Here is a list of places to go fishing in and around Ballito
A spot-by-spot overview.
Tongaat River Mouth, Tongaat Long Beach, Sweet Waters, Salmon Bay and Ballito Pool,Emberton Road, Boulder Bay and Jackson's, Willard Beach and Wilson's, Chaka’s High Rock, Catfish, Salt Rock Pool, Van der Riets, Granthans, Dave’s Rock, Christmas Bay, Umhlali River Mouth, Umhlali Beach, The Pantry Headlands, Rapsons / Red Rocks, Stink Rock, Loves Beach, Mail Boat, Deep Green, Umvoti River Mouth, Blythedale Beach, Channel Rock, Princes Grant area, Nonoti, Iti Bay, Lion Rocks, Black Rock, Zinkwazi Car Park, Zinkwazi Bay, Boiling Pots, Mervin’s Hole and Second Rocks Seola Point.
The Dolphin Coast offers an amazing variety of opportunities for the avid shore-based angler. This overview starts in the South and progresses Northwards detailing the known spots, what they are about and what sort of fish you can catch when, but one must obviously bear in mind that in between the spots, there is also an opportunity to catch fish, generally when fairly specific conditions prevail. One must bear in mind that the known spots are that, simply because they tend to be the most productive, no matter what sort of conditions prevail.
Tongaat River Mouth
Probably most famous for its excellent Kob fishing from May through to September, particularly when the river mouth is open and especially so, after a distinct flush i.e. as soon as things settle after a lot of rain. Also, at about the same time of the year, a lot of Garrick comes to this area, again probably due to the river mouth and the associated food. For the angler fishing with sea-lice, or squid and prawn-type baits, there are a lot of Grunter and Stumpies almost throughout the year. Springer, Kingfish and Pompano are more prevalent in the summer.
Tongaat Long Beach
From just north of the river mouth to Amatshe Ordwe, one of the most famous beaches on the Natal Coast for big fish, especially during the summer months, where Sandies, Honeycombs, Brown Skate and Blackfin prevail. Best fished during the early morning or late afternoon when due to the very steep and deep nature of the beach, these fish come well within casting distance. During April and May in particular, a lot of big Blackfin are hooked closer to the river mouth. Obviously these fish are there for the Kob, Springer, etc. The nice thing about this beach is that these big fish can run a long way with no danger of being cut off by outside reef.
This area (almost in front of the Zimbali development), offers a wide variety of fish depending on prevailing conditions, but for big fish, there is a lot of outside reef to contend with. Very good for Stumpies, Pompano, etc., with Kob eating mainly at night during the winter months.
Salmon Bay and Ballito Pool
Salmon Bay itself is generally very busy with other users, such as bathers and boat launching, which makes it difficult to fish during the day, but in the evening, some big Stumpies and Kob can be caught. The point at the pool is certainly one of the deeper points in this area and will offer everything from Couta to Stumpie. A very good spot to throw a spoon for things like Snoek, Couta, Kingfish and Queenfish, especially very early in the morning. It is also very well known for its high volume of juvenile dusky sharks (5-8 kilograms). A lot of the Sandsharks, Honeycomb, etc., are also caught here, but the presence of reef of approximately 300 metres out at about 2 o’clock necessitates heavy tackle and hang-on tactics. On the low tide, it is often difficult in a biggish sea to land fish, but by taking them onto the flatter rocks to the South, makes it a lot easier. Big Stumpies and big Pompano are often caught here too, quite often with a very close throw right next to the rocks, but at other times on a full throw.
This spot can be fairly difficult to fish, as there is a lot of rock in the water, but is very productive for Stumpies. There are at times, a lot of Dusky Sharks here and quite often if the other points are too crowded, this is a good alternative. Some very good Bronze Bream fishing, fishing very close in amongst the various gullies between here and Boulders, which is the next point north at Boulder Bay.
Boulder Bay and Jackson's
Boulder Bay definitely fishes better on an outgoing tide and on the dead low with a little bit of pushing and preferably with a light Westerly wind. Lots of Duskies, the odd big Stumpnose, especially on the right hand side of the actual point, which is also good for Brusher and the odd big Kingfish. Sandies are quite often here, especially at night. Probably one of the best known Shad spots in the Ballito area, which unfortunately comes with its own set of litter problems. On the left hand side, or just north of Boulder Bay point proper, is Jackson's. This reef runs out from South to North and is even better than Boulder in a Westerly, but unfortunately, it can only really be fished on a low tide or in a calm sea. Offers the same sort of range of fish as does Boulders.
Willard Beach and Wilson's
Also used to be known as Martins Rock. This point is approximately 800m north of the bathing area at Ballito and offers a wide variety of fishing. Excellent for Kob at night and very good for Stumpies, Brusher, Shad, Pompano, Duskies and the odd Sandy and some very big Grunter in the first bay on the northern side of it. Again, this point is best fished in a light Westerly with a calm sea. There is a lot of gully fishing for things light Blacktail, Carenteen etc., between here and Chaka’s High Rock. On a calm sea, the beach between the two rock ledges that runs straight out to sea (sometimes covered in sand) just north of Wilson's produces some very big Shad, lots of Duskies and the odd Kob at night.
Chaka’s High Rock
Fishes well in both a North East and South Westerly wind and is often the only point that can actually be fished in a rough sea. Lots of Couta has been caught here over the years, but is probably today best known for its Shad and Garrick fishing. This unfortunately however, leads to congestion, particularly when the Shad are on the bite, which incidentally is normally immediately after a brisk North East from July through to October. There is no outside reef to catch you off on a big fish, but any decent sized fish is best played for as long as possible whilst it is beyond the ledge below the rock, but as soon as the fish starts coming, it is best to pile the pressure on to keep the fish close to the surface in order to get it over the ledge.
Once this is done, there are a couple of places where one can climb down quite safely to get within gaffing range. There is also a gully on the left hand side that one can angle a fish around to and into, if gaffing proves to be difficult.
Catfish rock is on the southern end of the Salt Rock swimming beach and is quite obvious as it sits just on the back line on a high-tide. Often one can get onto this rock on the high tide and fish on it and it is particularly productive for your edible species like Stumpnose, Kingfish, Pompano, etc. On the high-tide, there if often a bank that one can throw over while on the beach and again, this area is very productive for edible fish.
Salt Rock Pool
Very well known for large volume of Dusky Sharks, Sand Sharks, the odd Stumpie and quite often, lots of Shad. This point takes a big sea quite well and fishes well in both the West and North East. Very little reef outside which makes for easy angling of large fish. This is also a good spot to throw a spoon early in the morning for Snoek and Kingfish.
Van der Riets
This beach lies north of Salt Rock Pool just before the very prominent four pillars that stick up on the rocks to the north of the beach. A wide variety of species may be caught from this beach, but it is especially well known for Shad, Dusky Sharks, Stumpies and Kingfish, with the odd Kob at night and a couple of big Sandies during the summer months. This beach is often quite deep and it is during these deep periods when it fishes best for big fish.
This is a fairly prominent point just to the north of four pillars and is best approached from the parking lot at the first very big block of flats north of the four pillars. This spot is probably most famous for big Blackfin sharks that are often hooked here from November through to May, but it also offers some very good fishing for Sandies, Duskies, Brown Skate, Stumpies, Pompano, etc. Big flat fish can be a bit of a problem as there is quite a big of reef in the water and about 400 metres and if it is particularly deep, in other words, a lot of sand has been scoured out, there are quite often small patches of rock exposed closer in. This is one of the spots that one can often take refuge at when everything else is congested.
The area between Granthans and Dave’s Rock, which lies further to the North, can be very productive for Bronze Bream and Stumpies, but is extremely rocky. One of the places that come to mind here is a very prominent rock just in front of the block of flats which is often very good for Shad, but is extremely productive for Stumpies.
Dave’s Rock is accessed by a cement path that goes down to Sheffield beach from a parking facility that is on the right hand side of the road when going north. This point fishes best after and sometimes during a brisk North Easterly blow, which often puts some colour into the water. Although it can be fished in a very light West, big Westerlies make it almost unfishable.
Very good spot for big Blackfin, Sandies, big Kingfish, Pompano and Stumpies, with the Stumpies often eating on a very close throw. Again, unfortunately, this place can become very congested when the Shad are about and when they are, it is often a good idea to fish for a big Kob that evening. From July through to early December, there are a lot of Bronze Bream in this area and some wonderful gullies for kids to fish in.
The point at Christmas Bay can be fished in both winds, but generally works best in a North East. This is one of the few places on the north coast where Cape Yellowtail, or Albacore are caught with any regularity. Big fish, however, are very difficult to handle here, due to needle-like pinnacles that come up on the right hand side of the point and off shore. Again, this is one of those places that one can go to if everything else is congested.
There is a large stretch of beach between Christmas Bay and the Umhlali River Mouth at Tinley Manor, which is very productive for edible fish like Stumpies, Kingfish, Bronze Bream, Rock Kod. Fairly rocky area with a sandy beach, but is only accessible after a long walk.
Umhlali River Mouth
This area fishes very well when the river mouth is open and particularly for Kob from May to September. Lots of Stumpies are caught here, particularly on the flat rocks just south of the river mouth. This is also a good spot to fish for Garrick from June through to October/November.
Access is through Tinley Manor. This area is just north of the river mouth and there is almost always some nice banks and some deep holes which offer a wide variety of species, depending on the time of the year. Those that come to mind are Shad, Kob and Garrick in winter, with Stumpies, Pompano, Sandies during the summer.
This is a very prominent “island/rock” on the northern end of Umhlali Beach and is best known for its Stumpies, the odd Spade Fish, Bronze Bream and then some Kingfish and Brusher often being the cause of “bust-ups”. Generally, the best way to fish this is with fairly robust tackle, throwing as close to, and preferably into, the white water around this prominent rock.
Headlands lies just below the main car park at Tinley Manor, a short distance north of The Pantry. Again, the prevalence of Shad can be a problem, not just from a pollution and smell point of view, but also from a congestion point of view as this is an excellent point that fishes well in both a light North East and a moderate or strong South Westerly, a light West probably being the best. Lots of Garrick in season, odd Couta, lots of big Sandies, Duskies, Blackfin, Kingfish, Pompano and Stumpies, with some nice Rock Kod being caught if one throws at the two patches of rock which lie at about 20 and 40 metres off the rock at about half past twelve. Big fish have to be angled quite carefully, but provided they stay within 10 and 12 o’clock, you shouldn’t have a problem. The best place to land these big fish is in the gully that lies towards the beach on the northern side of the point.
Rapsons / Red Rocks
This point lies at the northern end of the beach from Headlands and produces the same sort of fish as Headlands other than Garrick and Shad, which don’t feature quite so strongly. It is very well known for its Pompano and Stumpies, particularly in the gully on the left hand side of the main point. Big fish are not a problem, provided they are a way out, but often the best place to land them is to try to get them to the beach on the southern end. This point is very productive for Stumpies and quite often on a full throw.
This is the furthest point north immediately after Rapsons. From here the coast cuts back onto a sandy beach in front of the Umhlali Ski Boat club. Another Shad spot and also very good for Garrick. Fishes quite well in a North East, but is definitely best in a Westerly condition. The odd Kingfish and Sandy are caught here in summer, but it is generally a Shad, Carenteen and Blacktail type spot.
Very difficult to access as all the access is through private property, but this steep, coarse-grained, deep-water beach, is famous for its Sandies and Blackfin, along with most of your summer-time edibles like Pompano, Kingfish and Prodigal Sons.
Very good point that fishes best in a North Easterly condition in a moderate sea. Again, most popular in summer, like Loves and is especially productive for Sandies and Blackfin. Again, access is a problem as it is only through private property. Fairly dangerous point to try and fish on a high tide, particularly if the sea is a bit strong.
Deep Green Return
Generally, a deeper point than Mail Boat and at times, a lot more productive. Access is a problem as it is through private property or by a substantial walk from Umvoti River Mouth at Blythedale. A very good spot for Stumpies, Garrick, big Sandies and Blackfin.
Umvoti River Mouth
Accessed via Blythedale where it lies on the southern end of Blythedale beach proper. Unfortunately, due to the degradation of the Umvoti River, this area is nowhere near as productive as it used to be, but there is certainly still a lot of Kob and Garrick caught here during the winter months and in summer, after rain, there are often some big Zambezi Sharks lurking at close proximity.
This is a very productive beach, generally fairly deep, characterized by a series of banks and holes. All the fish mentioned above that are associated with beaches can be caught here.
This point lies just north of the bathing beach of Blythedale and is very productive, especially for Dusky Sharks, Sandies, Brown Skate and Honeycombs. Past the beach just to the south of it before the bathing area is also very good for all of the above including Shad, Garrick and Kob in winter. The best conditions are generally a light to moderate North East, but it can also fish very well in a light Westerly. It is definitely more of a low tide spot, but once the tide comes in, the action seems to move to the beach on the right hand side. Big fish can be angled relatively easy with not much of a chance of being cut off, unless the area is very scoured out.
Princes Grant area
The whole area between Channel Rock and Nonoti is fairly rocky with a few sandy patches that can be very productive if not too scoured out. Access is fairly difficult. Predominantly an edible fish area, but quite often Sandies in particular, as well as Blackfin can come quite thick here. Cut offs are a huge problem and when fishing for these bigger fish, heavy tackle is very necessary.
Probably the most famous Sand shark beach on the entire north coast, but it can also be quite productive for big Kingfish, big Kob in winter and Garrick. Again, access is a problem as it is through private property. This beach is pretty much like Tongaat long beach in that it is characterized by coarse sand, steep gradients, deep holes and close banks. Definitely fishes best in a North Easterly condition.
Named after large numbers of Italian p.o.w.’s were washed up dead after the ship in which they were traveling in was torpedoed off the Tugela River Mouth during the last war. This beach is probably most famous for its Garrick, Kob and Shad and is accessed through Zinkwazi, lying right at its Southern extreme. Quite often there is a very deep channel close to shore with a hole somewhere along the beach. Dusky sharks can be quite prevalent and quite a few Sandies are caught here during summer along with some very big Stumpies.
These rocks are at the northern end of Iti Bay, sometimes called Sandy Point and make for some very good fishing for Stumpies off the front on a low tide. Quite often, the bay at the left produces some nice edible fish such as Brusher and Bronze Bream particularly in a strong sea in a best Westerly.
This is the next spot south of the main car park at Zinkwazi and is very productive during the Shad season for both Shad and Kob with a few Duskies and the odd Blue Skate at the end of winter. A nice place to take kids or novice anglers to, to fish during a calm sea when the Shad are about.
Zinkwazi Car Park
The rocks at the southern end of the car park fish well at the high tide for Bronze Bream, Stumpies and off the front of the rocks at low tide, Sandies, Duskies and the odd big Kingfish can be caught. The beach between here and Black Rock is also quite productive, particularly at night, for things like Stumpies and Kob, the odd Rock Salmon and Rock Kod and when they are about, lots of Duskies in the late afternoon or early morning. Definitely fishes best in a light North East.
Although this is a bathing area, it is a very productive early morning or late afternoon spot for things like Shad, Garrick, Kob, Stumpies, Duskies, especially if the river mouth is open. Although it fishes well in a North Easterly, it offers a certain amount of protection and fishes quite well in a light to moderate South Westerly.
Boiling Pots lies approximately 1.5 kilometres north of Zinkwazi bathing area and is an extremely productive area for edibles like Stumpies, Rock Kod, Kob, Kingfish and Garrick. This stretch of beach is characterized by intermittent broken rock with progressively more rock, the further north you go. The rocks just before what we know as Mervin’s Hole, are very flat and offer excellent Stumpie fishing with the odd Kob and quite a few Blue Skate, particularly in late winter or early summer.
Mervin’s Hole and Second Rocks
Mervin’s Hole is particularly productive for Kob in the evenings and it can be identified by a very big prominent rock with some fairly deep water on the right hand side. This is approximately 1.5 kilometres north of Boiling Pots. Second Rocks can be identified by the second clump of rocks on the beach going south from Seola Pont. Off the rocks themselves and on the beach to the left and right of it, where there is normally fairly shallow bank that can be waded on a lowish tide, one will encounter a wide variety of species, but is probably best known for its Sandies, Honeycombs and Brown Skates, with a couple of Diamonds and Blue Skate thrown in. This whole area fishes extremely well for Kob and Garrick during the winter months. During summer there are often a lot of Snoek, Kingfish, Pompano and Stumpies to be had in this area.
Arguably one of the most productive points on the entire north coast, with excellent fishing in both summer and winter. It definitely fishes best in a light to moderate North East, but can also fish well in a Westerly, provided that the sea is relatively calm. This point can only be fished on a lowish tide as it becomes very dangerous on the high tide due to the fact that it sits relatively low in the water. One can fish off either the north or the south side depending on prevailing conditions and both are very productive. The southern side is characterized by a rock known as the Pulpit, which is generally fished on a highish tide and is certainly most productive when dirty water from the Tugela is blown around the point. Almost any fish can be targeted here, from Bronze Bream through to Zambezi Sharks. It has some wonderful rock pools and back waters which keep kids well entertained. On a full tide with a Westerly condition, at the base of the left hand point, with a long throw, one will encounter lots of Stumpies, Springer, Kingfish and Kob, particularly in the early evening. Big fish off the front are handled best in a North Easterly condition when they can be taken south and landed on the beach. However, one needs to be cautious as there is quite a bit of reef about 300 metres out at approximately half past one to two o’clock. On the left hand side of the point, there is a reef at approximately a full throw that runs from nine o’clock through to about ten thirty. This is also best avoided when fighting a big fish.
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Ballito, 4339, South Africa
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Marine Recreational Fishing - General Regulations
1. No person shall, except on authority of a recreational permit obtainable from the South African Postal Services, engage in recreational fishing.
2. No person shall sell, barter or trade any fish caught through recreational fishing.
3. No recreational fishing permit is transferable from one person to another.
4. A persona of a recreational permit shall not use any artificial breathing apparatus, other that a snorkel.
5. No person shall, engage in fishing, collect or disturb any fish by means of a gaff, club, flail, stick, stone or similar implement.
6. No person shall engage in fishing, except for octopus, cuttlefish or squid, by the jerking of a hook or jig in the sea jigging), with the intention of impaling the fish thereon.
7. No person shall engage in the fishing, collection or disturbing of any fish with a speargun in a tidal river or tidal lagoon.
8. No person shall use any cast net for fishing from sunset to sunrise.
9. No person shall disturb, catch, kill or be in possession of any dolphin or any part or product derived thereof.
10. No person shall, except with the authority of a permit, disturb, catch or kill any whales at any time, or approach closer than 300 m to a whale.
11. No person shall, except with the authority of a permit, attract by using bait or any other means, any great white shark, or catch, attempt to catch, kill or attempt to kill any great white shark, or purchase, sell or offer for sale any part or product derived thereof.
12. No person shall, except with the authority of a permit, damage, uproot, collect or land or attempt to damage, uproot, collect or land any live or dead coral.
13. No person shall, except with the authority of a permit, engage in fishing, collecting or disturbing any live or empty pansy shell.
14. No person shall, except with the authority of a permit, engage in fishing, collecting or removing any aquatic plants, except for own use and in quantities not exceeding 10 kg aquatic plants, however, 1 kg dead shells or 50 kg shellgrit per day is permitted without a permit.
15. No person shall, except with the authority of a permit, damage, pick, uproot, collect or land or attempt to damage, pick, uproot, collect or land any live or dead sea fans or sea pens.
16. No person shall, without a permit issued by the Director-General, culture any marine organisms.
17. No person shall, except with the authority of a permit, catch any fish or collect any aquatic plants for commercial purposes.
For more information phone: (021) 402-3911 or consult the Amended Regulations (R24 of 14 January 2000) in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act, 1998
New Recreational FishingRegulations
Ezemvelo Wildlife www.kznwildlife.com would like to advise all recreational anglers that the long awaited changes to the recreational fishing regulations have now been promulgated in terms of Government Gazette No 27453.
These new regulations apply to recreational shore based and ski boat fisherman and affect the bag and size limits of certain fish species that may be caught.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife will be producing and distributing awareness pamphlets highlighting these changes, in an effort to assist anglers with understanding and interpreting these new regulations.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff will be enforcing these new regulations with immediate effect and appeals to all anglers to familiarize themselves with these new regulations. While every effort will be given by staff to assist anglers, the onus will be on the individuals to ensure that they abide by these new laws.
The promulgation of these regulations were deemed necessary by the then Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism , Mr Valli Moosa, who declared an emergency in the linefish sector. This was done in accordance with section 16 of the Marine Living Resources Act, which allows the Minister to invoke emergency measures to rebuild fish stocks.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife welcomes these new regulations, as they are designed to afford protection to our dwindling marine resources while ensuring equal and long term usage by all.
New Recreational Line Fish Regulations / Gov Gazette No 27453 6th April 2005
Categories Changed – There are only two species categories that apply to the recreational line fisherman. These are:
1. Prohibited Category - May not fish for, be in possession of, or sell the following:
o Basking shark (new inclusion)
o Brindle bass
o Coelacanth (new inclusion)
o Great white shark
o Natal wrasse
o Pipe fish & Seahorses (new inclusion)
o Potato bass
o Seventy four
o Whale shark (new inclusion)
2. Permitted Category Annexure 7 ( Recreational Fishing) – May fish for and be in possession of subject to bag limits, size limits and closed seasons. MAY NOT SELL CATCH
See species category Annexure 7 (Government Gazette No 27453 6th April 2005)
Daily Bag Limits Changed:
10 species per person per day irrespective of species caught. (applies to Shore & Boat anglers)
Annexure 7 Species that are not listed fall under the 10 bag limit.
Listed Species that have a bag limit of over 10 do not apply to this daily bag limit. (Mullet x50)
Bag limits - Following species have had their bag limits changed:
Important: Kob caught from a boat at sea in KZN – 5 per person per day of which 4 or all 5 can be between 40 – 110 cm’s & 1 only may be over 110cm’s
Kob caught from the shore & estuaries East of Cape Agulas ( applies to KZN) – 1 per person per day. 60cm’s
Shad – 4 per person per day in open season (1st December – 30th September)
Rays, Sharks & Skates (Carteligenouse fish) – 1 specimen per species per person per day.
Yellowbelly rockcod – 1 per person per day.
Kob caught from boat in KZN – 5 per person per day of which 4 or all 5 can be between 40 – 110 cm’s & 1 may be over 110cm’s
Kob caught from estuaries and shore – East Cape Agulhas (applies to KZN) 1 per person per day 60cm’s
Soldier (santer) – 5 per person per day.
Galjoen – 2 per person per day.
Bronze bream – 2 per person per day.
Garrick – 2 per person per day.
Shad – 4 per person per day.
West coast steenbras – 1 per person per day.
Carpenter (silver fish) – 4 per person per day.
Geelbek – 2 per person per day.
Poenskop – 1 per person per day.
Red steenbras – 1 per person per day.
Dageraad – 1 per person per day.
Englishmen – 1 per person per day.
Red stumpnose – 1 per person per day.
Roman – 2 per person per day.
Scotsman – 1 per person per day.
White mussel cracker – 2 per person per day.
White steenbras – 2 per person per day.
Bag Limits Introduced – The following species are no longer unlimited. Have now had bag limits imposed:
Mullet – 50 per person per day.
Pinky – 10 per person per day.
Karanteen – 10 per person per day.
Steentjie – 10 per person per day.
Fransmadam – 10 per person per day.
Kob caught from a boat in KZN - you may only be in possession of 4 between 40cm’s – 110cms & 1 of over 110cm’s / Total bag limit 5 or you may have all 5 between 40cm’s – 110cm’s .
Kob caught from the shore or estuary East Cape Agulas (applies to KZN) – you may only be in possession of 1 of 60cm’s or over
Size Limits Increased – The following species size limits have increased:
Red steenbras – 60 cm’s
Dageraad – 40cm’s
Scotsman – 40cm’s
West coast steenbras – 60cm’s
Carpenter (silver fish) – 35cm’s
Yellowbelly rock cod – 60cm’s
Catface (Spotted rock cod) – 50cm’s
Kob caught from shore & estuaries East of Cape Agulas (applies to KZN) - 60cm’s x 1 per person per day
Size Limits Introduced – Following species now have size limits imposed:
Englishmen – 40cm’s
Closed Seasons Changed – Following species have had there closed seasons changed:
Shad – Reduced by 1 month (1st October – 30th November)
Species Not Listed On Permitted Species List Annexure 7
Rock cods not listed on the permitted species list have a bag limit of 5 per species per day.(Can not be over and above total daily bag limit of 10 species)
All other species not listed have no size limit, but form part of the daily bag limit of 10.
Great White Shark
Natal Wrasse Pipefish and Sea Horses
Common Name Minimum Size/Mass Bag limit/Closed season
Anchovies None None
Baardman(tasslefish, bellman) 40cm 5
Banded Galjoen None 5
Bill Fish(marlin, sailfish) None 5
Blacktail 20cm 5
Blue Hottentot None 5
Bronze Bream 30cm 2
Cape knifejaw None 5
Cape Stumpnose 20cm 5
Carpenter(silverfish) 35cm 4
catfish Rockcod 50cm 5
Chub Mackerel None None
Cutlassfish(walla walla) None None
Dageraad 40cm 1
Dane None 5
Englishman 40cm 1
Fransmadam None 10
Galjoen 35cm 2/closed season
15 October-end February
Garfishes None None
Garrick(leerfis) 70cm 2
Geelbek(cape salmon 60cm 2
Glassies None None
Hake None 5
Halfbeaks None None
Horse Mackerel(maasbanker) None None
Hottentot 22cm 10
John Brown None 5
Kingfishes None 5
kingklip None 1
King Mackerel None 10
Kob caught from a boat
at sea(Cape Agulhas to Umtamvuna) 50cm 5 but may only be in possession of one
Kob greater than 110cm per day
Kob caught from a boat
at sea(KwaZulu-Natal) 40cm 5 but may only be in possession of one
Kob greater than 110cm per day
Kob caught in estuaries and and
from the shore(east of Cape Agulhas) 60cm 1
Kob caught in estuaries and
from shore(west of Cape Agulhas) 50cm 5
Karanteen 15cm 10
large Spot Pompano(wave garrick) None) 5
Leopard Cat Shark None 1
Mullets None 50
Natal Knifejaw(cuckoo bass) None 5
Natal Stumpnose(yellow bream) 25cm 5
Pinky 7.5cm 10
Poenskop(black mussel cracker) 50cm 1
Queen Mackerel None 10
Ragged Tooth Shark None 1
Red steenbras(copper steenbras) 60cm 1 closed season 1 October-30 November
Red Stumpnose(miss lucy) 30cm 1
River bream(perch) 25cm 5
River Snapper(rock salmon) 40cm 5
Roman 30cm 2
Soldier(santer) 30cm 5
Shad(elf) 30cm 4 closed season1 October-30 November
Sardines(pilchards and Red Eye) None None
Sauries None None
Scads None None
Scotsman 40cm 1
Slinger 25cm 5
Snoek(Cape snoek) 60cm 10
Southern Pompano none 5
Spotted Grunter 40cm 5
Spotted Gully Shark None 1
Springer None 5
Steenjie None 10
Stonebream None 5
Striped Cat Shark None 1
Swordfish(broadbill) 25kg 5
Squid(chokka) None 20
Tunas(tunny None 10
Albacore(longfin tuna) none 10
Bigeye tuna 3.2kg 10
Bluefin Tuna 6.4kg 10
Yellowfin Tuna 3.2kg 10
West Coast Steenbras 60cm 1
White edge Rockcod(captain fine) 40cm 5
White musselcracker(brusher, cracker) 60cm 2
White Steenbras(pignose grunter) 60cm 1
White Stumpnose 25cm 10
Wolfherring None None
Yellowbelly Rockcod 60cm 1
Yellowtail None 10
Zebra 30cm 5