Inshore & Fly Fishing
Running out of Hout Bay we are able to get you to the fish no matter what time of year it is. We follow the fish movements and fish in the north from Robben Island all the way along the coast to Cape Point and down to Rocky Bank in the south. Inshore fishing trips predominantly target yellowtail and cape snoek. Cape salmon, kob and various species of reef fish are also caught. We offer conventional tackle, light tackle and fly fishing charters. All tackle is supplied, if you have your own equipment that you would like to use please feel free to bring it with you.
Every so often bluewater gets blown onshore and under these conditions it is even possible to catch longfin and yellowfin tuna at Cape Point. Yellowtail and snoek give an excellent fight on light tackle or fly. You will never forget casting your fly or lure into a school of yellowtail churning the sea surface white and the excitement as several yellowtail give chase. Snoek are excellent sport on light tackle and can provide hectic fishing often with consecutive hook ups. Cape salmon, kob and reef fish are caught on bait.
Trips normally depart between 7 and 8am and return by 2pm, however we are flexible and can meet special time requirements if necessary. A light lunch, refreshments and of course all the tackle and skilled guides are included. Your catch goes straight into our icebox and we will clean and fillet fish for you to take home as a complementary service.
Yellowtail Seriola lalandi
Description: Yellowtail have a blue green upper body separated from the silvery lower body by a broad yellow bronze band. The underside of the fish is white and the fins are yellow. Yellowtail often congregate in large shoals ranging from hundreds to thousands of fish. Their diet consists mainly of small fish and squid.
Size: Attains 25kg in Cape waters although average size is approximately 6kg.
Fishing techniques: Shoals of Yellowtail are most often located by spotting diving sea birds, otherwise by trolling artificial lures. It is often possible to see hundreds of yellowtail chasing small anchovy just under the water’s surface. Once located, spoons and artificial lures are cast to the fish. Hooked and struggling fish are often followed up to the boat by other gregarious yellowtail. Yellowtail readily take spinners, artificial lures, bait and flies.
Fighting ability: This fast and powerful predator is very exciting to hook as you often actually see the take. Once hooked yellowtail make fast runs; the larger fish often sound for the bottom and try to cut you off on the rocky reefs. An excellent adversary on lighter tackle and fly: yellowtail will test the skill of the angler to the limit.
Cape Snoek Thyrsites atun
Description: Snoek are an elongated fish with a predominantly silver grey counter shading. The dorsal surface is grey blue while the underside is white. The fins are black while the dorsal spines are lighter in colour. They are well respected for their mouth full of long razor sharp teeth. Snoek are a fierce, shoaling predatory fish that undertake extensive migrations along the west coast each year and are generally found inshore. Snoek show a preference for small fish such as anchovies and pilchards as well as squid.
Size: Attains 10kgs in Cape waters, average size 4kgs.
Fishing techniques: They are caught on baited lines as well as artificial lures, spinners and on fly.
Fighting ability: Snoek are an excellent quarry on fly often providing non stop action and multiple hook ups. Make sure you’re holding on tightly to your fly rod as these fish take off at a rate of knots! Once hooked, snoek do not make long runs but are not easily brought to the surface. They are very agile, as they can take the lures almost as they hit the water.
Cape Salmon Atractoscion aequidens
Description: Cape Salmon is a elongated and robust fish. Colouration is bluish grey above and white below, with translucent grey fins. The mouth and inner surface of the gill covers are a yellow colour. Cape Salmon frequent the bottom, shoaling near pinnacles, steep ledges or old ship wrecks. Despite its demersal habits, Cape Salmon voraciously chase surface bait fish including maasbanker, mackeral and pilchard and occasionally squid.
Size: Attains 30lbs in Cape waters.
Fishing techniques: Cape Salmon are caught on baited lines using sardine or squid and can be taken on fly.
Fighting ability: This powerful fish often takes the bait and makes several short sharp runs
Kob Argyrosomus Hololepidotus
Description: This robust fish is a silvery colour, with a pearly pink sheen. When viewed from the side especially underwater, several silver spots can be seen along the lateral line. Kob are common in shallow, coastal areas, most often along the edges of reefs and estuaries where the water is turbid. Kod feed mainly by smell and by using their well developed lateral line system, instead of by sight and are therefore well equipped to feed at night and in turbid water. Their diet consists mainly of small fish and crustaceans such as prawns, crabs and occasionally squid and cuttlefish.
Size: Attain 80kgs, commonly caught in the 5 20kg class.
Fishing techniques: Kob are taken on bait, or less frequently on fly, in shallow turbid, ‘gingerbeer’ water.
Fighting ability: They are slower swimming, but very powerful fish and give a good account of themselves on light tackle. Heavier tackle has to be used for larger kob.
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