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Let’s go fishing!

February 11, 2011

There are lots of great places for the fisherman…or fisherwoman…within easy reach of Somerset West.

Salt water fishing can be done from the beach or from piers situated in the harbours all along the Cape Peninsula. You can fish off the piers in Gordon’s Bay, Hout Bay and Kalk Bay and off the beach near Muizenberg, in Blouberg and along the West Coast. If you don’t fancy catching the fish yourself, you can go to these areas and buy fresh fish straight off the fishing boats.

If you prefer fresh water fishing, there are lots of good spots for anglers in the rivers and fresh water dams around here.

Fly fishing

There are private venues where a fee to fish or a fee to keep a fish are payable. Fresh water fishing permits, available from Cape Nature, tel. 021-483-0000, are required to fish the rivers of the Western Cape. You’ll need to bring along your standard rod, reel and your best flies to catch some beautiful trout.

A couple of popular venues for fly fishing are:
Eikendal Vineyards near Stellenbosch
Dewdale Trout Farm in Franschhoek

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are great fighting fish. The best bass fishing here is generally in spring and summer but other times of the year do produce some nice fish. Many private venues have dams stocked with bass but the size and health of the fish varies from dam to dam depending on the water quality, food supply and population in each dam.

Some popular bass fishing venues are:

Theewaterskloof Dam near Villiersdorp
Voelvlei Dam
Wiesenhof Park in Stellenbosch

There are many carp fishing venues around with different species of carp stocked in their dams including common carp, grass carp and mirror carp. Be sure to bring your rods, reels, stands and feed and enjoy a peaceful day waiting for the sound of your drag announce that you have a fish.

As well as the Threewaterskloor and Voelvlei dams already listed some other venues for carp fishing are:

Rondevlei near Muizenberg
Paarl Dam

There is some useful information on the following websites:

Cape Nature
Cape Peninsular Angling Club

Happy angling!

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