South Africa's Leading Yellowfin Tuna Specialists
We meet outside the Lookoutdeck Restaurant inside Hout Bay Harbour and departure times vary from 6:30 to 7:30 (the earlier the better).
We usually depart as close to first light as possible and then travel offshore up to 30 to 40 nautical miles out (for you land lubbers that’s about 55 to 75km’s) to the tuna grounds.
As we fish so often we are in the know as to the tuna movements and where best to go to locate the tuna schools.
The run out is usually about 90 minutes to 2 hours so we are normally fishing from about 8:30 depending on what time we left harbour.
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Offshore Tuna Fishing:
Our main target species are Yellowfin tuna and longfin tuna. Blue and Mako sharks also sometimes take the lines which we release as well as yellowtail and dorado which one can expect late in summer. A rare but possible catch late in summer are striped and black marlin which seem to be getting more and more prevalent off our coast each summer season.
We tease up schools of tuna right under the boat and you often actually see them swimming around and taking the baited lines! This provides hectic and very excited fishing with continuous multiple hook-ups being the norm when this happens.
We ice your catch and clean and fillet fish for you to take home with you if you would like to as a courtesy service. We normally aim to be back in harbour from about 4pm, but this varies due to the sea and fishing conditions.
Yellowtail / Snoek:
Hout Bay is centrally located to the best inshore fishing spots in Cape Town. We follow the schools of yellowtail and snoek as they move along the coast and fish the reefs from Robben Island in the north all the way down to Cape Point and Rocky bank in the South.
During the tuna season (April/May and October to mid-January) it is often also possible to catch yellowfin tuna and longfin tuna close to the coast if the conditions are right while targeting the smaller inshore species. Our biggest yellowfin tuna taken so far inshore on light tackle gear is 67kgs.
Although we do catch both yellowtail and snoek while trolling the yellowtail are often found chasing baitfish on the surface and one can cast spinners at them with very good results. The snoek is most often taken mid water while drifting and jigging or spinning with multiple hook-ups being the norm. Both are most often in big schools which can provide great action. We also catch both species on fly.
Inshore charters depart from Hout Bay between 6:30 and 8am and are normally back in harbour around 2pm to 3pm. However, we are flexible and can fit in with your time requirements.
Yellowfin tuna on fly must be the ultimate challenge for any serious saltwater fly fisher and is what I like to call EXTREME fly fishing. Anglers from around the world have fished with us in pursuit of trophy yellowfin tuna on fly. After landing yellowfin tuna with us their opinions have been unanimous – they never expected the sustained power and brute strength that the yellowfin tuna is capable of.
Yellowtail / Snoek:
Not to be confused with yellowfin tuna, yellowtail is caught on fly both inshore and offshore. Inshore they hang around reefs and often chase schools of baitfish to the surface while offshore they tend to hang around current lines and underneath anything that has been floating for a while offshore such as a kelp rafts or a buoy with some rope still attached that has broken off a ship. We generally target the yellowtail on 10 to 12 weight flyrods.
Snoek otherwise known as the “cape sailfish” are caught midwater drifting over large schools and stripping a sinking line with a baitfish imitation fly attached.
Tuna Spear Fishing:
Blue water spearing for yellowfin and longfin tuna off the Cape is becoming more and more popular. With large numbers of big yellowfin tuna often present spearos are at times spoilt for choice as to which tuna to shoot.
During the tuna season offshore water conditions can be greener at times but often blue water moves in providing clean water and excellent visibility. Blue water conditions are superb with water temperatures from 18 to 22 degrees C and under ideal conditions water visibility up to 25m.
We normally shoot with 1.4 double rubber aluminium barrel guns. The spears have detachable heads and the guns are rigged in a breakaway fashion. This breakaway is attached to about 20m of bungee cord which is in turn connected to professionally rigged locally made Tommie Botha tuna boogie boards.
Tuna are incredibly powerful fish and although it is not necessary to dive very deep to shoot them there is always the threat of blackout from being dragged under. Combined with this is the current and chance of encountering Mako and blue sharks makes it important to be competent while in the water.
Because of this we only take competent experienced spearo’s out to shoot tuna. We can supply two professionally rigged 1.4m tuna spear guns with detachable heads as well as weight belts and boogie boards including bungee lines, cumbersome items one would not want to travel with.
Rods & Reels:
Big Catch and Obsession are fully equipped with Penn International and Shimano fishing tackle. All our reels are machined from bar stock aluminium and have been tried and tested and proven time and again to stand up to the abuse of Yellowfin tuna. We only use the best quality reels available on the market to target tuna.
Harnesses & Technique:
To be successful it is important to fight tuna in a stand-up harness, not a chair. This is because the tuna most often run down under the boat and not out on the surface. The stand-up harness allows the angler to lean into the gunnels of the boat and get the rod tip clear of the sides of the boat while fighting. This greatly reduces the chances of being ‘burnt off ‘on the sides of the boat if the fishing line touches the boat under tension while fighting a fish the friction burns through the line. We only use Black Magic Stand-up harnesses – the best quality available.
Two Oceans Sport Fishing Charters is very well known both locally and internationally. We are one of the most experienced charter operations in South Africa who have landed over nineteen 100 kg Tuna. We have won and been placed in the top ten for five straight years in our local tuna fishing competition as well as taking several world records. We look forward to welcoming you onboard one of our boats for an awesome day’s fishing.
We have a fleet of boats available to suit your needs. We only use the best boats, professionally rigged gear and experienced crew to make sure you enjoy the best possible experience with us. Good service is as important to us as catching fish.
THE JACK 21ft Buttcat:
THE JACK is the newest addition to our growing fleet. THE JACK is a 21 Ft walk around Buttcat powered by twin 70 Hp Suzuki 4 stroke outboard motors. It is perfect for inshore fishing catering for up to 4 anglers at a time, with lots of space to spare. Our main target species are Yellowtail, Snoek and Tuna. With its portability THE JACK can launch out of any Cape harbour, so we can travel to where the fishing is best at the time. THE JACK is professionally rigged to cater for inshore light tackle fishing as well as light tackle Tuna fishing.
Boat Walkaround Tours:
Build Quality and Features:
The Magnum build quality exceeds current American and European boat building safety standards. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) surveys both our boats annually and we ensure that all the required safety equipment is always onboard.
Being able to cruise at a comfortable 20 to 25 knots means that within an hour and a half of leaving Hout Bay we are nearing the start of the pelagic zone and the best fishing. We are also strategically placed running from Hout Bay in that we can run straight out offshore and don’t have to detour 33 kilometres to 48 kilometres (one way) south to get around Cape Point before being able to head out like any boats based in False Bay (Millers Point, Simons town, Gordons Bay) which wastes important fishing time (easily 90 to 120 minutes in additional unnecessary travel time) in the day.
All our boats are equipped with the standard VHF radio for boat to land communications and in addition a Cavicom, a closed channel boat to land radio telephone for direct contact if required. And to use for private communication between our boats as to where the best fishing is happening!
Harbour Road Hout Bay, Cape Town South Africa
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