Cape Town Fishing Charters

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Cape Town Fishing Charters

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Cape Town: 29 fishing charters available
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Cape Town

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Cape Town, Western Cape are: Full list of top fishing charters in Cape Town

The average price for a private 4 hour Cape Town fishing trip is $442, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $631 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Cape Town that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Cape Town are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Cape Town are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Cape Town are:

Many fishing charters in Cape Town 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 Cape Town are:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Cape Town are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $9,498
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $5,788
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $5,750
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $6,389
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $20,500
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $10,003
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $11,500
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $15,500
  • 11-hour fishing trips – $16,725
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $20,500

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.

Known For

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
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Based on 27957 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The weather is warm and fine, and Yellowtail is biting prime time. Big schools of these feed near the coast, so head there. Kob and Geelbek also galore, while the likes of Yellowfin and Longfin Tuna are solid.  

February

Cape Town fishing is on fire. Kob, Geelbek and Yellowtail still bite as crazy, with an occasional Mahi Mahi, or Yellowfin Tuna. Set your hopes high - Black Marlin might be around!

March

Showtime! Yellowfin Tuna are in abundance, so head offshore. Longfin Tuna are also a common sight this time. Yellowtail, Kob and Geelbek bite with same fervor as before, so a lot of fine inshore angling. 

April

Temperature is going down, but it’s still warm and sunny. The sea is brimful of Yellowfin Tuna, Longfin Tuna, Geelbek and Kob. Yellowtail is also around, so sharpen your rod! Snoek is subdued still. 

May

The big ones are still around offshore. For maximum amazement, try fly fishing for Yellowfin Tuna. Near the coast, Snoek and Yellowtail put up a good fight. In rivers, hefty Trout prepare for winter months, so head up. 

June

Winter has come, and Cape Town fishing season is in the blue. Snoek now reign the salty inshore, so you can go for it. Still, plenty of fun on rivers and dams - try fly fishing for Salmon and Trout.

July

July is dark and full of Snoek. With only 5 hours of sun on the average, July saltwater fishing is depleted compared to its summer heydays. If you’re feeling like inshore fishing, then sure come and visit. Else, head out to rivers and dams. 

August

The wettest month of the year offers Snoek, and seldom Yellowtail. You can always test your luck and fill your bags with a fish or two, but don’t expect supreme catch. Rivers and dams offer Rainbow and Brown Trout.

September

The heat is slowly rising. Snoek and Yellowtail are still a fair sight. In rivers, look out for Trout - some of them might literally rattle as they are pulled up from water from all the snails they eat. 

October

As the sea offer rebounds, major action is taking place everywhere. Still, Cape Town’s drawcard is strong Yellowfin Tuna that swim offshore. As you head there, you can see the likes of Yellowtail, Geelbek and Kob.  

November

November brings warmer sea, which means Cape Town fishing is about to get hot. Catch Yellowtail and Geelbek. You can go after Kob standing surf fishing style. Out in the open, Yellowfin and Longfin await.

December

Cape Town waters get replenished. Priority number one should be Yellowfin Tuna. Other items on the menu include Yellowtail, Kob and Geelbek.

Cape Town fishing calendar

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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.
Jack  H.
Jack H.
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 :-)
John  C.
John C. Cape Town, Western Cape
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
Stephen  K.
Stephen K. South Africa
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
Andrew  D.
Andrew D. El Paso, TX

Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(26 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.
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 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
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.
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 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.
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)
This fishing excursion is well worth it if you like catching fish. I caught a tremendous amount of fish as Captain Wayne and his crew kept my poles baited and ready to go. He even supplied me with beer and sodas to drink. Captain Wayne went above and beyond to make the excursion memorable.
Terry  T.
Terry T. Phoenix, AZ
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Absolutely Outstanding!!!! Captain Doaovan and 1st mate Ryan are above board. We came out of season with zero fish being caught in the area....Captain Donavan put us on fish, all day. The vessel is clean, comfortable and dependable. The crew was very accommodating and extremely knowledgeable about SA and local areas. We will ALWAYS use Ocean Life Fishing Charters when we can... Thank you Ryan,Thank you Donavan....
Derek  L.
Derek L. Cape Town, WC
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
An absolutely fantastic trip with captain Don. Great crew and experience, would absolutely recommend for anyone looking for an adventure on the water. Safety first and our group were well looked after the moment we stepped on the boat. Honestly, if you are looking for a fishing experience in Capetown, make sure to book with Don.
Aaron  H.
Aaron H. Cape Town, Western Cape
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We had a minor issue pop up and Captain Donavan was great in getting it sorted out. He got us on with another captain and we were able to have an awesome fishing adventure. Although we didn't get to go out with Captaon Donovan, he went above and beyond to make sure we had the fishing trip we were looking for. When we come back next time we will be booking with him again!
John  P.
John P. Lyman, SC
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
The fishing trip was Awesome, we all had an amazing time. Caught a lot of fish while reeffishing and even two amazing sharks at the end. Definitely recommend booking a trip!
Mees  K.
Mees K. Moorreesburg, Western Cape
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Went on a 6 hour fishing trip. In the first hour we immediatly caught some yellow tail. Donovan did everything to make sure we could catch a lot of fish. Overall we caught about 7 different species and more than 20 fish all together. Definitely booking another trip with Donovan, and i would very much recommend anyone else to do so.
Bente  G.
Bente G. Cape Town, Western Cape
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Donavan was an excellent guide with a wealth of knowledge of fishing as well as history regarding the Cape peninsula. My friend and I had a blast while out on the sea with him and his brother! Would absolutely recommend them to friends and family.
Austin  S.
Austin S. Frankfurt Am Main, Hesse
Tunatic Fishing Charters
Tunatic Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
It was great, don't miss this trip. Clear recommendation from me. The equipment was excellent! Thank you
Leon  E.
Leon E. Roth, Bavaria
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Donanvan and his colleague did everything to lead the boys (19/15) to exciting fishing rounds and not just to show the usual spots of success. They didn't come back with a lot of fish but with bright eyes and lots of new insights. A great day out for them and totally recommended.
Marein  B.
Marein B. Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal
Tunatic Fishing Charters
Tunatic Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Most amazing day, will absolutely reccomend Tunatic charters for a fun-filled day
Jan  S.
Jan S. Pretoria, GT
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
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 - the boat is very safe and well equipped.
Nick  V.  D.
Nick V. D. Cape Town, WC
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Ocean Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We went with captain Eric which was a fantastic experience. my twins(12yrs) and older son (16) had an unforgettable time. although the twins got slightly sea sick, they continued and got better as we went on. Eric assisted by making it easier for them by fishing in calmer waters. but the yelowtail rush on Cape Point was the cherry on the top. we caught plenty and was just amazing. The boat was in good condition with all equipment supplied. i would recommend it anytrime. tx Yasin Manack
Yasin  M.
Yasin M. Johannesburg, GP
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
My last fishing of the year 2019 was in Capetown, South Africa and we, as a team, got some massive African Catfish ?? The line pulling force was much stronger than that of American Channel Catfish I caught in Japan? Thank you very much Wayne for arranging us a wonderful fishing tour ?✨
Yoshinori  I.
Yoshinori I. Kosai, Shizuoka
Cape Town Fishing – No Fish No Pay
Cape Town Fishing – No Fish No Pay
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(3 reviews)
The captain is very kind. He worked hard to catch a lot of fish, so we caught many big carps. The captain himself set up the tent, started the fire, grilled the meat, and took care of everything. Then he fulfilled our request to go to winery for wine tasting. Our whole family was very happy! Thank you so much. captain! Better if you clean inside of the car and outdoor chair.
Megumi  U.
Megumi U. Mauritius
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Had a great day fishing for barbel and carp. Wayne used his local knowledge and experience to guide me through everything from setting up the rods, attaching bait, striking and reeling in the fish. Will definitely go again.
Douglas  B.
Douglas B. Cape Town, WC
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Cape Town Carp & Catfish Tours
Fishing charter in Cape Town
Very good
3.7 / 5
(9 reviews)
My son and I had a very idyllic morning with Wayne. He is really knowledgeable and went out of his way to make our trip a memorable one. Note though, this is not a first class fishing trip, but an unsophisticated experience with a real local fisherman.
Braam  F.
Braam F. Cape Town, Western Cape