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Welcome to Big Fisher Fishing Charters!
The lure of the sea and game fishing continues to attract anglers from around the world to our shores. The waters around Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, are renowned for their excellent year-round deep sea fishing and scenic viewing, ideal for Fishermen, Photographers and Pelagic bird watchers.
Our mooring in Simon's Town is a short scenic drive from Cape Town and is well situated to set off on a Deep sea, Inshore, Reef fishing charter or viewing adventure. We take clients to the deep sea to catch Tuna, (the large, strong Yellow fin, Big eye or Long-fin) and other species of Game fish. We also fish Inshore for Yellowtail, Geelbek, Snoek, Kabeljou and Reef fish. Our boat is moored in Simon’s Town, removing the need to launch through the waves.
Our boat is skippered by a seasoned Captain who has fished offshore for many years and knows where the fish are found, how to catch them and where to find the more sought after sea-birds (for amazing photo opportunities!).
BIG FISHER III, a 8.5m custom-built boat, offers a large fishing deck area with a walk around cabin, it is of the very popular catamaran design that ensures a safe and smooth ride. it is rigged for fishing, viewing and comfort with a fridge and toilet on board, it easily accommodates 6 passengers.
Fishing and viewing Charters are available all year round, for bookings and further enquires please contact us, we look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you on board.
(Trip Duration 5 - 9 hours)
Where we fish : When fishing offshore we travel forty to sixty kilometres out to sea from Cape Point to the blue water where the Tuna abound. The ideal for Tuna fishing is between 18-20 degrees Celsius. However we do catch fish in warmer and colder water.
Target Species : The fishing grounds we travel to offer fish such as Yellow fin, Big eye and Long fin tuna, Skip jack, Macko and Blue pointer shark and the occasional Dorado and Black Marlin. As we travel to the fishing grounds we use the sonar/fishfinder to check for shoals of large fish, and look for other indicators of Tuna such as birds diving for bait fish and boats working an area.
Tackle : When fishing in the deep, we carry tackle for both heavy and light fishing. When fishing for Tuna and large game fish we use top of the range multi speed reels loaded with 500m of 38kg line, these reels have a smooth, pre-set drag system. The rods we use have roller guides and are able to handle 50-100 lb class line. We cater for both experienced and novice anglers and ensure that the less experienced fisherman enjoy the excitement of boating “the big one. As the less experienced fisherman can take up to two hours to land a large Tuna, we don’t recommend the use of lighter tackle for the uninitiated.
The trip : Before agreeing to the date of the offshore charter we look at long range weather forecasts to ensure that we have a window of good weather for the day, consulting weather reports, deep sea wave and wind reports, and the barometer. Our boat takes up to six anglers and two crew.
We are based in Simonstown, removing the hassle of launching from a trailer. Depending on our clients requirements we normally meet between six and seven am in Simonstown and head out to sea. The trip takes us past the SA navy base, the lighthouse at Roman Rock, Boulders beach and then on to Cape point. As we pass the magnificent Cape Point, the water temperature in this area ranges from 13 to 19 degrees C. The last natural spectacle we pass f on the way out is a large reef named the Bellows, the Bellows is a large reef that is over three NM from the Point, it projects over a meter from the sea and “blows” white spray high into the air.
We then set course for the deep, our course depends on where we know Tuna are being caught. This is normally in the order of thirty to sixty kilometres off shore. When we reach deep water it turns blue and the temperature increases to 20 degrees C. Depending on the sea, weather and other conditions we may choose to trawl for game fish on the way to the fishing spot. If one trawls through a shoal at least two lures are hit and ratchets run. When fighting the fish we try to bring the shoal close to the boat by chumming. This brings the tuna to a feeding frenzy and enables more fish to be caught.
Once in the Tuna grounds we bait our hooks with Sardine and play out the line by hand, we pre set the reel tension before doing this as Tuna sometimes take the bait during this process. In a short time the reels run, the rod is placed into a fighting harness and the reel clipped on, by this time the fish has taken over 150 meters of line on its first run and the fight is on! The drag is moved to its pre-set maximum tension, despite this, the tuna continues to take line as if there is no drag on the line. After fighting the fish for some time the Tuna can be seen swimming in large circles below the boat and tiring, soon it is close enough to be brought on board. We follow the same process as we catch more of these fantastic fish.
Soon it is time to rest and allow tired muscles to recover, refreshments and snacks are taken. At around three o clock we turn for home and head back towards Cape Point. As we pass Cape Point, we stop to take in this amazing sight and our clients take photos to take back home with all the memories of the trip. We reach Simon's Town Waterfront by four o’clock it’s been a fantastic day out in the deep with some nice fish caught, meeting new people creating memories that will last a lifetime.