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Angling/Fishing:
Let us first ask the question, “Are we anglers or are we fishermen?” The two terms are so interwoven that it may seem irrelevant which is used, but to anglers it does indeed matter. The term fisherman refers to a person who catches fish as a means of gathering food either for personal or commercial consumption, whereas an angler is someone who fishes as a sport. Even though a trout or sea angler may take one or two for the pan, he or she is primarily pursuing the activity as a sport. So, for the purposes of this article, we will be referring to anglers who fish and not to fishermen who angle.
On the other hand, angling as a means of gathering food has been practiced for thousands of years, as proven by the remnants of hooks found dating back some 9 000 years.

The Mustad Company, the world’s oldest hook-maker believes that it is quite probable that the Cro-Magnon Man, who appeared on Earth around 30 to 40 thousand years ago, fished to survive.

If that is the case, South Africa’s status as the Cradle of Humankind might even indicate that this could be the place where man first fished, making it the birthplace of fishing.

South Africa has an abundance of angling opportunities that range from fly-fishing in remote unspoilt streams of the Eastern Cape to battling giant Marlin in the subtropical waters off the KwaZulu-Natal coast.

The opportunities that lie between these two extremes are no less spectacular and guarantee the angler an enjoyable experience, no matter which discipline he or she follows.

sea angling

Types Of South African Angling:
Five main types of angling are practiced in South African waters, all of which have variations and associated specialist styles. The most popular form of angling is freshwater angling, a sport in which over one million anglers part take. The main species of fish that these anglers target are Carp.

Shore-angling has the second largest following, with a very active social and league-angling fraternity. Smaller but no less active are the fly-fishing, bass-angling and ski-boat angling fraternities. Although these fraternities are smaller, they contribute greatly to the business of angling.
Freshwater Angling:
More than a million anglers participate in freshwater angling, and this sport has the largest organised angling body in the country: the South African Freshwater Bank Angling Federation. Freshwater angling is practised on most of the country’s inland waterways, dams and reservoirs, making it by far the most popular participation sport in the country.

Although fly-fishermen and “art-lure” anglers also fish for freshwater species, their techniques based on the use of fly imitations and artificial means of catching their quarry, instead of “bait,” earns them a separate subsection, referred to as Art-Lure.

Popular Freshwater Angling Species:
All nine provinces have unique angling waters, providing a diverse range of species and environments to explore, some of which are endemic to our waters. Other angling species, although exotic, have adapted so well to our conditions that anglers from these species’ own native countries come here to fish for them. Of the 280 or so species of fish found in South Africa’s inland waters, approximately 56 are caught by anglers, but of these 56 only about 20 or so are actively pursued. Of the 20 angling species, the majority of anglers will target at most only 5 to 10.

Some anglers specialize in the capture of one species. The most popular freshwater angling species are: Bass (large and small mouth); Kurper; Trout (rainbow and brown); Carp; Tiger fish; Eel; Yellow fish (large and small mouth); Mudfish, and Catfish. Although these species are the most popular, the style of fishing and species available vary from province to province. Only three of the country’s provinces can offer tiger fishing to their anglers.

Carp, black bass and trout are all caught using the styles similar to those commonly used elsewhere. However, the bait, fly or lure patterns are specific to South African conditions and can vary from water to water.

angler with big fish

catfish

big carp

 
Common Baits for Freshwater Angling:

Mealie Bom:

A ground-bait mixture used as a ground feed, important when fishing for carp.

Floaties:
Floating baits, in large and small sizes, account for a lot of fish.

Boilies:
Used mainly by anglers targeting bigger fish.

Mutis:
Bottles of flavours used to attract the fish. Ask around in the areas you fish for the popular ones.

Dough:

Plain flour and water mixed into a dough, used on the hook or together with one of the other types of bait.

Worms:
Worms and other “live” bait, such as crickets, etc. can be used for a number of species.
 
Common Artificial Lures for Freshwater Angling:
Soft Plastic:
Worms, Lizards, Shads, etc., Spinner baits, Crank baits and Buzz baits, Plugs: Rapalas, etc., Poppers, Mepps Spinners, Fury, etc., and Lead Heads: A lead jig, used with or without feathers and/or other additions.

types of lures


Some Popular Fly Patterns for Freshwater Angling:
Nymphs and wet flies: Woolly Bugger, Peacock Woolly Worm, Walkers Nymph, GRHE (Golden-ribbed Hare’s Ear), Walker’s Killer, Mrs Simpson, Hamill’s Killer. Dry Flies: DDD, Flying Ant, Olive Dun.

(Note: This list is by no means exhaustive, but provides a basis from which the angler can start.)

angling lure

 
Saltwater Angling:
South Africa’s 3 000-km coastline offers vast opportunities for saltwater fishing, as it is home to such a rich diversity of fish. More than 50 species are regularly caught. The rich diversity of fish can be attributed to the warm Agulhas Current that bathes the east coast with its warm tropical waters in the Kosi Bay region, the waters further south along the Cape coastline being cooler. The western shores have fewer species, owing to the cooler Benguela current that sweeps up from the Antarctic.

However, the nutrient-rich waters provide these species with an abundance of food, usually making the specimens caught larger and more plentiful than along the eastern coast. In this article, we have singled out the most common species of fish angled for by shore, estuarine, deep-sea or game-fish anglers.

Shore-Angling (Rock & Surf):
Shore-angling, previously known as Rock & Surf Angling, is the term used to describe organized bait anglers who target fish from the coast, either fishing from the beaches, ledges or rocky outcrops.
Shore angling primarily concentrates on approximately 50 species of fish. In this sport real bait, either live or dead, is commonly used but the artificial-lure fraternity is growing and many anglers now use flies, plugs and lures. Anglers who use artificial means of catching fish, such as fly-fishers and lure anglers, fall into another category within the sport. Recreational anglers often use both methods to catch their prey.

Shore-Angling Species:
Our most popular saltwater species include:
Shore, Estuary and Harbour Species Galjoen; Salmon/Kob/Kabeljou; Shad; Grunter; Garrick; Rock cod; Pompano; White mussel cracker; Bronze bream; White Steen bras, and Springer.

Deeper-Water Species:
Sharks; Cuta; Kingfish, and Yellowtail.

angling at sea

Common Types of Bait for the Shore Angler:
Many different types of bait, either fresh or frozen, are readily available at most tackle shops and general dealers. These types of bait are responsible for most of the catches made along our coastline these days. However it is always satisfying to go down to your favorite fishing spot and look amongst the rocks for some of the more natural baits that are found in that specific area. Remember that most of these baits, although occurring naturally, are protected by rules and regulations, so it is advisable to check whether you are allowed to remove the natural bait with or without a bait license.

angler with catch

     

crabs

Crabs:
Crabs constitute the diet of quite a number of fish along our coastline, and can be caught quite easily by hand. The most popular method, however, is to bury a deep metal cake tin in the sand at night with just the lip protruding. Place an old sardine inside and leave the area. The crabs fall into the tin while trying to get at the sardine, and because of the slippery sides cannot get out again. The best type of crabs to use are white crabs, also known as ghost crabs.

mussels

Mussels:
Mussels cling to the rocks along the coastline, forming huge beds along the intertidal zones. A strong implement is required to pry them loose from their footholds on the rocks. As the rules and regulations differ in the various regions, please check with the local authorities before you start removing them.

mole crabs or sea lice

Mole Crabs or Sea Lice:
These creatures live along the shoreline, right in the surf that breaks on the beach. As a wave recedes, you can usually spot them burrowing into the sand, as their backs make little “V” shapes in the receding water surface. They are very difficult to catch by hand, but can be caught using a triangular-shaped net, made specifically for this task.

octopus

Octopus:
During high tide, Octopus can often be seen feeding amongst the mussel beds. At low tide they often crawl into a crevice or hole nearby. Octopus leg is a good bait for many species of fish, but many anglers believe they should be left alone and prefer to use one of the many other types of bait available.

prawns

Prawns:
Prawns occur mainly in the estuaries and also in the sandbanks of harbours that are exposed at low tide. Anglers use a prawn pump to suck them from their burrows. (Note:) A final word on the above-mentioned types of bait. Check with the local authorities on the rules and regulations applying to each specific type of natural bait. Conservation authorities do not take too kindly to anyone misusing this natural facility, for good reason.

red bait

Red-Bait:
Red-bait consists of small sea anemone-type bivalves with a tough outer skin and two small holes in the top that are found all along the coastline. They are well camouflaged within their surroundings, but usually give themselves away by squirting water out of the holes when sea water washes over them. Red-bait is mainly used in the waters of the Western Cape, and various opinions exist on when it is at its most effective. Some advocate using it fresh, while others prefer it to “mature”. Either way it is good bait.

blood worm

Bloodworm:
Bloodworms are found all along the coastline from Durban in the east to Saldanha Bay in the west. It is an extremely effective bait for cob, white Steen bras and several other types of fish. The most effective way of collecting them is to look for their burrows on sandy beaches; the hole usually has a mound of sand on top. Use a bait pump to pump the hole a few times to suck it out. On an incoming tide it can be easier, but a floating ring with a mesh bottom will be needed to empty the pumped sand into. Once gathered, nip the tip of the worm with a pair of scissors and smooth out the contents, removing the watery liquid and sand. The worm is then ready to use. The worms can be stored in a freezer by placing them on cling wrap or newspaper in individual sections.

wonder worms

Wonder Worms:
Another equally good bait is wonder worms, but these are found in the sand under rocks or in rock pools. They are not easy to collect but are well worth the effort. They do not need to be cleaned like bloodworms, and can be stored in much the same way. Salting them are recommended as soon as they are caught to prevent them deteriorating until you can get them home.

mud prawns

Mud Prawns, Sand Prawns and Cracker Shrimps:
These are mainly found in estuaries and lagoons and all along our coastline and in burrows on mud and sand flats at low tide. A bait pump will suffice for Mud and Sand prawns. Cracker prawns are found in weed beds around estuaries and, if you stir up the water around the area, the Cracker shrimps will come to the surface to escape the muddy water. They can then be gathered.

squid

Squid or Chokka:
Squid or Chokka are very popular types of bait, but collecting them is not really practical. For most anglers, the bought variety is the best. If there is a large shore angling fraternity in the area then some dealers may carry fresh bait. Speak to a local club in your area for the best place to get it.

sardines

Sardines:
Sardines are plentiful along the coast during the annual sardine runs in June/July and this is one of the few times when good quality sardines are available. Outside these times the majority of anglers use frozen sardines, which are readily available at tackle shops.
It is a good bait for many species, and in some cases the only bait which will work. Anglers with time on their hands would do well to make up,
traces at home with the frozen sardines, then refreeze them between layers of cling film. Not only will this save time at the site, but will give you a hard bait with which to cast, ensuring the bait will be presented correctly. Another plus is that you can freeze them with added oils, making the bait even more attractive to fish.

crayfish

Crayfish or Rock Lobster:
One of the favorite foods of many species of fish is rock lobster, especially those found along the Cape coast, where rocky areas are natural holding areas for these elusive types of live bait, and some species will seek them out.

Usually the “tail” is used and fish such as Poenskop, Rock cod, Bronze bream, Grunter, and seventy-four will all take the offering. Smaller species, such as Hottentot, will also take smaller pieces of tail.

live bait

Live/Dead Bait:
Using live bait is one of the best ways of catching some of the biggest and best game fish in the country, and well-presented live bait will often provide excellent results.

Various species are used as live bait, such as Karranteen, Mullet, and Shad/Elf, as well as some of the other smaller species of the fish being targeted. If live bait is not available, well presented dead bait of the same species is also successful.
   
Ski-Boat Or Deep Sea Fishing:
The term ski-boat originated in KwaZulu-Natal during the late 1940s and early 1950s, and from there the boats moved on to the Cape waters approximately 10 years later.

The design of the boats has changed radically since the early days and now, 15-m-long, large-engine boats capable of doing over 10 knots, fully rigged with all the latest technical aids, are able to venture far off the coastline to the rich feeding grounds of Yellowfin and Longfin Tuna and the hunting grounds of the deep-sea angler’s Holy Grail, the Marlin.

Although these large boats are often seen, smaller craft (around 6,5m in length), are more common along the coastline
There are two main differences between the boats found along our coastline. Some are launched from a dedicated launch site and others can be launched directly into the surf. The majority of boats found in the Cape belong to the former variety, and those found in KwaZulu-Natal belong to the latter.

Common Ski-boat and Deep-sea Species - Top Game Species:
Marlin, including, blue, black and striped; Broadbill sword fish; Yellowfin Tuna, and Longfin Tuna.

Other popular species include:
Skipjack Tuna; Striped Bonito; Sailfish; Big eye Tuna;

Dorado; Wahoo; Queen Mackerel; King Mackerel or “Cuta”;
Skipjack; Snoek, and Yellowtail.

Other species are also caught, but mainly include those usually found when bottom-fishing over reefs and pinnacles, which is a practice that is becoming less and less popular. There are a number of popular game fishing areas along the South African coastline, and a number of central points where big game anglers congregate.

fishingboat

Western Cape:
In the Western Cape, the areas around Cape Town, False Bay and Gordon’s Bay form the backbone of the sport’s resorts. Many famous tournaments are held, such as the Gordon’s Bay Classic. These areas also offer a number of quality charters for visiting anglers.
KwaZulu-Natal:
The other two main areas for ski-boat and deep-sea fishing are in KwaZulu-Natal. Close to Durban and further south at Shelly Beach. Anglers are able to launch from the harbour to head out for Yellowfin Tuna. Yellowfin Tuna are not as large as those in Cape waters, but are plentiful. Also close to Durban, Umhlanga Rocks plays host to South Africa’s oldest ski-boat tournament, the Umhlanga Ski-boat Festival, which draws huge crowds to watch the impressive display of over 400 boats on the water.

The final - and arguably the most famous - region is Sodwana Bay. This, the most northerly point along our coastline where boats can be launched, gives anglers access to the rich, warm waters of Northern Zululand. Here anglers can fish for really big Marlin close to the shore and, if the Marlin are scarce, the waters teem with other species of fish to keep one busy.
 
Angling In The Provinces:
Please bear in mind that discussion the provinces/regions where freshwater angling can be done includes all aspects of the freshwater sport (including fly-fishing and “art-lure” angling), unless the province/region is specific to one style or another. Freshwater angling takes place in all nine provinces, but Gauteng has the largest number of freshwater anglers, both recreational and competitive.
 
Eastern Cape:
One of the true unspoilt areas of the country, Eastern Cape, a section of which is appropriately called the Wild Coast, offers excellent sport for both salt and freshwater anglers. The angling spots may be a little remote but, once arrived at your destination, there are knowledgeable people who will assist and provide you with all you will need to have a successful venture. On the freshwater front, the Eastern Cape has many fine trout streams and offers possibly the best trout fishing in the country.

The region around the towns of Lady Grey, Rhodes and Barkley East has an abundance of wild trout. These specimens are in as pristine a condition as the waters and lands surrounding them and the rivers provide the angler with the only opportunity of hooking an 3.6 kg wild river trout. Other species to be found include Carp, Bass, Catfish and Yellowfish in the north, as well as Eel and Kurper in the south. Rhodes has some of the finest trout fishing in South Africa.

Saltwater anglers enjoy an abundance of opportunities along the Eastern Cape coast. Holiday anglers, big fish hunters (at Mazeppa Bay) and even kite anglers, who do battle with sharks weighing well several hundred kilograms, all frequent these shores.

Freshwater Venues:
Lake Mentz, Barkley East, Lady Grey, Rhodes, Elliot.

Saltwater Venues:
Jeffrey's Bay, Suidoos Bank, Voorstraat, Agterstraat, Cape St Francis, Maitlands River Mouth, Van Stadens River Mouth, Qolora River, Mazeppa Bay, Coffee Bay, Sundays River, Kowie River, Fish River Mouth, Hamburg Area, Kidd's Beach Christmas Rock, Gonubie, Kei Mouth, Kobonqaba River, Qolora Mouth, Wave Crest, Quora Mouth at Kob Inn, Mbashe River.

 

Free State:
The Free State is home to some of the country’s top freshwater anglers and has some of its best carp-fishing and yellowfish waters. The freshwater fish in the Free State are mainly Carp, Catfish and Mudfish, with Yellowfish and Bass being found in the Northern Free State, especially in the Vaal River System.

The Vaal River System and the Clarens region provide particularly good sport. The Clarens region, with its uncrowded waters, is a fly-fishing haven, especially for anglers wishing to hook a Yellowfish. The Vaal River System also has some excellent Yellowfish spots and the further you travel from Gauteng, the fewer people you will encounter at your chosen spot. Some great angling spots are found in the Orkney area and further downstream on the Vaal River, a very new region for fly-fishers “in the know”. Carp fishing is a popular activity at most places. The Vaal Dam has the largest water surface area in the province and offers over 100 kilometers of bank space from which to fish.

Freshwater venues:
Gariep Dam, Kalkfontein Dam, Groothoek Dam, Rusfontein Dam, Caledon and Little Caledon Rivers near Clarens, Erfenis Dam, Sterkfontein Dam, Bloemhof Dam, Vaal Dam, Woodstock Dam, Vaalharts Dam, Koppies Dam, Allemanskraal Dam.
 
Gauteng:
Most of South Africa’s freshwater anglers live in Gauteng, although many choose not to fish in the province’s excellent waters. The waters in the province contain mainly Bass, Carp, Yellowfish and Mudfish. The largest Carp caught was in a dam on the West Rand and many other waters hold very big fish. The Specimen Carp scene in this region is very big and more and more fish in the higher weight bracket are being caught. Gauteng also has a very large bass-fishing fraternity and all its dams contain good, sport- size bass.

Freshwater venues:

Vaal Dam, Vaal River, Bronkhorstspruit Dam, Bon Accord Dam, Roodeplaat Dam,
Reitvlei Dam, Rust de Winter, Florida Lake, Emmarentia Dam, Middle Dam (Benoni),

KwaZulu-Natal:
For the angler looking for something different, KwaZulu-Natal can provide it. Freshwater angling in this province mainly focuses on Bass- and Tiger-fishing in the north, although many other species are also caught.
The main freshwater species of fish in KwaZulu-Natal’s waters are Bass, Carp, Catfish, Tiger fish, Kurper, Eel and Trout. Long the kingdom of Bass fishing, Albert Falls is still a legendary venue among most of the country’s top Bass enthusiasts. Other Bass dams, such as those at Inanda and Shongwedzi, also offer good sport. Many of the waters of the province hold good heads of Carp and other species, such as the Natal Scaly, a regional member of the Yellowfish family. Tiger-fishing is a “must-do” experience which should be done at least once in an angler’s life. The infrastructure for Tiger-fishing has improved enormously in recent times, making KwaZulu-Natal one of the best tiger-fishing venues in the country.  Pongolapoort (Jozini Dam) is the Tiger-fishing centre of South Africa. A number of lodges and operators offer a range of accommodation options, from luxury to economy, to cater for all tastes. KwaZulu-Natal’s semi-tropical waters are home to unique species of fish that are not found further south. This, together with the province’s temperate climate, makes shore-angling and ski-boat angling very popular. Events such as the annual sardine run and ski-boat festivals frequently make the national news.
Freshwater venues:
Jozini/Pongolapoort Dam, Albert Falls, Shongwedzi Dam, Inanda Dam, Hazelmere, Woodstock Dam, the area from Champagne Castle along the Drakensberg Mountains to Himeville (for trout-fishing), Waggensdrift, Spioenkop Dam, Tugela River, Buffels River.

Saltwater venues:
Southbroom, Port Shepstone - The Sandpit, Scottburgh, Umkomaas, Amanzimtoti, Umhlanga Rocks, Tongaat Beach and La Mercy, Ballito, Salt Rock, Shaka's Rock, Zinkwazi Beach, Richards Bay - Caravan Park, Mapelane, St Lucia, Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay, Black Rock, Kosi Bay.
 
Limpopo Province:
Limpopo Province is home to many Game parks, reserves and vast unspoilt tracts of land. It allows the angler to experience true bush fishing by roughing it in the wilds or by revelling in the luxury of chalets with room service. Whichever option you choose, the fishing is likely to be exceptional. Fly-fishers and Carp anglers are well served here and Limpopo is one of the only three provinces in which Tiger-fishing is available. The main species found in Limpopo Province are Carp, Bass, Catfish, Eel, Trout, Tiger fish and Kurper. The Jan Wassenaar Dam or Klaserie Dam near Hoedspruit, has yielded many record-size carp, and still has the potential to produce the next one. River fishermen appreciate the rich variety of fish species in the many rivers of the province.
Freshwater venues
Hans Strydom Dam, Doorndraai Dam, Glen Alpine Dam, Limpopo River, Albasini Dam, Lake Fundudzi, Ndzhelele Dam, Jan Wassenaar Dam, Ebenezer Dam, Fanie Botha Dam, Blydepoort Dam, Groot Letaba River, Sand River, Crocodile River, Sondags River, Vaalwater River.
 
Mpumalanga:
Mpumalanga offers many opportunities for Bass, Carp, Catfish, Eel, Tiger fish, Kurper and Trout fishing. There are several quality trout-fishing waters in close proximity to Johannesburg and both dam and river fishing are available, providing anglers with a choice of good fishing from well stocked dams to stalking along rivers such as the Elands River, which goes through the Dullstroom/ Belfast/Machadodorp region. Well-appointed resorts and retreats cater for the needs of most anglers. Loskop Dam provides good sport in the form of Carp and Kurperfishing. Heyshope Dam is one of the premier bass waters, Arabie Dam is home to the largest concentration of crocodiles in South African waters in which anglers can fish and the largest bass ever caught in South Africa was caught in Witbank Dam.
Freshwater Venues:
Witbank Dam, Arabie Dam, Loskop Dam, Heyshope Dam, Assegaai River, Chrissiesmeer, Westoe Dam, Braam Raubenheimer Dam, Belfast/Dullstroom area, Barberton area, Nelspruit area, Ohrigstad Dam, Spekboom River, Witkop Dam, Danie Joubert Dam, Da Gama Dam, Krokodilpoort area, Elands River.
North West:
Numerous fishing opportunities are available in the North West. North West is home to species such as carp, bass, catfish, eel and kurper. The warmer climate allows warm water species, such as kurper, to grow to large sizes and all other species flourish in the rich waters. Hartebeespoort Dam is home to very large carp and bass, Molatedi has some excellent-sized kurper. The many dams and rivers in the province provide a range of services and amenities, catering for anglers who either wish to experience bushveld camping in the wilds or stay in catered and serviced stands and chalets.
Freshwater Venues:
Hartebeespoort Dam, Buffelspoort Dam, Kromellenboog Dam, Marico-Bosveld Dam, Molatedi Dam, Vaalkop Dam, Rooikoppies Dam, Bospoort Dam, Klipdrift Dam, Boskop Dam, Rietspruit Dam, Kafferskraal Dam, Barberspan Dam, Klerkskraal Dam, Klipvoor Dam, Wentzel Dam, Christiana region of the Vaal River.
 
Northern Cape (Including the West Coast):
The stark beauty of the Northern Cape and the West Coast Region of the Western Cape with its desert landscapes offer anglers a unique setting to their angling expeditions. The waters in the province contain mainly carp, catfish and mudfish. Yellowfish are found in some of the waters in the south of the province. The West Coast offers excellent fishing in the cold Atlantic Ocean and is home to such species of fish as the West Coast steenbras, which are not found in the warmer waters of other regions along the coast. Freshwater anglers have some of the best waters for fishing for monster catfish and carp. This area is very under-exploited and some areas have yet to see a rod and reel.
For anglers wanting to catch record-breaking fish, the Orange River is a good choice. But take note, wild fishing in these places takes a little more planning than usual so, if you do not make use of the services of a guide, make sure you plan properly.
Freshwater Venues:
Buffels River, Orange River (Kakamas region), Upington, Spitskop Dam, Goodhouse.  Orange River (near Skimmelberge) Doornkloof Nature Reserve.

Saltwater Venues:
Platbaai, Port Nolloth, Langbaai, Stilbaai, Hondeklipbaai, Galjoenbaai.


Western Cape:

Fishing in the Western Cape covers a wide selection for both salt and freshwater anglers. The small streams in the area can provide some exciting wild trout fishing and the larger dams have some excellent-sized Carp and Bass.

Voelvlei, Zeekoevlei, Groenvlei all hold good sized fish. Reports of 18 kg Carp and of Bass weighing over 3,5 kg are common.
Common Western Cape freshwater fish species include Carp, Trout, Bass and Eel. Some other species of fish are also found, but only in certain areas. The Clanwilliam Yellowfish is also found in this province, but this fish is protected and may not be angled. The saltwater angling scene in the region is probably the best known. Many charter companies operate out of Cape Town and False Bay, the main species targeted being Tuna, specifically the Yellowfin. Billfish are also very popular and include blue, black and striped marlin. Charter companies also run excursions to try and catch the rare Broadbill Swordfish, one of the ultimate prizes in sport-fishing.

Freshwater Venues:
Zeekoevlei Dam, Voëlvlei Dam, Theewaterskloof Dam, Groenvlei, Smalblaar, Witels, Holsloot, Witte, Boesmans and Elandspad River, Steenbras and Wemmershoek Dams Other areas to look at are Brandvlei, Kwaggaskloof, Assegaaibos, Kleinviviersvlei and Breede River.

Saltwater Venues:
Gordon’s Bay, Strand, Cape Hangklip, Jock se Baai, Bot River Beach, Uilenskraals River Mouth, Die Kelders, Die Hel, Die Stal and Klipgat, Struis Bay, Agulhas, Die Solder, Platbank, Witsand, Stilbaai, Gourits River Mouth, Mossel Bay, Herolds Bay, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
 

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