Info Page on Local Fish, Ray's and Sharks - Chasing-Tail

 

Below is some info on the fish you catch around the West-Coast of South-Africa, spesifically around our area (Langebaan / St Helena Bay / Yzerfontein + Dassen Island). We also provide a guide with the best bait to use and that is preferred by local anglers around here. We hope you find this helps to give you a better understanding of our local fish.

( The list of Fish is at the top with the Ray's and Sharks at the bottom )

 


The Fish

Blacktail / Dassie

Season: All Year

Bait: Bloodworm, Chokka, Sand Prawns, Mud Prawns, Red Bait, Prawn Bait, White Mussel, Pilchards, Drop Shot

Regulations: Size > 20cm, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Bonitas

Season: Summer

Bait: Rapala, Spoon

Regulations: Size > no regulations, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good, if bled properly

 

Cape Salmon / Geelbek

Season: Summer

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard, Fish Bait Fillets, Karanteen, Sand Prawn, Octopus

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 2

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Excellent

 

Carpenter / Silverfish

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > 35 cm, Bag limit = 4

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Elf / Shad

Season: Summer, Spring

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Pilchard (very fresh), Mullet, Drop Shot, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon (early morning).

Regulations: Size > 30cm, Bag limit = 4

Closed Season: 1 October to 30 November

Eating Quality: Good when fresh

 

Galjoen

Season: Winter

Bait: Sand Prawns, Red Bait (matured), Prawn Bait, White Mussel

Regulations: Size > 35cm, Bag limit = 2

Closed Season: 15 October to last day in February

Eating: Good

 

Gurnard

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > No regulation, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Hake

Season: Autumn, Winter

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > No Regulation, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Excellent

 

Karanteen / Strepie

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Pilchards, Prawn Bait, Drop Shot

Regulations: Size > 15cm, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Poor

 

Kingklip

Season: Winter

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > No Regulation, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Kob / Kabeljou

Season: All Year

Bait: Bloodworm, Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Sand Prawns, Mud Prawns, Pilchards, Octopus, Prawn Bait, Blacktail, Karanteen, Mackerel, Elf, Drop Shot, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon

Regulations: From shore or lagoon: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 1, by boat: size >50 cm, bag limit 5 but only 1 > 110cm per day

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Leervis / Garrick

Season: Spring, Summer

Bait: Karanteen, Pilchards, Blacktail, Mackerel, Elf, Drop Shot, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon

Regulations: Size > 70cm, Bag limit = 2

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Medium – Good when Smoked

 

Mullet / Harder (Net = N)

Season: All Year

Bait: Pilchards, Fresh Bread, Prawn Bait

Regulations: Size > No Regulation, Bag limit = 50

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Poor

 

Musselcracker White / Silver Steenbras

Season: Spring, Summer

Bait: Chokka, Sand Prawns, Red Bait, Pilchard, Octopus, Red Crab, Prawn Bait

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 2

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Musselcracker Black / Poenskop

Season: Spring, Summer

Bait: Chokka, Red Bait, Pilchards, Octopus, Red Crab, Prawn Bait

Regulations: Size > 50 cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Red Roman

Season: Summer

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Sand Prawns, Pilchard, Octopus, Prawn Bait

Regulations: Size > 30cm, Bag limit = 2

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Red Stumpnose / Miss Lucy

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > 30cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Rock Cod

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Sand Prawns, Pilchard, Prawn Bait

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Excellent

 

Rock Cod Yellowbellied

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Excellent

 

Santer / Soldier

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > 30 cm, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Medium

 

Spotted Grunter / Tiger

Season: Summer

Bait: Bloodworm, Chokka, Sand Prawns, Mud Prawns, Pilchard, Prawn Bait, White Mussel, Drop Shot

Regulations: Size > 40cm, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Excellent

 

Steenbras – Red

Season: Autumn, Winter

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets

Regulations: Size > 60 cms, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: 1 October to 30 November

Eating Quality: Good

 

Steenbras – Sand

Season: All Year

Bait: Bloodworm, Chokka, Sand Prawns, Mud Prawns, Pilchard, Prawn Bait, White Mussel

Regulations: Size > No regulation, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Medium

 

Steenbras – White / Pignose Grunter

Season: All Year

Bait: Bloodworm, Chokka, Sand Prawns, Mud Prawns, Pilchard, Prawn Bait, White Mussel

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Stumpnose Cape

Season: Winter, Spring (Sea) All Year (Lagoon)

Bait: Bloodworm, Chokka, Sand Prawns, Mud Prawns, Pilchard, Prawn Bait, White Mussel

Regulations: Size > 20cm, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Tuna / Tunny – Yellowfin

Season: Summer

Bait: Fish Bait Fillet, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon

Regulations: Size > 3.2kg, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Yellow Tail

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon

Regulations: Size > No Regulation, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

 

Zebra / Wildeperd

Season: Winter

Bait: Chokka, Sand Prawns, Mud Prawns, Red Bait, Prawn Bait

Regulations: Size > 30cm, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Medium

 


Rays and Sharks

Black Stingray / Short Tail Stingray

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Octopus, Mackerel, Elf, Yellowtail, Sarda Sarda

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Blue Stingray

Season: Spring, Summer

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Bronze Whaler / Copper Shark

Season: Spring, Summer

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Octopus, Mackerel, Mullet, Elf, Yellowtail, Sarda Sarda

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Cat Shark / Pyjama Shark

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Pilchard

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Cow Shark

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Diamond Ray / Butterfly Ray

Season: Spring, Summer

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Karanteen, Blacktail, Mackerel, Elf

Regulations: Size > Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Duckbill

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Octopus

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Hammerhead Shark

Season: Summer

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Octopus, Blacktail, Mackerel, Mullet, Elf, Yellowtail, Sarda Sarda

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Ragged Tooth Shark

Season: Summer

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Octopus, Blacktail, Mackerel, Mullet, Yellowtail, Elf, Sarda Sarda

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Sand Shark / Lesser Spotted Guitar Shark

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Pilchard, Mackerel

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Smooth Hound Shark

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Pilchard, Octopus, Mackerel, Mullet, Elf, Yellowtail, Sarda Sarda

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Spotted Gulley Shark

Season: All Year

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Pilchard, Mackerel, Mullet, Elf, Yellowtail, Sarda Sarda

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Thresher Shark

Season: Winter, Spring

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Blacktail, Mackerel, Mullet, Elf, Yellowtail, Sarda Sarda

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 


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