South Africa

Rock-, surf- and boatfishing

South Africa

Big sharks, rays and other predators from the shore or boat.
Fishing in Mossel bay
Mossel Bay in the Eden district of South Africa is the home base for this spectacular fishing trip. Steeped in maritime history, Mossel Bay was founded by Bartholomew Diaz in 1488. It is one of the very few North-facing sea towns in the country and has a temperate climate that has been compared to Hawaii (not in actual temperatures but in how little the average fluctuates over a year) and an extensive range of sea and land activities. Most importantly for use, the great fishing in the temperate Indian Ocean bay from which the town takes its name.
For the fishing in this location we offer standard and custom packages. (including accommodation and meals). We offer rock-and-surf excursions from shore as well as deep sea trips by boat. The main target species in and around Mossel Bay are big sharks including raggies, bronzies, hammerheads, makos, threashers, hounds and more, as well as rays including black rays, duckbills, diamonds, blue rays and marble rays and more. Species caught from the boat are edibles and game fish like kob, steenbras, white and black musselcrackers, garrick, yellowtail, yellowbellies, grunter, galjoen and many more.
This is what our pilot trip looked like.

Having mentioned all of this makes it obvious that the fishing is done both from shore and from boat.
Fishing from shore is usually done with 3 to 4 rods fishing for the big(ger) sharks and while waiting you can cast with lures from shore to try and catch one of the more than 370 species of fish that are found in this area.
Fishing from the boat is done on reefs in the area with a maximum depth of 60 to 80 metres. We get good results on jigging as well as live bait fishing.
You will be fishing with the one and only Shawn Mey or one of his dedicated guides. They will take you to the best spots in the area and will do their utmost for you to catch your dreamfish.
Read an article HERE in French about this location
There are two beautiful holidays homes available to accommodate groups up to 6 or 10 people.
Cape Vacca
It is a 4-star vacation home which is located right on the coast near the best fishing spots in the region. It has two floors and can accommodate up to 8 guests and has phenomenal views of the bay. The house has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a guest toilet. Three of the bedrooms are on the first floor. Two of these bedrooms each have a queen-size bed and the third bedroom has a single bed. The fourth bedroom is the spacious attic room with 5 single beds.
Upstairs is a bathroom with shower, sink and separate toilet. The second bathroom is on the first floor and has a shower. The open kitchen is equipped with a fridge-freezer, freezer , microwave, gas stove, cutlery and crockery. The living room has a large fireplace and a spacious seating area which connects to the terrace with garden furniture, BBQ and beautiful sea views.
Dina House 
Located in Dana Bay, this quality accommodation offers plenty of space for a family or group of friends. It is nice and close to several stores, restaurants, the beach and attractions.
The house offers excellent sea views, has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate 6 people. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with bathtub, shower, toilet and 2 sinks. The second bedroom has a double bed and an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. The third bedroom has a double bed and uses a separate bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. On the landing is another separate bed where an extra person can sleep.
The spacious open kitchen has a gas stove, oven, fridge-freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer, coffee and tea making facilities, crockery and cutlery. It is directly connected to the living room. This is equipped with comfortable sofas and a TV with DStv and free wifi, the dining area has a dining table with enough seating to enjoy meals together.
There is also a game room with a pool table, board games, a sound system and seating. This room is directly connected to the garden where the BBQ is also located.
The boat, called Ninja, is a 32 foot Buttcat walk around where 6 people can sit in the wheelhouse. It is powered by two 150 HP 4 stroke Suzuki outboard engines. Furthermore it is equipped with Garmin live panoptics, radar and DSV sonar. And as it takes 500 litres of fuel that is plenty for a full day of inshore or offshore fishing. 
With regards to fishing set ups the following can be supplied.
Shore spinning rods are 11 foot Berkley venom taipan with 4 oz (110 gram) casting weight in combination with a 6500 slammer and 20-30 lb braid. When fishing for big sharks 14 foot rods with 8500 to 10500 size reels are used with 65 lb-80 lb braid.
When fishing from the boat jigging / spinning rods of 6 – 7 foot are used in combination with  5000/6000 size reels and 20 lb /30 lb braid. We usually fish 60-80gram jigs with this set up. The bait rods used are 7 foot with 7000/8000 size reels and 50-80 lb braid with 7 oz (200 gram) leads.  Furthermore we use slow pitch jigs and poppers up to max 2.5 oz (70 gram) lures.

This is how your fishing trip may look like!

Travelling to Mossel bay is possible by flying to either Cape town or Johannesburg and then taking a national flight to George. When arriving in George you will be picked up by the crew from Shawn and you will be transported to your accommodation of choice. From there on all local transport will be taken care of.
For all fishing you will be transported with 4 x 4 vehicles and you do not need to bring any fishing material yourself. You can off course if you want to, but just a passport, credit card and toothbrush would suffice.
Fishing in Mossel bay and surroundings is good year through but there are two peak moments in October November and February till April. A day of fishing starts when you want it and as there not an extreme big difference in tides the fishing is usually good all day. Together with your guide you decide on the gameplan for the following day. 
The cost for 7 nights accommodation is:
Dina house
  • 4 persons: € 1845,- week 
Cape Vacca
  • 4 persons: € 1995,- week low season (march - october)
  • 4 persons: € 2195,- week high season (november - february)
More than 4 pers € 160,- pp max 6
Transfer to and from the airport is € 120,- for max 4 people
Lunch fishingday € 15,- pp
Shore fishing is € 135,- per person per day min 2 persons
Boat fishing is € 950,- per day for the entire boat
A day fishing includes:
- all equipment and bait
- transport
- fishing guide
We can arrange full board for € 50,- per person per day but you can also arrange it yourself. 
Additional costs are the flights, extra drinks and tips. 
Do you want to catch a large bronzie from shore or a kob from the boat? What are you waiting for? Send us an email and request your free quotation. Just let us know your airport of departure, number of participants, days of fishing and from boat or shore and desired week or month and we will send it to you asap.

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