Fishing at sunset. Photo courtesy Jason Hudson

Whether it’s the excitement of fighting a large game fish out at sea or the more sedate art of fly-fishing that appeals to the angler in you, Cape Town offers a wide choice of saltwater and freshwater options, from deep-sea charters to fly-fishing in rivers and dams.

Some of the best game angling spots in Southern Africa are found around the Cape Peninsula. On the False Bay side of Cape Point, bluefin and yellowfin tuna have been hooked off the ledge, while Rooikrans, in the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park, has been rated as one of the finest fishing areas in the world. Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay are also famous fishing spots in the angling fraternity. Both of these spots also have tidal pools, picnic areas, barbecue facilities and beautiful nature trails and walks. White steenbras, stumpnose and galjoen are caught from the rocks at Kommetjie and further along the coast.

During the winter months, the Cape snoek run and Kommetjie Bay see a flotilla of seagoing craft gathering to make short work of the plentiful fish. For anglers who prefer to fight their fish, a trip out to sea about 30 nautical miles off Kommetjie takes you to the deep-sea fishing grounds that are home to tuna, albacore, black marlin and the fighting mako shark.

If you find the lure of the deep ocean and large game fish irresistible, then Big Fisher Fishing Charters is just right for you. This charter company specialises in catching tuna, strong yellowfin, big-eye or longfin, and other species of game fish. It also fishes inshore for yellowtail, geelbek, snoek, kabeljou and reef fish.

The waters that Big Fisher operates in have earned a reputation for game and deep-sea fishing. Tuna generally range from 10kg to 120kg. Cob, yellowtail and Cape salmon are generally in the 5kg to 32kg class, while Cape snoek can reach up to 8kg and provide excellent sport on light tackle. Fishing and viewing charters are available all year round. Big Fisher’s mooring is in Simon’s Town, a 45-minute, scenic drive from Cape Town.

Hooked on Africa Fishing Charters has a fleet of customised charter fishing vessels, personally skippered by professional, qualified guides with years of local experience. En route to deeper waters, you may see many species of albatross, killer whales and dusky dolphins. The fishing day usually includes some crayfishing for West Coast lobster for a decadent crayfish lunch on board.

Hooked on Africa Fishing Charters’s office hours are from 08h00 to 17h00 on weekdays. Sean can be reached after hours on +27 (0)83 460 3963. All charters include drinks and snacks, and full-day charters include breakfast and lunch.

Big Blue Fishing Charters is an owner-operated business that offers clients the ultimate experience in big game and bay fishing. The company operates out of Simon’s Town harbour in False Bay, a 45-minute drive from Cape Town.

Choose from three trips: a deep-sea game fish charter from 07h00 to 16h00; an offshore/inshore game and reef charter from 08h00 to 16h00; or a crayfish trip from 09h00 to12h00. Big Blue Fishing Charters operates 365 days per year.

If you’re looking for a professional service for big game, deep-sea sport fishing, spear fishing and pelagic bird watching, look no further than Two Oceans Sport Fishing Charters, which operates from the Simon’s Town waterfront.

Various fishing options are available, including inshore and fly-fishing trips, extreme fly-fishing and offshore trips. Full-day trips depart at about 07h00 and return to Simon’s Town at about 16h00. Rates include all tackle, bait, lunch (on full-day trips) and refreshments.

For the freshwater enthusiast, there are a number of dams close to and further afield from Cape Town, where bass, trout and carp will take your lure. Just 15 minutes from the city centre is Fischer Haven, stocked with bass, rainbow trout and carp. An hour-and-a-half’s drive takes you to Theewaterskloof Dam for large and smallmouth bass, trout and carp. For more varied waters, the Clanwilliam Dam, where large and smallmouth black bass lurk in rock caves and drop-offs, lies three hours away.

See our full list of tour operators specialising in fishing, or give us a call for a recommendation or to help you make a booking – we don’t charge anything extra.

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