throughout the years. Numerous fishing charters around the city provide some of the finest big game outings.
Since it was established, the city flourished as a supply port - streams of people passed by, cultures clashed and merged, and the city finally emerged as the capital of South Africa. It is now a modern city that offers some of the finest big game fishing in the world. Few places around the continent will allow you to experience the diverse offerings of the Indian Ocean quite like these historic waterways.
Big game. Super big game. When you plan your Cape Town holiday, the first thing on the bucket list should be Yellowfin Tuna. Then, just below your rods and reels, write Marlin. You can then add Yellowtail, the local fish market, and many restaurants that serve juicy fish. Numerous fishing shops are scattered around the city, so you can easily equip yourself with proper gear.
Talking of local delicacies - Cape Snoek is a feisty little beast. Its razor-sharp teeth can easily take a sudden turn, so even more experienced anglers should watch out. Once you land it, enjoy its taste Cape Town style - braai it with your fellow travelers.
Another great fish to cast your lure after is Geelbek, also known as Cape Salmon. Its Afrikaans name means “yellow mouth”, so you will have easy time recognizing it. It’s not only what’s in the name, it’s also what’s in the taste - Cape Town’s version is said to be juicier than its European counterpart.
The nourishing coastal waters surrounding the city bolster a medley of vivacious marine life, including trophy pelagics, as well as sharks, dolphins, marine birds, cetaceans and many others.
Often considered Disneyland for inshore enthusiasts, Hout Bay is brimming with Yellowtail and the elusive Snoek, as two of the area’s most prominent targets, along with reliable seasonal additions of Cape Salmon, Kob and much more.
False Bay is another great spot to get hold of the oily Snoek. Do take care - fishing from the rocks may seem adventurous, but high tide marks can easily get swept away by the killer waves.
Heading further offshore, and in for some super big ones - between 30 to 40 miles offshore, it’s open water Tuna galore, with Yellowfin and Longfin Tuna prowling the hotspots. They are ready to crash your spread without so much as a notice.
Blue and Mako sharks have also been known not to pass on a well-presented bait, along with the likes of Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail, and even an occasional Striped and Black Marlin! Many 900 pound Black Marlins have been caught here, and another grander could be easily waiting near.
Cape Town can get really warm. Both the temperature and fisheries boom in summer months, while winters stay moderate and wet.
Rules & Regulations
Before you head out to hot fishing spots in Cape Town, there’re couple of things to understand. The government invests a lot of effort to preserve the diverse marine life. This means that respecting regulations and their work is welcome and can help everyone have a nice time.
If you’re looking for recreational fishing - meaning sports or pleasure - you’ll need to get out your fishing permit. It lets you fish for a period of one month to up to a whole year, and can be obtained at any office authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
As regulations on particular species may vary from time to time, the safest road is to get in touch with your local fishery control officer. Do bear in mind that you are not allowed to sell or trade the fish, and that some species cannot be caught year round. We’ll go into that in a second, codename: fish calendar.
Types of Fishing
If there is one thing fishing in Cape Town should be about, that’s Yellowfin Tuna. Once you reach some 20 to 50 miles offshore, you’ll want to try trolling or live bait - use Sardines. Most Cape Town fishing charters have a trip or two to get the big ones as the area is one of the most densely populated Tuna spots in the world. When Sardine start their run towards the coast of Mozambique, predator Tuna follows close behind.
Trolling also works beautifully when fishing for Yellowtail. They give in to spinning, jigging and live bait, and feed near the coast and above rocky areas. The local stars, Snoek, stick around for the better part of the year - these ferocious fanged fish will chomp your lures and bait. Once you find them, spinning is the answer. You can also use drifted baits, spoons or jigs.
As you head out, you will see numerous harems of seals that sit in the sun on the rocks. Shark will strike there. The brave anglers who venture out can also catch big game on the fly. Or, go surf fishing - this is proven to be a lucrative method to get hefty Kob, more so if you experiment with lure size, shape and color.
On the other side of the spectrum - Bass, Trout, and Carp. Fishing in Cape Town fresh waters is a feast. There are plenty of lakes, dams, and rivers. Beginners will find superb training grounds there and can employ fly fishing.
Cape Town Fishing Seasons
Cape Town Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Cape Town
"Tuna & Yellowtail bonanza"
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