Fishing in Hermanus
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A permit is needed to catch crayfish or rock lobster, and there’s a bag limit of 4 crayfish per person or 16 per boat.
Rock and surf angling in Hermanus is a popular pastime with locals. A number of rewarding recreational fishing spots are favoured by those in the know.
Fish species sought after in these waters include yellowtail, geelbek, red steenbras, red stumpnose, red roman, elf, garrick, John Brown, silverfish, shad, cob, white steenbras and galjoen. Winter brings the snoek closer to the shore; a bonus for shore anglers as they put up a good fight.
Bait up and head for New Harbour, from where the local fishing industry boats operate. Boats and rubber ducks may be hired for offshore angling. There’s also Die Plaat, the sandy shore between Hermanus and Gansbaai, where fishing is rewarding and facilities may be hired.
If boat angling is more your thing, there are a number of fishing charters offering yellowfin and longfin tuna fishing, great white shark watching, crayfishing and diving. Groups of anglers are taken out for half-day or full-day fishing trips. Tackle, lunch, refreshments and bait are all provided.
Note that to allow fish stocks to replenish, fishing bans apply to certain species during the year. Permits are required for fishing and bag limits are strictly enforced. Enquire at the Windsor Hotel and the local tourism office.
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Who to contact
Cuda 2 Deep Sea Fishing Charters
Tel: +27 (0)28 284 9809 / +27 (0)82 511 6763
South Sea Safaris
Tel: +27 (0)21 853 3532 / +27 (0)83 453 2808 / +27 (0)82 658 5742
Shark Lady Adventures
Tel: +27 (0)28 312 3287 / +27 (0)83 746 8985
Tel: +27 (0)28 312 3727