Fishing is a popular pastime in Knysna and many species are up for grabs along these shores. During summer, Cape Salmon and Cob are often landed, while Hake and Red Roman are some of the popular winter visitors. Other species which usually find their lives on the line in Knysna are Swart Steenbras; Red Steenbras, Red Stump Nose, Santer, Dageraad, Carpenter Fish, Bonnito, Gurnet and Sharks.

All these fish are caught offshore, and the best way to bag one or two is to arm yourself with a good supply of pilchard, chukka, octopus and small live bait, and book a charter into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Fortunately, Knysna has a great selection of reputable companies offering a range of fishing charters. All equipment is usually supplied and experienced deck hands will assist you with baiting up and anything else that you require.


Your fishing adventure usually lasts about five hours and departs at the crack of dawn. You need to be in possession of a recreational fishing licence for all fishing activities in South Africa and you should also make sure that you pack a sun hat, sun block lotion, seasickness medication (if needed) and a warm jacket. A camera is also handy for photographic evidence of the ones that got away, especially since some charters operate only on a catch-and-release basis. Other charters will allow you to keep what you catch within the bag limit per species.

Although children are welcome aboard most fishing charters, those under the age of eight are discouraged from tagging along as they are too young to fully enjoy the experience and become fidgety and bored. Wearing a life jacket is compulsory while out at sea.


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