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The story of Struisbaai fishing is a very inspiring one. What used to be a small fishing village gradually turned into one of South Africa’s most successful coastal settlement. Nowadays, Struisbaai is not only a thriving destination for sports anglers, but its harbor also hosts a commercial fleet of respectful size. Horse riding, hiking, and diving are just some of the other things you can find in this lovely town, apart from the world-class angling opportunities that is.

Known For

In the Western Cape Region, anglers regard Struisbaai as the capital of nearshore fishing, and it’s easy to see why. Stretching for more than 200km to the south is a long and shallow part of the continent shelf that’s known as the Agulhas Bank. These waters are home to a wide variety of pelagic and bottom feeding species, making them a perfect choice for any angler looking for a big prize. Speaking of big prizes, the deep sea fishing in this part of South Africa is absolutely outstanding, and well worth the invested time and effort.

Nearshore Fishing

Most nearshore fishing here is done in the eastern reaches of the Agulhas Bank. This usually means fishing near De Mond, but sometimes even further out. Of course, it all depends on what you’re looking to catch. Probably the most popular species targeted on nearshore trips is the Yellowtail Amberjack. Yellowtails reside in these waters year-round, but reach their peak numbers in summer and fall. Another local favorite is the Kob. Visiting anglers from the US consider Kob to be the Redfish of South Africa.

Some of the other species found nearshore include Geelbek, Leerfish, Fingermark Bream, and more besides. Not only is there so much variety to be found here, but you don’t even need to spend a long time looking for it!

Deep Sea Fishing

The second pillar of the local fishing scene, you’ll find many anglers who will readily claim that deep sea fishing in Struisbaai can easily give Cape Town a run for its money. Whether you might agree or not, the fact remains that you’ll find some amazing fishing a couple of dozen kilometres out. For the most part this will include numerous species of Tuna (Yellowfin, Skipjack, Bigeye), Black Marlin, and Mahi Mahi.

Need to Know

The currency used in South Africa is the Rand. You can find ATM machines spread out all over, and most businesses accept major credit and debit cards.

Regulations

All adult anglers will need to have a fishing license in order to fish in Struisbaai. Cumulative bag limits are the norm in South Africa, and your charter captain will tell you about any current exceptions taking place during your stay.

Budget

Most charter trips to the Agulhas Bank will last between 5-6 hours. This can cost you anywhere between ZAR 8,000-10,000, depending on the size and capacity of the boat. Deep sea fishing trips, on the other hand, usually last longer than 10 hours and will set you back somewhere in the ZAR 15,000 mark.

Getting There

Highway 2 connects the entire southern coastline, so that will be your main avenue of approach, regardless where you’re coming from exactly. If you plan on flying in, keep in mind that the closest airport is in Cape Town, some 150 km away from Struisbaai.

This is one of the prime fishing destinations in South Africa, and a day of fishing is all you need to find out why that is. There’s plenty of other things here to do as well, making Struisbaai a perfect destination for a summer fishing getaway.

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January

The start of the year is prime time to get started on that Yellowtail bite! Trolling will work wonders when you’re fishing nearshore in the morning hours.

February

While Struisbaai fishing is constantly diverse, there’s hardly a better time to see that in action than in February. From Kob to Yellowtails and Geelbek, it’s all good fun!

March

The latter half of March usually means the start of peak Tuna season. From Skipjack, Yellowin, and Bigeye Tuna, there’s plenty to choose from in the deep waters.

April

You can expect the offshore action to start dialing down as the month goes on. Fortunately, there’s plenty of great fishing closer to the shore.

May

With a few more weeks of good Tuna fishing left, you’re officially on the clock if you’re looking to catch some delicious Yellowfins during your stay here.

June

Winter has come to Struisbaai, making for a less intense period of fishing during the next few months. You can still count on a decent Snoek and Yellowtail bite, though.

July

July is a great time to go Shark fishing with friends or family. Mako and Thresher Sharks are the most common species you can find in the Agulhas Bank.

August

This time of year makes for wet weather in the southeast. Some of the most popular fishing involves going after the likes of Snoek and Yellowtail.

September

Offshore fishing is slowly making a comeback in September, so get ready for a long and rewarding time on the water. Good luck with the local Marlin!

October

Tuna are back in town, and so is the best fishing around. Whether it’s nearshore or offshore, you’re in for some word-class angling all day long.

November

Warmer waters make for more abundant fish wherever you decide to go. Might as well try going after Mahi Mahi and Billfish while the weather allows.

December

The year might be about to wrap up, but the fishing sure isn’t. In fact, this might be one of the best times for targeting Yellowfin Tuna offshore.

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Greatest Deepsea Fishing Trip Ever!
Noël B. fished with Michelle Deep Sea Fishing Charters on August 10, 2018
Take a Windbreaker for in case, Some finger Snacks on the boat, Samosas and small pastry pies did it for me and Ginger-ale if you suspect you might have light ocean sickness it helps allot taking off the edge, the ginger that is :) But all in all Make sure you go with the right Charter. If you want a big boat and just cruise along DONT book Michelle Charters! Michelle Charters is a dedicated fishing boat on which you will catch fish so dont wear your fancies on the boat you would most probably end up staining them with fish slime!