South Africa Activity Break – Fishing

Fishing is one of those all time classic pursuits and South Africa is definitely a top choice if you would like to travel abroad to indulge your favoured pastime. Even if you are not into fishing and are travelling with someone who is, many of these places will have other activities to keep you entertained.

Fishing in South Africa
First things first, remember we have to stay legal, and to do this you will need an Angling License regardless whether it is freshwater or salt water fishing you plan on doing. They aren’t hard to get, most Post Offices will be able to sell you one and though the prices will vary you shouldn’t be paying more than R50. Each province will have their own unique one, so if you go fishing in another province then you will have to get yourself a new one for that province.

In addition to getting a license you may find there are restrictions on the sizes of the fish you can catch, so you should perhaps also pick up a booklet available from most angling stores in the country. But most of them time a Catch and Release policy is favoured.

Salt Water
Now on to the best bit, where to find the best fishing spots. If you would like to go saltwater fishing you will be spoilt for choice as South Africa has over 2500kms of coastline to play with. You can stay on shore, just standing waist deep in some of the most beautiful beaches in the country; or hire a boat, head out into the big blue and get yourself some bigger catches.

Some of the best coastal stretches to fish on can be found along the Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield, Wilderness, George and Mossel Bay are all excellent examples of coastal fishing spots. The fish you can be expecting to find in this area include Kob, Spotted Grunter, Shad, Steenbras, Musselcracker and in the summer you might even find Bronze Whaler Sharks and Spotted Ragged Tooth Sharks. There are a few other species found in this area as well.

Further east of the Garden Route you will come to the Wild Coast. This is a stretch of about 300kms with some of the most beautifully rugged coastline. There are some excellent spots from where you can go fishing from the coast of you can always hire a boat in such places as East London. The fish species you can find in these warm waters include black and striped marlin, yellowfin and skipjack tuna, kawakawa, king mackerel, queenfish, kingfish, dorado and wahoo.

Fresh Water
Another option is to find yourself a fishing lodge and take advantage of the local knowledge to get the most out of your fishing holiday. If you are in the Cape Town area then you might find these fishing lodges useful. The Alluvia Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, where you can go fly fishing for Rainbow Trout; the Tides River Lodge in Malgas, you can go fishing on the River Breede; and the Bo La Motte Wine Farm near Franschhoek, which features a dam filled with trout.

If you are in the Johannesburg area then you could try some of these fishing lodges. The Budmarsh Private Lodge in Magaliesburg, where you can go trout fishing on the Magaliesburg River; the Kloofzicht Lodge in Muldersdrift, which overlooks 6 fishing dams; and the Wildways Bush Camp near Rust De Winter, where you can go fly fishing for Bass.

If you are in the Durban area then these fishing lodges might be of interest. The Amazian Mountain River Lodge in the Underberg, where you can try catching wild rainbow or brown trout on the 3,5km of pristine river frontage; the Shayamoya Tiger Fishing & Game Lodge in Pongola, which is home to the only Tiger Fishing lake (Pongolapoort Lake) in all of South Africa; and the Antbear Guest House near Giants Castle / Drakensberg, where they can teach you all about the lifecycle of the trout that you can fish here.

There are of course many more places you can go fishing in South Africa and this is just a sampler. For more ideas of what to do while in South Africa check out our other South Africa Blogs. If you think you will want to get around by car while in South Africa have a look at our South Africa Car Hire page and have a look at our competitive rates.

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