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Our local fishermen welcome you to Plettenberg Bay

Not only can you have a great time fishing in Plett but there is plenty to do for the rest of the family too!

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Plettenberg Bay offers rock and surf, lagoon and sea fishing in great surroundings. It is the ideal location to bring the family along, as there is plenty for them to do while you fish. The lagoon is ideal to teach a youngster about fishing, and build up a great relationship with them at the same time.

We have national fishermen, league and club fisherman, a ski boat club, an angling club, fishing tackle shops, a bait shop, guiding and charter facilities.

Click here to view our printable Local Map of Fishing Spots

This is a guide to the fish you could normally expect to catch, the bait that is most preferred by local anglers, and the places you could expect to find them. The best time to fish is on the pushing tide in the early morning or late afternoon. Some species are good to fish at night like Kob and White Steenbras.

Of course, there is naturally luck to fishing and you could quite easily catch something very different so, please share your catch news with us!

Good luck for a great catch and don’t be shy – please share your pics with us

Fish and Bait Fish

Dassie final

Blacktail / Dassie

Season: All Year

Location: Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Lagoon, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Island Rocks, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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

Bonito Sarda Sarda

Bonito / Sarda Sarda

Season: Summer

Location: Boat

Bait: Rapala, Spoon

Regulations: Size > no regulations, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good, if bled properly

Cape Salmon Geelbek

Cape Salmon / Geelbek

Season: Summer

Location: Boat

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

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 2

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Excellent

Silverfish

Carpenter / Silverfish

Season: All Year

Location: Boat

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > 35 cm, Bag limit = 4

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

Elf Shad

Elf / Shad

Season: Summer, Spring

Location: Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach at Protea Hotel, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Island Rocks, Hobie Beach, Robberg Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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 12

Galjoen

Season: Winter

Location: Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach, Lookout Rocks, Die Eiland, Robberg 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

Gurnard (Knorhaan)

Gurnard

Season: All Year

Location: Boat

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > No regulation, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

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Hake

Season: Autumn, Winter

Location: Boat

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > No Regulation, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Excellent

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Karanteen / Strepie

Season: All Year

Location: Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Lagoon, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Island Rocks, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

Bait: Chokka, Pilchards, Prawn Bait, Drop Shot

Regulations: Size > 15cm, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Poor

Kingklip

Kingklip

Season: Winter

Location: Boat

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > No Regulation, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

Kabeljou

Kob / Kabeljou

Season: All Year

Location: Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Hobie Beach, Robberg Beach, Die Eiland

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

Leervis / Garrick

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach at Protea Hotel, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Island Rocks, Robberg Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point – boat

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

Harder

Mullet / Harder (Net = N)

Season: All Year

Location: Nature’s Valley Beach(N), Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock(N), Keurbooms Beach(N), Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach at Protea Hotel(N), Lookout Rocks, Beacon Island Rocks, Hobie Beach(N), Robberg Beach(N), Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

Bait: Pilchards, Fresh Bread, Prawn Bait

Regulations: Size > No Regulation, Bag limit = 50

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Poor

Silver Steenbras or White Musselcracker

Musselcracker White / Silver Steenbras

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Die Eiland

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 Poenskop

Musselcracker Black / Poenskop

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Boat

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

Red Roman

Season: Summer

Location: Boat, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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

Red Stumpnose / Miss Lucy

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Location: Boat

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > 30cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

Rockcod

Rock Cod

Season: All Year

Location: Boat, Robberg Point

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

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Excellent

Yellow Belly Rockcod

Rock Cod Yellowbellied

Season: All Year

Location: Boat

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Excellent

Santer

Santer / Soldier

Season: All Year

Location: Boat

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Size > 30 cm, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Medium

Spotted Grunter

Spotted Grunter / Tiger

Season: Summer

Location: Nature’s Valley Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Hobie Beach

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

red steenbras

Steenbras – Red

Season: Autumn, Winter

Location: Boat

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets

Regulations: Size > 60 cms, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: 1 October to 30 November

Eating Quality: Good

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Steenbras – Sand

Season: All Year

Location: Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Island Rocks, Hobie Beach, Robberg Beach

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

White Steenbras (Witsteenbras)

Steenbras – White / Pignose Grunter

Season: All Year

Location: Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Hobie Beach, Robberg Beach

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

Regulations: Size > 60cm, Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

Cape Stumpnose

Stumpnose Cape

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

Location: Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel

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

Regulations: Size > 20cm, Bag limit = 5

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

yellowfin tuna

Tuna / Tunny – Yellowfin

Season: Summer

Location: Boat

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

Regulations: Size > 3.2kg, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

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Yellow Tail

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Location: Boat, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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

Regulations: Size > No Regulation, Bag limit = 10

Closed Season: No

Eating Quality: Good

Zebra

Zebra / Wildeperd

Season: Winter

Location: Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Picnic Rocks to Arch Rock, Die Eiland

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

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Black Stingray / Short Tail Stingray

Season: All Year

Location: Lookout Rocks, Beacon Isle Rocks, Hobie Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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: Nature’s Valley Beach, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Hobie Beach, Robberg Beach, Die Eiland

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

bronze_whaler

Bronze Whaler / Copper Shark

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Boat, Nature’s Valley Beach, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Isle Rocks, Hobie Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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: Boat, Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Picnic Rock to Arch Rock, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Isle Rocks, Hobie Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Pilchard

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

 

Seven-gill-shark

Cow Shark

Season: All Year

Location: Boat, Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Hobie Beach, Robberg Point

Bait: Chokka, Pilchard

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

diamond-ray

Diamond Ray / Butterfly Ray

Season: Spring, Summer

Location: Nature’s Valley Beach, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Isle Rocks, Hobie Beach, Robberg Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland

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

Regulations: Size > Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

duckbill ray

Duckbill

Season: All Year

Location: Nature’s Valley Beach, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Isle Rocks, Hobie Beach, Robberg Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

Bait: Chokka, Octopus

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

hammerhead_shark

Hammerhead Shark

Season: Summer

Location: Boat, Nature’s Valley Beach, Keurbooms Beach, Beacon Isle Rocks, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

RaggedToothShark

Ragged Tooth Shark

Season: Summer

Location: Boat, Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rock to Arch Rock, Beach, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Isle Rocks, Hobie Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

guitarfish

Sand Shark / Lesser Spotted Guitar Shark

Season: All Year

Location: Nature’s Valley Beach, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Hobie Beach, Robberg Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland

Bait: Chokka, Fish Bait Fillets, Pilchard, Mackerel

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

smooth hound 12

Smooth Hound Shark

Season: All Year

Location: Boat, Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rock to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach, Keurbooms Lagoon, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Lookout Rocks, Beacon Isle Rocks, Hobie Beach, Robberg Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

spotted_gully_shark11

Spotted Gulley Shark

Season: All Year

Location: Boat, Sinker Bay to Salt River Mouth, Nature’s Valley Beach, Picnic Rock to Arch Rock, Keurbooms Beach Protea Hotel, Beacon Isle Rocks, Hobie Beach, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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, Meidebank, Die Eiland, Robberg Point

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

Regulations: Bag limit = 1

Closed Season: No

And yes, there are some other regulations for Plettenberg Bay you should know about!

Robberg Marine Protected Area

No fishing is allowed in a rectangular area surrounding the Robberg Peninsula between the latitudes of 34°04.916’S and 34°07.633’S and the longitudes 023°22.300’E and 023°25.967’E although shore angling is allowed. No jetskis may be used anywhere in the MPA. Cape Nature is the management agency (Contact No: +27(0)44 533 2185

Tsitsikamma National Park (includes the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area)

No fishing is allowed between Groot River at Oubos to Groot River at Nature’s Valley, extending three nautical miles sea-wards from the high-water mark. No jetskis may be used anywhere in the MPA. SANParks is the management agency (Contact No:+27(0)42 281 1607)

Fishing Permit:

A fishing permit must be obtained from the local Post Office which is open Mon – Fri 8am to 5pm and on Saturday 8am to 1pm. The Post Office is at the dolphin circle end of Main Road, up the hill and next to the Police Station. Tel: +27(0)44 5331260

The permit will give you the fishing regulations in detail. Please take note of all the prohibited species. Have it on you at all times for inspection.

Note: The overall bag limit = 10

The new regulations stipulate that all powered vessels, jetskis and other toys require proof that they have been surveyed and issued with the necessary certificate and stickers, no matter where they are being used – penalties are stiff for not complying and insurance will be invalid.

Don’t forget your skipper’s licence!

We would like to thank Rod Kieser of the Ski Boat Club, Patrick Macdonald of  Enrico’s Fishing Charters, Barney Barnard from the Bait Master and Russell Kretzmann of Keystone Projects, for the hours of work they put into making this info available to fellow anglers.

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