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The best shing spots along the coast and inland
Compiled by Paul Cowley, Justin Lindsay and Georgina Jones

Quicknder Fishing spots Fish names How to use this book Introduction by Paul Cowley Preface Safety rst Aquatic environments and shes Status of shery resources Fishery control measures Going shing what to look for Tackle Responsible recreational angling The West Coast by Vincent Taylor The Western Cape by Vincent Taylor, Mike Pautz The Eastern Cape by Chris Schoultz, Paul Cowley, Andrew Pautz, Greg Brett,
Justin Lindsay, Craig Nelson

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Southern KwaZulu-Natal by Dean Pretorius, Craig Thomassen,

Stuart Dunlop, Jason Haxton

Northern KwaZulu-Natal by Rob Kyle Inland by Olaf Weyl, Rowan Timmer, Timothy Richardson, Alex Junod, Mike Bailey,
Geraldine Taylor, Bruce Ellender, David Weaver, Andrew Nienaber, Edward Truter

Mozambique by Paul Cowley, Francois Myburgh, Guy Ferguson Namibia by Joerg Walter Fish Identication Guide by Georgina Jones, Justin Lindsay How to use the Fish Identication Guide SASSI database Sharks and rays Saltwater bony sh Freshwater sh References Acknowledgements

by: Vincent Taylor & THE WESTERN CAPE Contributions Mike Pautz
To Malmesbury Robben Island

Bloubergstrand Table Bay


Blouberg to Strand
N 1

Milnerton Bellville Parow



Hottentots-Holland Nat. Res.

Cape Town International



Hout Bay

N 2







Fish Hoek

AA 3 A2

A A 5

A A AA 6 7 8

Somerset West




Gordons Bay

To Caledon

Simons Town

A Boulders Beach
False Bay

Table Mountain National Park

A Millers Point

R 44

A Bordjiesdrif Cape of Good Hope A Rooikrans GifkommetjieA A Diaz Rocks Cape Point
1 Kalk Bay Harbour wall 2 Baileys Cottage 3 Muizenberg Corner 4 Strandfontein 5 Beespens Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area No shing is allowed in the following restricted zones: St James Restricted Zone: between the tidal pool at St James and the tidal pool at Kalk Bay. Exact boundary coordinates are: 3407.123 S; 01827.568E 3407.567 S; 01827.050E 3407.567 S; 01827.568E Boulders Restricted Zone: in the area between the eastern end of Simons Town harbour and Oatlands. Exact boundary coordinates are: 3411.567 S; 01826.762E 3412.705 S; 01827.781E 3410.581 S; 01827.196E 3410.581 S; 01827.781E Castle Rock Restricted Zone: between the beacon VB1 at Millers Point and VB2 at Partridge Point, extending approximately one nautical mile seawards. Exact boundary coordinates are: 3415.480 S; 01828.344 E 3414.100 S; 01828.508 E 3414.100 S; 01829.300 E 3415.480 S; 01829.300 E

Pringle Bay

6 Mnandi 7 Swartklip 8 Macassar 9 Broken Road



Paulsberg Restricted Zone: between Smitswinkel Point and Venus Pool, and extending approximately one nautical mile seawards. Exact boundary coordinates are: 3417.744 S; 01828.020 E 3416.549 S; 01828.464 E 3416.549 S; 01829.000 E 3417.744 S; 01829.000 E 3358.757 S; 01817.797 E Cape of Good Hope Restricted Zone: between Hoek van die Bobbejaan and the fence at Scarborough, and extending approximately one nautical mile seawards. Exact boundary coordinates are: 3412.271 S; 01822.194 E 3418.393 S; 01824.258 E 3416.490 S; 01822.194 E Karbonkelberg Restricted Zone: between the Sentinel at Hout Bay and Oudekraal, and extending 3.3 nautical miles offshore at the widest point. Exact boundary coordinates are: 3403.660 S; 01820.252 E 3358.757 S; 01821.847 E 3403.660 S; 01817.797 E


Bloubergstrand O
A Spot
GPS Coordinates 334739.1S 182740.1E Tackle type Medium Bait White mussel, pilchard

Where to sh and what to sh for: Bloubergstrand holds more than just the classic view of Cape Town and Table Mountain. In winter when the northwest storms have stirred up the sea and opened new gullies, anglers arrive here to sh for galjoen, which can be found in great numbers and will take white mussel. Its impossible to list the best spots as gully formation is ever changing. Anglers are advised to drive along the beach and look for likely spots, or to ask an old angler. In early summer, silver kob can be caught on pilchard, and there are occasional catches of white stumpnose.

Supplies White mussel can be harvested from the beach at Melkbos. Tackle can be obtained from: Alpha ro Fishing Brackenfell, tel: +27 (0)21 981 18 0 The Fishing Specialist aitland, tel: +27 (0)21 591 4240

Important Contacts NSRI Table Bay Station 3, tel: +27 (0)82 990 5963 DAFF compliance office Cape Town, tel: +27 (0)82 779 3670, fa : +27 (0)21 02 3113

View from Bloubergstrand



Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard O
A Spot
Boulders Beach Llandudno Kommetjie Gifkommetjie Diaz Rocks
GPS Coordinates 341147.7S 182705.0E 3 0036.2 S 182030.0E 340827.2S 181932.2E 342013.2S 182710.2E 342123.2S 182943.0E Tackle type Medium Medium Medium Medium Heavy Bait Red bait (rotten), white mussel White mussel Red bait (rotten), white mussel Red bait (rotten), white mussel Spinners

Where to sh and what to sh for: In this area, anglers can head for Boulders Beach, a bay lled with round rocks south of Camps Bay, and try for galjoen during the winter storms or else brave the rocks at Llandudno for galjoen in winter and perhaps silver kob in summer. Offshore anglers can take charter boats from Hout Bay Harbour and head out to the deep to sh for tuna, yellowtail and snoek. Boats also leave from Kommetjie to sh and, in season, to catch rock lobster. The coast towards Cape Point from Kommetjie is mostly rocky with a few bays, and anglers tend to head for the Table Mountain National Park where good catches of galjoen can be made at spots like Gifkommetjie. Diaz Rocks is like Rooikranz, a spinner mans spot for yellowtail.

Unique Opportunities Rock lobster can be dived along this entire coast.

Supplies itsands Beach is good for collecting white mussel. Bait and tackle obtainable from: Hout Bay Boatyard tel: +27 (0)21 790 562

Important Contacts NSRI Bakoven Station 2, tel: +27 (0)82 990 5962 NSRI Hout Bay Station 8, tel: +27 (0)82 372 8792 NSRI Kommet ie Station 26, tel: +27 (0)82 990 5979 DAFF compliance office Hout Bay, tel: +27 (0)82 371 6268, fa : +27 (0)21 790 1792 DAFF compliance office Kommet ie, tel: +27 (0)82 829 3922, fa : +27 (0)21 783 5853



Western False Bay O

A Spot
Rooikrans Bordjiesdrif Millers Point Kalk Bay Harbour wall Baileys Cottage
GPS Coordinates 342050.3S 182911.9E 341900.0S 182747.2E 341357.2S 182823.3E 340742.9S 182658.5E 340648.0S 182756.7E Tackle type Heavy Heavy Medium to heavy Light Medium Bait Spinners White mussel, squid, octopus and spinners Squid, pilchard, lures Squid jigs Pilchard, squid, bloodworm

Where to sh and what to sh for: The cliff faces of the spectacular eastern shores of the Table Mountain National Park offer skilled shore anglers the chance of catching yellowtail from the rock ledges of Rooikrans. Bordjiesdrif is a good place to catch hottentot and roman year-round. Yellowtail also make an appearance here. The slipway at Buffels Bay allows anglers with boats to get to spearing and angling spots such as Bellows Rock and Rocky Banks. Here you will nd shoals of yellowtail when they are running, as well as the occasional yellown or longn tuna. These sh are also sought in the Deep Canyons offshore of Cape Point by charter boats that leave from Simons Town. Also to be found are pelagics such as geelbek, skipjack tuna, snoek and dorado. Spearshermen enjoy hunting for white steenbras, silver kob or elf offshore of Millers Point. Kalk Bay Harbour wall is only worth visiting for catching squid. More interesting, after a southeaster in summer, is Baileys Cottage where silver kob and elf can be caught.

Supplies Squid can be caught from Kalk Bay Harbour wall. Tackle can be obtained from: False Bay Tackle Shop in the False Bay Yacht Club, Simons Town, tel: +27 (0)21 786 5513 Jimmys Sports Fish Hoek, tel: +27 (0)21 782 3360 Tuckers Tackle Diep River, tel: +27 (0)21 715 5626 Important Contacts NSRI Simons Town Station 10, tel: +27 (0)82 990 5965 DAFF compliance office Kalk Bay, tel: +27 (0)82 829 3919, fax: +27 (0)21 788 1038 Unique Opportunities In rare circumstances, tuna may be caught from Rooikrans, which was also the site of many amazing catches in the past: a huge run of yellowtail in 1953 resulted in more than 350 yellowtail being caught, averaging more than 10kg per fish. This coast also produced the biggest yellowtail caught in False Bay, a monster of 25kg.




Muizenberg to Strand O
A Spot
Muizenberg Corner Strandfontein Beespens Mnandi Swartklip Broken Road Macassar Melkbaai Harmony
GPS Coordinates 340552.0S 182920.3E 3 0507.6 S 183310.3E 340439.9S 18 3600.5 340418.4S 18 3906. 340429.1S 184110.3E 340453.9S 184551.3E 340435.1S 184423.4E 3 0636. S 18 906.5 340828.1S 185048.4E Tackle type Medium edium, heavy edium, heavy edium, heavy edium, heavy edium, heavy edium, heavy Medium Medium Bait ilchard, s uid, bloodworm, sand prawn ilchard, mullet, s uid ilchard, mullet, s uid ilchard, mullet, s uid ilchard, mullet, s uid, bloodworm, sand prawn ilchard, mullet, s uid, bloodworm, sand prawn ilchard, mullet, s uid, bloodworm, sand prawn, red bait (rotten) Squid, pilchard Sand prawn, pilchard, mackerel, s uid, artificial lures



Where to sh and what to sh for: The long stretch of beach between Muizenberg and Gordons Bay offers several shing opportunities. White steenbras are often caught on bloodworm right in the corner at Muizenberg. In the summer, between Muizenberg Corner and Macassar, shermen can target white steenbras, silver kob, bronze whalers, diamond stingray and elf. However, this area has become notorious for muggings and attacks, especially on anglers who sh at night or early mornings. It is safer not to go alone. Galjoen and blacktail are caught in winter. Strandfontein runs for about 7km, so consult the locals to nd specic good spots. Anglers may be lucky here and catch large silver kob at high tide in shallow water. Further east, the whole Beespens area as well as Mnandi are very good for silver kob and elf. All along this coast, from the cliffs to the bird sanctuary at Eerste Baai, anglers will nd silver kob and elf and, if shing with the right bait, white steenbras. Swartklip is also known for summer catches of silver kob. Best conditions in this region are after a strong southeast wind on the rst day of northwest wind. The inshore gullies are best shed on the high tide, while at low tide those anglers prepared to wade are able to cast onto the inshore reefs in search of winter galjoen. The angling area between Broken Road and Macassar is well known for catches of galjoen, white steenbras, elf and silver kob. White steenbras and kob are usually caught at night in summer. Galjoen can be caught in winter and occasional runs of belman can occur. No shing is allowed between the Lourens and Eerste rivers. Melkbaai at Strand is a good spot for silver kob, while Harmony is best shed at low tide for silver kob and white steenbras, when anglers can get out to sh from the at rocks just offshore. These rocks are excellent for spinning for elf. Large shoals of leervis appear regularly and are targeted by yshermen. Kayak angling has taken off in this area and many anglers are seen shing off their kayaks in the late afternoon after work.

Supplies Along the ui enberg coast bloodworm can be pumped. rawn can be pumped in the two swimming pools at Strandfontein and onwabisi. The pumping of prawn and bloodworm is prohibited in the Strand area. Tackle can be obtained from: Strand Sport tel: +27 (0)21 853 7015 Somerset Sport tel: +27 (0)21 982 1877

Important contacts NSRI Strandfontein Station 16, tel: +27 (0)82 990 6753 NSRI ordons Bay Station 9, tel: +27 (0)83 625 0 81 DAFF compliance office ordons Bay, tel: +27 (0)83 255 9991, fa : +27 (0)21 856 5222

Unique Opportunities The Strand is one of the finest seawater y fishing areas along the Cape coast. hen the southeast wind blows it is possible to fish with it in your back, allowing for long casts.



Cape Town International


A A Fish Hoek Buoy 3 A False Bay Simons GunsA Town Boskloof A KoelbaaiA Table Mountain National Park LedgesA West PointA Cape Point AasbankA VisbaaiA OspuntA N Koppiepiering A DoringpuntA Holbaai A Tom se Klip A Whaling StationA
Platbank Vogelsteen


Somerset West Sir Strand

Gordons Bay to Hermanus

N 2

Lowry's Pass

Theewaterskloof Dam

To Riviersonderend

Gordons Bay
R 44

Elgin Houhoek



Rooiels Pringle Bay Betty's Bay

Kleinmond Hawston
Botrivier Vlei Onrus


A Jock se Baai A David se Kraal A Verwoerd Beach A Die Been


New Harbour Die Gang

ASandown Point

A A KwaaiwaterA
Walker Bay


Helderberg Marine Protected Area No shing is allowed between the mouth of the Eerste River and the mouth of the Lourens River in False Bay, extending 500m seawards from the high-water mark. Bettys Bay Marine Protected Area Only shore angling is allowed between beacon B1 at Stoney Point and

beacon B4, to the east of Jock se Baai, extending approximately two nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark. 3422.450 S; 01853.765 E 3421.357 S; 01856.240 E 3424.450 S; 01853.765 E 3424.450 S; 01856.240 E

Gordons Bay to Rooiels O

A Spot
Platbank Vogelsteen Buoy 3 Guns Boskloof Koelbaai Ledges West Point
GPS Coordinates 340940.2S 185157.5E 340957.3S 185128.4E 341042.2S 184942.9E 341104.1S 184917.9E 341300.1S 184947.3E 3 1 23.6 S 185107.3E 341727.1S 18 916.2 341729.0S 184914.8E Tackle type Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy Medium Heavy Heavy Bait ilchard, s uid, bloodworm ilchard, s uid, bloodworm ilchard, s uid ilchard, s uid ilchard, s uid Red bait (rotten), white mussel, sand prawn, bloodworm ilchard, s uid ilchard, s uid


Where to sh and what to sh for: Gordons Bay has been heavily overshed and anglers must head for the rugged rocky coast towards Rooiels for shing. Beware, though, because this stretch of coastline is notorious for freak waves, and crosses mark the spots where unwary anglers have been swept off the rocks and drowned. To date 80 anglers are known to have lost their lives in this area. In summer, boats leaving from Gordons Bay and Harbour Island harbours can hunt for roman and hottentot. In the evenings a good number of silver kob can be caught off the Harmony coast. Rock angling starts at Platbank and Vogelsteen, which together are part of what is known as the Near-Mountain, and are excellent spots for large silver kob and white steenbras after the rst winter storms in April. Throughout the summer they also produce elf.

Buoy 3, Guns and Boskloof are deepwater spots that can produce geelbek, yellowtail and the odd silver kob. Again, they produce more sh when the sea is reasonably rough after a cold front has passed. Koelbaai beach and the round stones to the north of it are excellent for galjoen during winter, and in summer, particularly in the evenings, large white steenbras may be caught here. Ledges and West Point are probably the deepest spots on this section of coast and in years gone by even produced large red steenbras. Today, however, geelbek and yellowtail can be caught, along with the odd roman and hottentot. All these sites are excellent shark spots, especially for bronze whalers and smooth-hound sharks.

Supplies ordons Bay Tackle tel: +27 (0)21 856 5919 ringle Bay ini art tel: +27 (0)28 273 8331

Important Contacts NSRI ordons Bay Station 9, tel: +27 (0)83 625 0 81 DAFF compliance office ordons Bay, tel: +27 (0)83 255 9991, fa : +27 (0)21 856 5222

Gordons Bay to Rooiels



Hangklip O
A Spot
Ospunt Koppiepiering Visbaai Holbaai Doringpunt Aasbank Tom se Klip
GPS Coordinates 3 2250.6 S 184958.1E 342242.8S 185009.2E 342241.8S 184930.0E 342312.0S 185144.1E 342248.2S 185124.7E 342229.4S 184944.5E 342214.9S 185240.8E Tackle type edium to heavy edium to heavy Medium edium to heavy Heavy Medium Medium Bait ilchard ilchard Sand prawn, white mussel ilchard ilchard Red bait (rotten), white mussel Red bait (rotten), white mussel

Supplies Red bait can be cut off the rocks in aasbaai and at Aasbank. Tackle can be obtained from: enguin lace Kontrei inkel Bettys Bay, tel: +27 (0)28 272 9257 ringle Bay ini art tel: +27 (0)28 273 8331

Important Contacts NSRI ordons Bay Station 9, tel: +27 (0)83 625 0 81 NSRI Hermanus Station 17, tel: +27 (0)82 990 5967 DAFF compliance office Kleinmond, tel: +27 (0)73 308 9507, fa : +27 (0)28 271 769

Hangklip Lighthouse

pushing. Blacktail used to be caught here but are now rare. Boats can be launched from Maasbaai and out on the deep reefs you may catch good roman and hottentot through most of the year. In summer after a few days of strong southeast wind geelbek are caught right inside the kelp beds. Shoals of snoek are also a possibility, particularly in Holbaai. In Holbaai is Doringpunt, famous for geelbek. Aasbank is a good spot for galjoen, as is Tom se Klip, on the eastern side of Silver Sands beach. It is also good for white steenbras. Boats launching from Maasbaai and heading out to sea should be wary of the shallow kelp beds which often break if a large swell is running.

Where to sh and what to sh for: The area around the dramatic eastern crag of False Bay, Hangklip, is unshable because of the thick kelp beds that occur here and anglers generally head for Maasbaai, and, starting at the western end, sh from Ospunt, Koppiepiering and Visbaai. Anglers mainly target geelbek in summer, especially during gale-force southeasters. In summer silver kob can also be caught. In winter the focus shifts to galjoen and white steenbras. Visbaai then becomes a hot spot when the tide is


Bettys Bay O
A Spot
Whaling Station Die Been Verwoerd Beach David se Kraal Jock se Baai Sandown Point
GPS Coordinates 342232.1S 185333.2E 342154.1S 185408.0E 342125.4S 185509.4E 342125.7S 185515.4E 342115.9S 18 5606.0 3 2036.9 S 190212.8E Tackle type Heavy Heavy Medium Medium Heavy Medium Bait ilchard, s uid ilchard, s uid ilchard, s uid rawn, white mussel, red bait (rotten) ilchard, s uid rawn, red bait (rotten)

Where to sh and what to sh for: This area of coast has lots of kelp and low rocks interspersed with sandy bays. The Whaling Station with its penguins is a good spot for geelbek and silver kob and between the Whaling Station and Die Been are many gullies for galjoen shing. These gullies change with sea conditions and the tides, so the interested angler must walk along the coast to see what looks best. Kelp, however, can be a problem. Die Been is a good spot to try for geelbek, white steenbras and galjoen. Verwoerd Beach is a sandy beach of about a kilometre, which might see some silver kob in summer and galjoen and white
Supplies ost of this area is a limited A. N Y shore angling is allowed between beacon B1 at Stoney oint and beacon B , to the east of Jock se Baai, e tending appro imately two nautical miles seawards from the high water mark. No et skis are allowed in this area. Boat angling and bait collection are forbidden. Bait and tackle can be obtained from: enguin lace Kontrei inkel Bettys Bay, tel +27 (0)28 272 9257

steenbras in winter. David se Kraal is a good place for white steenbras and galjoen in winter and dusky kob and white steenbras in summer. This spot is best shed during a pushing tide.
Jock se Baai is a little further along the coast and is known for silver kob and geelbek. In Kleinmond, Sandown Point is an excellent spot for white steenbras and galjoen. The whole area produces hottentot year-round off the deeper points. Huge shoals of sevengill cowsharks can be found in spots such as Verwoerd Beach, Whaling Station and Jock se Baai.
Unique Opportunities Here, at any of the deep points, the fortunate angler could run into a shoal of yellowtail.

Important Contacts NSRI Hermanus Station 17, tel: (0)82 990 5967 CapeNature management authority tel: +27 (0)28 271 5138

Banded galjoen


Port Edward O
A Spot
Splash Rock Spiros
GPS Coordinates 310300.4S 301348.7E 310401.5S 301303.8E Tackle type Light, medium, heavy Light, medium, heavy Bait Pilchard, frozen prawn, squid, mackerel, live bait Frozen prawn, squid, live baits

A Covers the entire coastline of South Africa and

Where to fish and what to fish for: Splash Rock is one of the best-known deep-water points on the KZN South Coast and is an excellent platform to target trophy species such as dusky kob, garrick, king mackerel and back-breaking sharks such as raggedtooth sharks, blacktips, giant sandsharks and more. Good scratching for small fish such as bronze bream is also available both north and south of the main point. Splash Rock is most productive from April through to September, which coincides with the annual shad and sardine runs. A lesser-known spot, Spiros, has all the same species as Splash Rock but sees far fewer anglers; it is a good place to get away from the crowds. It is best fished in a northeasterly wind.
Important Contacts NSRI Port Edward Station 32, tel: +27 (0)76 617 5002 Marine Anti Poaching Hotline tel: +27 (0)83 380 6298 Supplies Port Edward has a well-stocked tackle store in the main street: Tackle Net tel: +27 (0)39 313 3013.

selected sites in Mozambique and Namibia

A Popular inland fishing sites also covered A All the best fishing spots with GPS coordinates A What and when to catch A Tackle type and bait options A Where to purchase supplies

Pondoland Marine Protected Area No offshore fishing is allowed in the area bounded by a line running 128 from the southern head of the Sikombe River, a line running 128 from the northern head of the Mbotyi River and the 1000-m isobaths. No shore-based fishing is allowed along the following four sections of coast: 3110.3S; 03007.5E to 3112.5S; 03005.2E 3115.0S; 03002.9E to 3116.8S; 03001.2E 3117.6S; 03000.6E to 3119.1S; 02958.5E 3125.4S; 02951.2E to 3127.0S; 02945.5E No fishing is allowed in the Mtentu and Msikaba estuaries. Trafalgar Marine Protected Area Only shore angling and fishing for certain pelagic fish is allowed between beacon N1 south of Centre Rocks and beacon N2 opposite the southern boundary of the Mpenjati Resort, extending one nautical mile seawards from the high-water mark.

Unique Opportunities For any serious shore angler wanting to land a trophy king mackerel, Splash Rock is possibly your best bet. The previous SA senior record and the current SA junior record were both caught here in the past five years. December to July are the best times to target these fish. The annual sardine run between June and August can see some frenetic fishing, especially when conditions are favourable and the little fish come within casting distance. Offshore one can target trophy king mackerel or challenge the mighty yellowtail on the wreck. A few charters operate out of Port Edward- see


Sardine run

Contributions by: Dean Pretorius, Craig Thomassen, Stuart Dunlop & Jason Haxton

Port Edward to Mtwalume



To Durban

A Mtwalume


A Hibberdene
N 2

A Stiebel Point, uMzumbe A Sunwhich Port

Oribi Gorge Nat. Res. To Kokstad

Sea Park
Port Shepstone





A The Sandspit A The Block A Port Tweni, Oslo Beach


uVongo Margate

Shelley Beach

R 61

Palm Beach Munster Glenmore Beach

Port Edward

A Trafalgar Reef AMpenjati Estuary A High Rock Palm Beach A Ladder Rock (Leisure Bay) A Splash Rock A Spiros

A Shelley Beach ski-boat base A Orange Rocks and Pot Hole A Margate Pier A Shirley Avenue Ramsgate A Mbizana Estuary A Southbroom Point



Leisure Bay to Southbroom O

A Spot
Ladder Rock (Leisure Bay) High Rock Palm Beach Mpenjati Estuary Trafalgar Reef Southbroom Point Mbizana Estuary
GPS Coordinates 310107.1S 301516.5E 305930.1S 301629.6E 305816.5S 301653.2E 305711.3S 301807.9E 305443.2S 302003.7E 305428.5S 301959.1E Tackle type Heavy surf tackle Light, medium, heavy surf tackle Light estuary tackle, fly-fishing Light to medium surf tackle for reefdwelling species Light, medium, heavy surf tackle Light estuary tackle, fly-fishing Bait Fish baits (e.g. bonito, yellowtail, shad), whole squid Pilchard, red-eye sardine, squid, live shad Sand prawn, pilchard, small live baits, leadhead jigs with soft plastics, artificial lures Sand/frozen prawn, squid, red-eye sardine Squid, mullet, mackerel, red-eye sardine Sand prawn, pilchard, small live baits, leadhead jigs with soft plastics, artificial lures

A Important contact numbers A Unique fishing opportunities A Maps showing all the sites A Fishing rules and regulations
dark spot on upper gill cover edge



Bigeye kingfish Caranx sexfasciatus
Also known as Stock status Tackle and bait Record catch Catch/bag limits Dusky jack No commercial fishing or sale allowed SASSI RED Best caught at night on fish baits and a variety of lures. SA angling record 7.8kg No miniumum size, five fish

Biology: A torpedo-shaped fish, silvery-grey but greenish-blue dorsally, tip of dorsal and anal fins white. Black spot on gill cover. Juveniles with six darker bars. Mature at 50cm, spawns inshore in pairs in spring and summer. Maximum size 1m and 15kg. From Margate north and into Indo-Pacific. Typical habitats: Clear water over coral reefs and also sandy bays; juveniles in estuaries. Shoaling during the day, solitary hunting at night. Roaming.

Includes Fish ID Guide

Leervis/Garrick Lichia amia

Stock status Tackle and bait Record catch Catch/bag limits No commercial catch or sale allowed SASSI RED Popular sport fish that readily takes live bait such as mullet or pilchard as well as lures, but vulnerable to overfishing. Stick to catch limits. SA angling record 32.2kg SA spearfishing record 31.2kg Minimum 70cm, two fish

A Fish identification guide A SASSI database

Biology: A large, elongated silver-bodied fish, with a curved lateral line. Matures at 60cm. Mostly spawns off KwaZulu-Natal in spring. May reach 2m and 50kg. Found from the eastern Atlantic and around the coast to Maputo. Typical habitats: Found in small shoals in the wave zone, where it hunts smaller fish. Migratory to Cape provinces in summer and KwaZulu-Natal in winter.

curved lateral line


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Contributors: Mike Bailey, Greg Brett, Paul Cowley, Stuart Dunlop, Bruce Ellender, Guy Ferguson, Jason Haxton, Georgina Jones, Alex Junod, Rob Kyle, Justin Lindsay, Francois Myburgh, Craig Nelson, Andrew Nienaber, Andrew Pautz, Mike Pautz, Dean Pretorius, Timothy Richardson, Chris Schoultz, Geraldine Taylor, Vincent Taylor, Craig Thomassen, Rowan Timmer, Edward Truter, Joerg Walter, David Weaver, Olaf Weyl

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