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Fishing

The big game fishing grounds off Richards Bay are situated a mere 5-8 miles offshore and one can hook up with a marlin just 20 minutes after leaving the moorings. There are three main areas that we like to fish and choice of area will depend on the weather for the day and the area that is working best at the time.
All equipment is IGFA compliant and a catch and release policy is encouraged for billfish. Fishing for records on light tackle is welcomed and bi-catch can be kept for the pan or for the client’s consumption. There is a very experienced taxidermist available for any mounts that may be requested. Fish need not be killed, as appropriate sized moulds are all available.

BLUE MARLIN, BLACK MARLIN, STRIPED MARLIN, SAILFISH, SPEARFISH AND BROADBILL





All these species are available from November to May and are especially abundant in December through February. The Striped marlin and Sailfish and smaller blues and blacks being at their best in December, while the larger marlin are more abundant later in February/March. These fish can still be caught as late as July weather permitting. Broadbill fishing is done overnight and needs to be done separately from the daytime marlin fishing, unless otherwise arranged.

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YELLOW TUNA, WAHOO, DORADO, SKIPJACK TUNA, LITTLE EASTERN TUNA, BONITO AND A LARGE VARIETY OF SHARKS!






These species are available over the same periods as the marlin from November to May and can be caught closer inshore than the marlin, a mere few miles offshore. Light tackle can be employed when catching these species, although the Black Marlin, Striped Marlin and Sailfish can also be caught here. From March to May the bigger Yellowfin in the 50- 90 kg range are prevalent deeper out. Sharks can be caught almost anywhere on live-bait or on the drift when chunking. There are Mako’s, Threshers, Tigers, Bronze Whalers and very large Hammerheads here.?

NATAL SNOEK, KUTA (SPANISH MACKEREL), GARRICK, QUEENFISH,KINGFISH (IGNOBALIS), AMBERJACK


These species are more prevalent towards the end of summer (February to June) and can be caught via different methods ie trolling, down rigging, live-baiting, jigging, spinning and plugging. All options are available on both the vessels, although one needs to target the species required, as different areas are involved and different methods need to be employed.


BOTTOM FISHING AND ESTUARY FISHING 

There are a large variety of species available and these species can be targeted on the smaller vessel for inshore bottom fishing. Very large Dagga Salmon (Cob or Meagre)) can be caught a mile off the breakwater at night, during August to October, and can be very productive when they run. The Garrick, Queenfish, Salmon (Cob) and Grunter are plentiful in the estuary and can also be targeted from the moorings on light tackle.




FLYFISHING AND DROPSHOT


Caught on prawn fly from jetty in front of the lodge

Virtually all of the above species can be targeted on fly, but clients need to bring their own fly tackle for the tougher bigger species like tuna and billfish. We welcome fly fishermen on our charters and look forward to tackling some billfish on fly!
Lighter drop shot and fly tackle is available by arrangement. There is good drop shot, and fly-fishing for smaller species in the estuary? 


WEATHER

The weather at Richards Bay is normally hot, clear and humid over the summer period, but thunderstorms and strong south-westerly winds, do occur occasionally, and can effect fishing on the smaller boats. The prevailing north easterlies do not adversely affect fishing operations.?


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