CHARTERS / OFFSHORE TUNA FISHING
A TYPICAL DAY OUT
We meet outside the Lookoutdeck Restaurant inside Hout Bay Harbour and departure times vary from 6:30 to 7:30 (the earlier the better). We usually depart as close to first light as possible and then travel offshore up to 30 to 40 nautical miles out (for you land lubbers that’s about 55 to 75km’s) to the tuna grounds. As we fish so often we are in the know as to the tuna movements and where best to go to locate the tuna schools. The run out is usually about 90 minutes to 2 hours so we are normally fishing from about 8:30 depending on what time we left harbour.
Our main target species are Yellowfin tuna and longfin tuna. Blue and mako sharks also sometimes take the lines which we release as well as yellowtail and dorado which one can expect late in summer. A rare but possible catch late in summer are striped and black marlin which seem to be getting more and more prevalent off our coast each summer season.
We tease up schools of tuna right under the boat and you often actually see them swimming around and taking the baited lines! This provides hectic and very excited fishing with continuous multiple hookups being the norm when this happens.
We ice your catch and clean and fillet fish for you to take home with you if you would like to as a courtesy service. We normally aim to be back in harbour from about 4pm, but this varies due to the sea and fishing conditions.
CHARTERS / INSHORE FISHING
YELLOWTAIL / SNOEK
Hout Bay is centrally located to the best inshore fishing spots in Cape Town. We follow the schools of yellowtail and snoek as they move along the coast and fish the reefs from Robben Island in the north all the way down to Cape Point and Rocky bank in the South.
During the tuna season (April/May and October to mid January) it is often also possible to catch yellowfin tuna and longfin tuna close to the coast if the conditions are right while targeting the smaller inshore species. Our biggest yellowfin tuna taken so far inshore on light tackle gear is 67kgs.
Although we do catch both yellowtail and snoek while trolling the yellowtail are often found chasing baitfish on the surface and one can cast spinners at them with very good results. The snoek are most often taken mid water while drifing and jigging or spinning with multiple hookups being the norm. Both are most often in big schools which can provide great action. We also catch both species on fly.
Inshore charters depart from Hout Bay between 6:30 and 8am and are normally back in harbour around 2pm to 3pm. However we are flexible and can fit in with your time requirements.
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