Welcome to the web site of South
Sea Fishing Safaris. As one of the longest operating deep sea and tuna fishing charter businesses in Cape Town and the Western Cape our success rate speaks for itself. Started in 1998, our reputation has been built on solid service and performance. Most of our clients come back for more and some use us to the exclusion of all other charter operators. We have added a local fishing
report at the bottom of this page to give our overseas and upcountry
visitors and idea of what is happening on the local scene. We'll tell
it like it is, no frills, when it's good we'll tell you, and when it's
bad, we'll tell you that too. Please have a look and e-mail
your comments to us.
South Sea Fishing Safaris caters
for local as well as visiting international anglers and spearfishermen.
Join us on one of our customized craft, from the custom built 11 meter
sportfishing cruiser to our 9 meter sportfisher and an 8.6 meter ski-boat suitable for smaller groups. Operating from Gordons Bay and Struisbaai, all
boats are fully seaworthy and safety certified. We have self-catering
or fully catered accommodation at both venues. The choice is yours.
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Our 9 meter catamaran, "Tyler", named after our trusty jack russel boat dog, is bigger and better
than the old 8 meter cat, Le Boat. Tyler is a 9meter butt-cat powered by twin 200 hp Suzuki four strokes. She is extremely fast and very comfortable. During her maiden fishing tournament she took top honours with an 86kg yellowfin tuna caught by Gareth Beaumont. Lynx is a 11meter Gecat powered by Suzuki 250hp motors and she is, as always ready for her next trip to the deep. Below is a list of notable achievements over the last few years:
LYNX - 1st Prize, Gordons Bay Offshore Classic 2003 - 1st Marlin landed at Gordons Bay Feb 2004 (97kg Striped Marlin) - 1st Prize, Hout Bay Tuna Derby 2004 - Top Boat, Gordons Bay
Offshore Classic 2005 - Top Boat, Gordons Bay Offshore Classic 2006 and numerous other achievemnts over the years.
TYLER - 1st Prize Gordons Bay Offshore Classic 2007 - 2nd Place, Two Oceans Marlin Tournament Struisbaai 2009. Last year (February) Tyler became the first boat to catch and release 10 marlin in a single month in Struisbaai at Cape Aghulas in 2012 and we did it again in Feb 2013. Our tally of marlin is now approaching 40fish.
If rock & surf or fly-fishing
is your forte, allow us to take you to some of the best fishing spots
around the coast and some of the most productive inland waters. We provide
good quality tackle, and apart from specialist fly-fishing equipment,
everything will be supplied. Fishing is to IGFA standards and records
can be claimed.
On the underwater
side of things, we offer blue-water hunting off Cape Point and reef diving
trips up the Cape Coast. These trips can be arranged for any period of
time. Have a look at our rates page for and idea of what is on offer.
The South African record yellowfin tuna was broken many times by spearfishermen
in the last couple of seasons and I have no doubt it will be broken again
soon. Our biggest fish speared so far was a brute of 95kg with a number of fish in the 90's having been taken. Fish of between 80 and 90 have almost become a formality. If you could ever say spearing a yellowfin is a "formality". Incidentally,
we managed to catch our 100+kg fish during the last season, 101.2kg to be exact. We once again had a number of fish in the 90 to 95kg class, but only one of over a 100.
Our ladies spearfishing record yellowfin of 66kg also still stands. This
is only 2kg short of the current ladies world record.
We will arrange all
bookings, collect you at Cape Town International Airport, arrange transfers
and/or car hire and ensure you are accompanied to our guest house/holiday
apartment or any other accommodation you may choose.
Join us for a day,
a week, or a month, we offer a truly memorable local fishing adventure.
We are situated in the Harbour at Gordons Bay. Our GPS co-ordinates are:
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HAPPENING ON THE LOCAL SCENE - Thursday 13 Feb 2014
Summer is well and truly upon us, and whilst we have had our fair share of wind, unseasonal rain and a few other weather anomallies that could probably be ascribed to global warming or some other glitch in the ecosystem, the impression I have is that we have good weather for fishing. I say this because November was a good time for yellowfin, beginning of Dec was a blowout, but since Christmas, we have had many sea day and generally the fishing around the entire Cape coast has been very, very good. The yellowfin tuna arrived on time and in the best numbers we have seen for years and the yellowtail stocks are as good as I have ever seen them, if not better. In the last two weeks we have seen numbers of yellowfin tuna off Cape Point, the like of which I have not seen since 2004/5. In light of the above, we have no reason not to expect that the good fishing will continue and since our traditionally windy time has been fairly good, one would expect that the benign weather period that usually comes with Feb and March will continue to provide us with many sea days and good fishing.
The time is also upon us for our annual migration to the warm blue waters of the Agulhas Banks. Last season was once again a winner for us and we released no less than 10 marlin for the month of Feb, and judging by the amount of marlin activity down there in the last few weeks, we have our hopes up to improve on that figure in 2014. In 2012 we also released 10 marlin. We are booked for the Two Oceans Marlin tournament and have a number of other bookings for Feb and March, but there are still days available. We have done three trips so far and have four striped marlin on the board!
Although October, the traditional arrival time for the migratory yellowfin, did not deliver any outstanding fishing, there were a few good days when the guys got stuck into the fish. It was, however, a bit hit and miss and we had a couple fo misses and one or two day that were OK. No great shakes. I though we were in for more of what we have had for the last couple of seasons, (i.e. very poor showing of tuna) but then came November and the big fish moved in. The latter half of Nov was very good and we averaged fish of 90kg plus on almost every trip. And there were quite a lot of them. One of the crew remarked one day that it was amazing to be out fishing and have every bait we threw at the fish get eaten. It was reminiscent of the halcyon days of 2004 to 2007. Those of you who went out with us in those years will remember that we literally went out to the canyon area, started tossing cut up pilchards into the sea and within minutes would have the yellowfin crashing the bait on the surface. In those days we would do a sinlge drift for the day and once we had caught enough fish, it would be lines up and home. Easy as you like.
Early December and up to Christmas brought very few sea days and the SE plagued us. During this time there was very little to report, but on the odd occasion that we managed to get out, we did get some fish, but as with October, it was not great. Then after Christams and into January the wind dropped and we had some great weather. In fact, it is now well into February and we have had the best spell of weather I can recall for a long time. And with the good weather has come fanatastic fishing. As mentioned above, for some reason that we could neither predict nor understand, a mass of young, 30 to 50kg yellowfin tuna have arrived off Cape Point and practically every boat that has ventured out to the tuna grounds has been catching as much as they want. Those of you who have been fishing for tuna for a few years will know that Feb is the time when the tuna disappear off our coast. (apart from the little 5 to 15kg fish). In this case, and we have no explanation whatsoever, the fish have arrived early, or they never left or whatever. Who knows. Fact is there are plenty of fish to go around. They may still move off on their normal migratory route, or they may stay. For now we are just taking it as it comes and appreciating the good fishing. In addition to the tuna, their have been plenty of yellowtail at Cape Point and a few marlin have been seen in the tuna grounds off Cape Point. One was caught last Sunday.
The marlin hotspot is however down at Cape Agulhas. Last week we took Tyler down there for our annual two month stint. So far we have done four trips and have had numerous marlin sightings, strikes and managed to release four striped marlin from 90 to 120kg. In addition to this, there have been another 10 or 12 fish caught in the last week. So, the marlin are there and things are looking good for the Two Oceans Marlin Competition at the end of the month. we are booked for the malrin competition, but have a few open days on the calender. If you are keen, drop us a line and we'll try to accomodate you. This year we are charging R7k for the boat plus fuel. This give us the flexibilty to go and look for the fish wherever they may be. Alphards, 45's etc. Struisbaai alsway provides a variety of good fishing and this year is no different, the yellowtail are everywhere, we have caught dorado, leerfish and a variety of other species after only a few trips.
Go to http://southseasafaris.blogspot.com/ and become a follower. I will, in time, be doing more pictures and updates there.
Till next time, tight lines and good fishing. we hope to see you on the water.
Regards - The SSS team.
Last, but not least,
we are sending out regular reports and fishing updates to our friends
and customers, both in South Africa and internationally. If you would
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