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RRock 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)82 572 0293 / +27 (0)82 864 2275
Tel: +27 (0)28 312 3727
How to get here
Hermanus is located approximately 120km outside of Cape Town, with several different routes that offer up scenic views of the area. One route takes you through the mountains along the N2 and the other along the coastal R44 with breathtaking scenery and uninterrupted views of the ocean.
Best time to visit
The climate in Hermanus is mild with winter rain, and it has many sunny days with mild temperatures. High winds can blow in winter and hot summer temperatures are cooled by sea breezes.
Around the area
Hermanus is an excellent birdwatching destination due to a diversity of habitats that attract different bird species, from terns to osprey to sunbirds. Activities like quad biking, hiking, paragliding and horse riding are also offered. For the more adventurous, there’s shark cave diving.
What to pack
Pack appropriate fishing clothing, with closed, rubber-soled shoes due to hooks and gaffs, a windbreaker in case of spray and polarised sunglasses for the glare. Don’t forget your fishing license, which can be bought at any post office. A freshwater angling licence from CapeNature is required for angling in the Klein River lagoon and estuary.
Where to stay
The Windsor Hotel prides itself on organising fishing trips from A to Z. Otherwise you can choose from about 70 hotels, guest houses, cottages and B&Bs. Hermanus is geared up for travellers all year round.
What to eat
There are more than 100 steakhouses, restaurants, pizzerias, cappuccino bars, bistros and cafés in Hermanus.