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Fishing, Southern Africa.

Characteristic of the flora and fauna of the region, the number of fish species is equally diverse.  There are about 250 and 1500 species of fresh and saltwater fish in the region respectively.

Angling is one of the most popular sports in Southern Africa. Many game and nature reserves have dams, rivers or a stretch of coastline.  Special boats designed for launching through the surf (ski-boats) can be chartered for deep-sea fishing.

Tiger fishing is a highlight of fishing in northern parts of the region (Kariba, Okavango Delta, Zambezi River and as far south as Pongola in Zululand). More recently, much interest has focused on trying to catch Nile perch which, as the name suggests, ocur in the upper reaches of the Nile River. The fact that they grow so large is the reason for the interest.

Trout fishing in Southern Africa is probably the least expensive in the world.  Important trout fishing regions include:

•    The southern mountain ranges of the Western Cape
•    The foothills of the Southern Drakensberg in the Eastern Cape
•    The foothills of the Northern Drakensberg in Kwa-Zulu Natal
•    The escarpment regions of Mpumalanga and the Northern Province (including Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Machadodorp, Belfast and Tzaneen).

Fly-fishing for fish species other than trout (e.g. yellowfish) is becoming increasingly popular throughout the region.  Catch and release is widely practised by ethical fishermen.

Deep-sea fishing for marlin and other tropical species is popular from Kwa-Zulu Natal northwards.  Tuna fishing is popular off Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. 

Marine reserves have been established in both the Western Cape as well as Kwa-Zulu Natal to protect the resource.  You will need to obtain a permit to fish in most areas. Be careful to obey the rules applicable to the areas in question. They are (a) generally applied for good environmental reasons, (b) are strictly enforced in most areas, and (c) the penalties for violations are sometimes extreme.  ATTrafishing

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Last update: 2014-03-28 08:09
Author: Alan McIver
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