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Fishing, Sedgefield, Wilderness and Mossel Bay Garden Route

Fishing, Sedgefield, Garden Route

Sedgefield provides both lake and surf fishing where a variety of fish can be caught from Blacktail, to Muscle Cracker in the sea and feisty Bass in Groenvlei.

Fishing licences for boat and angling are obtainable from Sports and Hobbies – Sedgefield (044 343 1236) and remember if you are walking to Gericke’s Point to check the tides.

Fish and Bait Fish

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Blacktail / Dassie

Season: All Year

Location: Groenvlei, Gericke’s Point, Swartvlei, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness, Victoria Bay, Herold’s Bay, Glentana, Kleinbrak, Tergniet, Rheebok, Hartenbos

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

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Karanteen / Strepie

Season: All Year

Location: Gericke’s Point, Herolds Bay, Kleinbrak

Bait: Chokka, Pilchards, Prawn Bait, Drop Shot

Regulations: Size > 15cm, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Poor

Galjoen

Galjoen

Season: Winter

Location: Groenvlei-oesterbanke, Swartvlei, Gonnas, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness, Herolds Bay, Glentana, Hersham, Gericke’s Point

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

Kabeljou

Kob / Kabeljou

Season: All Year

Location: Swartvlei, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness, Kaaimans, Herolds Bay, Glentana, Tergniet, Rheebok, Kleinbrak, Hartenbos, Gericke’s Point

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

Musselcracker White / Silver Steenbras

Musselcracker White / Silver Steenbras

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Groenvlei, Swartvlei, Gericke’s Point, Gonnas, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness, Herolds Bay, Hartenbos.

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

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 2

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

Musselcracker Poenskop

Musselcracker Black / Poenskop

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Gericke’s Point, Kleinbrak

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

Regulations: Size > 50 cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

Leervis

Leervis / Garrick

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Swartvlei, Gericke’s Point, Wilderness, Glentana, Hartenbos, Diaz.

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

 

Stumpnose Cape

Stumpnose Cape

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

Location: Groenvlei, Gonnas, Wilderness, Kleinkrantz, Kleinbrak, Hartenbos.

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

Regulations: Size > 20cm, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

Zebra / Wildeperd

Zebra / Wildeperd

Season: Winter

Location: Groenvlei, Gonnas, Wilderness, Heroldsbaai, Kleinbrak, Tergniet, Rheebok

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

Regulations: Size > 30cm, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Medium

Sharks & Rays

Sharks are regularly caught along our shores and the feisty Ragged tooth shark are frequently reeled in. Their conservation status is recorded as endangered by Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town and the “catch and release” procedure should be practised when they are hooked. Despite their fearsome appearance they are harmless to man and as one of our apex predators of the sea, their presence is vital in maintaining the health and diversity of our marine environment.

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Black Stingray / Short Tail Stingray

Season: All Year

Location: Kleinkrantz, Gericke’s Point, Wilderness, Glentana, Hartenbos.

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

blue ray

Blue Stingray

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Gericke’s Point, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness, Glentana, Kleinbrak, Hartenbos.

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

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Bronze Whaler / Copper Shark

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Gericke’s Point, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness, Glentana, Hartenbos

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

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Cat Shark / Pyjama Shark

Season: All Year

Location: Gericke’s Point, Herold’s Bay, Kleinbrak

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Pilchard

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

RaggedToothShark

Ragged Tooth Shark

Season: Summer

Location: Swartvlei, Gericke’s Point, Kleinkranz, Wilderness, Hartenbos, Glentana

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

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Smooth Hound Shark

Season: All Year

Location: Boat, Gericke’s Point, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness, Herolds Bay, Glentana

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

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Spotted Gulley Shark

Season: All Year

Location: Boat, Gericke’s Point, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness, Herold’s Bay, Glentana, Kleinbrak

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

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Thresher Shark

Season: Winter, Spring

Location: Boat, Gericke’s Point, Voelklip, Herold’s Bay.

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Bass Fishing – Groenvlei Lake Pleasant

Groenvlei, also called Lake Pleasant is situated just outside Sedgfield and close to Knysna, adjacent to the N2 national road in the Garden Route. Groenvlei is one of very few natural lakes to contain bass in South Africa.

The lake is fed from natural underwater springs and while only separated from the sea by a thin strip of land, less than 2 km wide it is only slightly saline, less than 0.35%. Nobody is able to say how Largemouth Bass came to be in the lake.

The lake is not large, maybe 4 km long and 1 km wide, it is also not deep, the maximum depth being around 3 metres with very few “holes” up to 5 metres deep. Electric motors only are allowed on the lake, outboard motors have to be lifted clear of the water at all times.

Groenvlei has no rocks, points or drop-offs to speak of, structure here is water grass or reeds, and lots of it. The entire lake is surrounded by a dense mat of grass and a wide bed of reeds. There are also random patches of grass in other parts of the lake including the centre. Bass are to be found in most these grass beds.

Capacity Unknown, surface area approximately 5 km2.
Slipway Yes, alongside the N2 highway, there is no cost to launch but a permit is required from the rangers office on the southern bank or from the tackle shop in Sedgfield.
Fish Species Available Largemouth Bass, Tilapia, Bluegill, Carp
Structure Grass beds and a dense bed of reeds that surrounds the lake.
Recommended Lures Neutral coloured soft plastics such as flukes, also spinnerbaits and light coloured crankbaits. Topwaters are reputed to work well in the early morning and evening hours.
Warnings Wind – the westerly wind can come up which blows away from the launch site and resort, since outboard motors are not permitted that could cause a problem getting back for a boat under only electric power, make sure that you have ample battery power.

Maps

Mossel Bay Fishing Map Small

Click to see a large map of Mossel Bay Fishing Spots

Wilderness Fishing Map Small

Click to see large map of Wilderness Fishing Spots

Sedgefield Fishing Spots small

Click to see a large map of Sedgefield Fishing spots.

More info on the town of Knysna More info on the Garden Route area



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