South African surf angling is this: toes in the sand, the ever-present hope of a bite, bait box by your side, some companionable banter with a friend. And when the fish are running, there's nothing to beat it. That’s why so many are, if you’ll forgive the expression, hooked.

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Recreational anglers must get a permit from the South African Post Office.

Here is what George and Cyril from Port Shepstone have to say about their week spent surf angling on the South African coast:

'We stayed at the Hole-In-The-Wall in an eight-sleeper self-catering cottage. Many a day was spent just watching the view and fishing in the early mornings.

'Shad catches were plentiful and the crayfish breakfasts were great. We visited the numerous pubs in the area. We won't forget the many games of pool played at the Hotel-In-The-Wall Hotel pub. I think I am still the champ for the week.'

Forget for now the particular species of fish caught or how dramatic the fight was.

The general message from George and Cyril from Port Shepstone was they spent the time of their lives in the outdoors being grown-up boys – and loving it.

They had escaped the daily grind to go angling along the South African coast.

South African surf angling is best performed with your toes in the sand and the sun at your back, in wonderful places like the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape province or the coastline off the Agulhas Plain in the southern Cape.

The West Coast has its fans as well.

If you're lucky enough to be somewhere near the Wild Coast or KwaZulu-Natal's South Coast in mid-winter, you'll probably witness the oceanic version of the Serengeti migrations: the annual Sardine Run.

Dubbed 'The Greatest Shoal On Earth', it's a magical time when millions of sardines – spawned in Antarctica – swim up the cold water currents of the East Coast.

Many of them wash up on the beaches and are scooped up as delicacies by locals. South African angling at its easiest.

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