Tuna Fishing in Cape Town

If you are among the anglers who like to travel all across the world in search of that giant tuna fish, then coming to Cape Town is just the right place for you. Cape Town is very well known for its vast fishing spots. You will mostly enjoy a selection of tuna fishing trips from half day to full day and even overnight fishing trips.

Tuna Fishing in Cape Town

The Tuna is one of the strongest fighters, so make sure to do your push-ups before casting a line for this feisty fish! It's fast, strong and a lot of fun to catch, but will make you work.

Before launching yourself into this exciting adventure, do consider the guide below to get an insight about the tuna fishing in Cape Town.

About Tuna Fishing in Cape Town

Talking about the South Africa's Big Game Fishing, it is a cost-effective activity and it has plenty to offer the fishing lovers. There is something to dare and entertain everyone from game fish to mountain streams. There are a couple of different techniques if you want to attract tuna to your boat. This may include fly in combination with a spray bar, trolling, vertical jigging, chumming. These fish can weigh between 50 and 120kg and are found in the deep waters so tuna fishing usually takes a full day. Hence be prepared to make you work for the best catch ever!! In this type of fishing you will have two choices, which are the:

  • Offshore Tuna Fishing
  • Inshore Tuna Fishing

Offshore Tuna Fishing

Offshore Tuna Fishing

For an Offshore Tuna Fishing you may be expected to depart early in the morning and return late in the afternoon. Generally you have to travel about 70km by boat to catch the best Tuna fish. The tuna can be seen alongside the boat providing for a very interesting fishing excursion. Most of the Tuna fish are found offshore because they are quite giant and need deep sea water in order to survive.

Inshore Tuna Fishing

If ever you are targeting the inshore species during the tuna season and wish to target the smaller, a number of times, it is possible to catch longfin and yellowfin tuna close to the coast.

Types of Tuna Fish in Cape Town

The Cape Town waters have a worldwide reputation for tuna fishing. Cape Town generally offers fishing for different types of Tuna fishes.

Below you will find more information about the different types of Tuna fishes in the Capetonian sea.


The Tuna fish is an extremely resilient fish, which is sleek and streamlined, and very well adapted for speed. Being remarkable, impressive and strongest fighter, the Tuna fish is considered as king in the ocean.

Tuna is not just one type of fish, there are many species of varying colour and size.


The Skipjack are the most delicate and tiny tuna species. But they also mature around 1 year of age. They have streamlined body mostly without scales. Their backs are dark purple-blue, while their lower sides and bellies are silver. The Skipjack usually swim near the surface at night and during the day they can usually dive up to 850 feet.


The Longfin Tuna also known as the Albacore, is metallic dark blue on the back, with silvery-white sides and belly. They also have very long pectoral fins and live for around 12 years. It can weight from 7 to 30kgs and are able to reach impressive speeds, of up to 80 kilometres per hour. It is mostly available during the month of March, April, May, October, November and December.


This type of fish is considered as the Infamous Fighter of the Cape. This fish is one of the most formidable fish with gills. They cover massive distances around the globe as it is considered to be a very big fish which can swim at a very high speed. They are found off the Southern Cape Coast in South Africa during warmer months. They can weigh from 15 to 100kgs+. They can be mostly caught during the months of March, April, May, October, November and December.


The Big Eye Tuna is regarded as the strongest fish, as it can be caught in a depth of 500 to 1000m in water. It is found mainly in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide and off the Southern Cape coast of South Africa. They swim at greater depths than Skipjack and yellowfin. As well they can weighs from 45 to 122kgs.


The Yellowtail are typically around 10 to 20 pounds and they can reach to 79 lbs too. This fish is a favorite target game fish to catch and eat for many anglers. Yellowtail are a favorite target for local skippers, as they are explosive fighters. They can be tricky also yet at times they can be quite easy. The best time to fish for Yellowtail is from January to May, and October to December.


The Snoek Tuna, also known as the Snake Mackerel, like to hang out in temperate coastal and offshore waters, and can be found in abundance off the Cape's west coast. It is a medium-sized fish that reaches a maximum length of 2 m and can weigh 9 kg. It is as well a very popular game fish and for food lovers, this fish can provide them a distinctive taste. The best time to fish for the snoek is from May to October, inclusive. The rest is from November to April where it can be quite a positive catch.

Tuna Fishing Spots in Cape Town

Blessed by Mother Nature, South Africa offer some of the most beautiful places and this includes the prime fishing spots, where they offer very good fishing. There are as well excellent fishing spots in a number of places if you are looking for Big Game Fishing or something like quiet fly-fishing trip. Cape Town also offers both saltwater and freshwater fishing options. You are free to choose your fishing spots to make your adventure more exiting.

Some of the places which offer Tuna fishing are the:

False Bay

At False Bay, you are likely to catch Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. On the False Bay side of Cape Point, both tuna have been hooked off the ledge.

Cape Peninsula

Same as False Bay, here also you will get to catch Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.


Rooikrans is located on the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park. It is considered to be the famous as well as the best fishing spots in South Africa and one of the matchless fishing spots in the World! There, you will find a variety of tuna such as: Hottentot, Kob, Galjoen, and Blacktail.

Kommetjie Bay

In Kommetjie Bay, you can catch fishes off the rocks. Besides, you can expect the Cape snoek during the winter season. If you wish to fish off boats, then you can take a charter to enjoy some of the best deep-sea fishing, where you may found the home tuna, albacore and other fishes.


Melkbosstrand is about 30km from Cape Town and is an exquisite spot for recreational fishing where you will find steenbras, kob and blacktail.


At this place, fishing trips can be arranged where you can enjoy ski-boat fishing and lagoon fishing. This is a great option for those wanting Black Marlin and the rare Broadbill which are found occasionally.

Jacobs Bay

Jacobs Bay, also known as Bluewaterbay are all along the West Coast and is well known for its sand sharks. It is an excellent option about 130-150km from Cape Town's CBD. It is safe and an ideal spot for family fishing. At the same time, it is a wonderful place for less competitive fun fishing.

Hout Bay

Hout Bay is one of the best Sport Sea Fishing Centres in the Western Cape. Hout Bay is only 25 minutes from the City and is even closer to other attractions of Cape Town, such as the Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Constantia Winelands. Hence if you are out for fishing, you can have a nicer day visiting other places as well.

Best time for Tuna fishing in Cape Town

If you are looking for the best time to fish in Cape Town, it is from October to December, when the temperatures are rather warm and most fish can be caught. While the finest Tuna season is during April, May and October to mid-January.

Tuna Fishing Equipment and Gear:

Tuna Fishing provided on the boats:

  • Spear
  • Bait
  • Fishing kite
  • Fishing line
  • Fishing gears
  • Heavy reel
  • Fishing gaff
  • Big hook
  • Chum slick
  • Release clip
  • Spools & Rods

Accessories and other things you may bring during fishing:

  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hand towel
  • Camera: to capture the nice memories with your best catch
  • Sea sickness medication: If you don't have any experience or haven't been out before, then you make take precaution
  • Water and snacks: You may bring your own.

What you may wear during fishing:

It's usually 10-20 degrees cooler than it is inland compared to the Ocean. Hence, there can be a drastic change in the weather conditions. It is thus recommended to take full precaution. If it's hot, short and a shirt are fine. On the other side, cooler weather can demand for long pant and light jacket. In case you have deck or rain boots, you may wear them as well as non-slip shoes. It is a good idea to bring a change of clothes for your little ones. Because kids may feel irritated if they get wet.