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Deep Sea Fishing Off Cape Town, South Africa
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Chris tuna fishing off Cape Point
Cape Town offers some of the finest Deep Sea Fishing in the world. The warm Agulhas current of the Indian Ocean meets the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Point, the most south westerly tip of Africa. Some days the divide line can be seen & experienced as the darker blue cold water meets the azure blue warm waters. Sea temperature can rise from 12 degrees C to 18 degrees C in a matter of minutes.

Fuelled by seasonal upwelling of krill filled deep water from the Benguella along the west coast, this productive system produces incredibly large schools of bait fish. These in turn attract large numbers of pelagic game fish as well as coastal species. Yellowfin tuna can be seen breaching the surface under flocks of terns & Cape Gannets. The feeding frenzy gets the adrenalin pumping and the big reels screaming!

Deep Sea Fishing can be enjoyed all year round off Cape Town with Yellowfin tuna (between 50 and 120kg) usually arriving in large numbers between March and June and again from October to December. These fish as well as the smaller Longfin Tuna (10kg to 45kg) are found in the deep waters some 25 nautical miles off Cape Point, so tuna fishing usually takes a full day. Other game fish species other than Yellowfin & Longfin tuna, include Yellow Tail (5kg to 15kg great fighter on light tackle), Katonkel (5kg to 7kg), Bonito (3kg to 5kg) & Snoek. Whilst the occasional Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Dorado or Swordfish have produced some surprises over the years.

Snoek is an under rated game fish with very large & sharp teeth. These fish are generally found at depths of around 15-20 meters and are generally in the 5-7kg class. This fishing is for everyone including complete novices. This underrated game fish moves into our waters in huge numbers during the months of May to September, but schools very often stay close to the coast over December, January.

Kabeljou (also known as Kob) & Cape Salmon (not a true Salmon - also known by locals as Geelbek on account of the yellow inside of the mouth) are caught mainly on bait (mid-water to bottom feeders) can test your fishing skills when large shoals are encountered early evening or very early morning. Reef varieties include Red Roman, Red Steenbras, White Stumpnose, Red Stumpnose, Bronze Bream, Jakopever, Gurnard and a variety of skates & rays.

Professional charter services with experienced skippers and crew are available for big game fishing, from Simonstown, Hout Bay & Table Bay harbours where pleasure craft are moored.

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Chris Spengler

Owner - Afton Grove Country Retreat
(Cape Town)