Fish Species Caught In Cape Town



Tuna species caught in Cape Town

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna

Cape Town’s most revered fighting fish. Generally caught around 40 nm off shore. Weather and water temperature play a large role in catching these tuna. Yellowfin tuna are predominantly caught during Cape Town’s summer months (November - February) but are known to be caught all year round. Larger tuna are known to provide a serious fight and may take up to 4 hours to land. Generally a good tasting red meat fish. A popular fish for sushi.

Latin Name: Thunnus Albacares
Season: Predominantly summer
Bait: Fish Bait Fillet, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon
Eating Quality: Good
Weight: 10 – 100kgs+

Big Eye Tuna

Big eye Tuna

A strong large tuna known for lurking in waters up to 1000m in depth making it the deepest going tuna of all the tuna species. Research has shown they are known to dive into the deeps based on the moon cycles.

Latin Name: Thunnus Obesus
Season: Summer
Bait: Fish Bait Fillet, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon
Eating Quality: Good
Weight: 30 – 180kgs

Skipjack

katonkel skipjack Tuna

Also known as bonito or katonkel is a smaller tuna species often found close to the surface in large shoals. They are commonly found where warm and cold water meet.

Latin Name: Katsuwonus Pelamis
Season: All Year
Bait: Rapala, Spoon
Eating Quality: Good, if bled properly
Weight: 4 - 8kgs

The South Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

South Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

More rarely caught the South Atlantic Bluefin tuna is a larger species of Tuna caught off in South Africa’s waters. A prized eating fish as an unbeatable sushi. Known to reach speeds of 64km/h.

Latin Name: Thunnus Thynnus
Season: May - August
Bait:Fish Bait Fillet, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon
Eating Quality: Excellent
Weight: 80 - 165kgs

Longfin Tuna

longfin Tuna

More rarely caught the South Atlantic Bluefin tuna is a larger species of Tuna caught off in South Africa’s waters. A prized eating fish as an unbeatable sushi. Known to reach speeds of 64km/h.

Latin Name: Thunnus Alalunga
Season: Summer
Bait:Fish Bait Fillet, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon
Eating Quality: Decent
Weight: 6 - 45kgs


Sharks caught in Cape Town

Mako Shark

Mako Shark

The fastest shark of all shark species reaching speeds of 97km/h. Often found leaping out of the water, some scientists account this activity to searching for their prey from above. The mako shark is known for being violent and often overlooked due to their smaller size.

Latin Name: Isurus Oxyrinchus
Season: All year
Bait:Plugs, Rapala, Spoon, Skipjack and other small tuna
Eating Quality: Poor
Weight: 40 - 90kgs

Blue Shark

Blue Shark

Preferring cooler waters this shark is often found in small schools giving them the title “wolves of the sea”. The females are usually larger, and are known to give birth to 130 offspring at once.

Latin Name: Prionace Glauca
Season: All year
Bait:Plugs, Rapala, Spoon, Skipjack and other small tuna
Eating Quality: Poor
Weight: 60 - 140kgs


All other fish caught in Cape Town

Cape Yellowtail

CApe Yellowtail

Also known as the giant yellowtail. This fish is found in the cold Atlantic waters off the coast of the Southern Cape. These fish are known to migrate during the sardine run (May – July) towards the east coast and we at Xtreme Fishing Charters target them during November to April, even though they can be caught throughout the year.

Latin Name: Seriola Lalandi
Season: All year, primarily November to April
Bait:Chokka, Pilchard, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon
Eating Quality: Good
Weight: 6 - 35kgs

Striped black marlin

Striped black marlin

One of the fastest fish in the world reaching speeds up to 129km/h, this is estimated from the speed at which they are able to unwind fishing line from the reel. The females are often larger than the males. They hunt near the surface and prefer warmer waters. The stripes only appear on the marlin when they are excited and are otherwise not visible. This was the fish that inspired Hemingway to write “The old man and the sea”.

Latin Name: Istiompax Indica
Season: Predominently July through November
Bait:Chokka, Pilchard, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon, Skipjack
Eating Quality: Average
Weight: 200 - 800kgs

Hake

hake

The benguela hake is found exclusively off South Africa. Often found around trawlers. They are usually caught during the early hours of the morning as during the day they swim down to depths of 250m.

Latin Name: Merluccius Poli
Season: All year, primarily Autumn and Winter
Bait:Chokka, Pilchard
Eating Quality: Excellent
Weight: 3 - 12kgs

Cape Snoek

Cape Snoek

Highly sought after by the local communities for its taste. The Cape Snoek or snake mackerel is found around Southern Africa and as north as Angola. This fish has a barracuda like appearance and is a popular South African braai fish.

Latin Name: Thyrsites Atun
Season: Predominantly April - July
Bait:Chokka, Pilchard, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon
Eating Quality: Good
Weight: 2 – 6kgs

Dorado

Mahi Mahi dorado

Dolphin fish or Mahi-Mahi are a greedy fish found near the surface. They are often caught dwelling underneath floating ocean debris. A sought after fish for avid anglers and known for their aerial acrobatics when hooked. They like bright coloured and shiny lures.

Latin Name: Coryphaena Hippurus
Season: All year
Bait:Chokka, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon
Eating Quality: Excellent
Weight: 5 - 16kgs

Wahoo

Wahoo

Although rarely caught an exciting fighting fish accounted for by its speed and erratic behaviour. Usually preferring a solitary environment but can be found in small shoals. An immaculate fish when cooked.

Latin Name: Acanthocybium Solandri
Season: All year
Bait:Primarily Chokka, Salt Water Fly, Plugs, Rapala, Spoon
Eating Quality: Excellent
Weight: 5 - 19kgs