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St Lucia Fishing Shore

Yellow Belly Rock Cod
Colin Thompson September 2005

 

St Lucia Fishing Deep Sea

For the South African locals, St Lucia is traditionally famous for fishing. The estuary and marine life is very rich and diverse making St Lucia Fishing an enormously popular activity with the locals along the coastline and Estuary system.

Fishing from the shore in St Lucia is very popular. Seventy per cent of all fish caught by shore anglers are Shad. Shad can grow to be 120 cm long and a weight of 14 kg. The Shad St Lucia fishing season closes at the end of September and then re-opens at the beginning of December. The closed season is to protect the breeding stock, as most fish species start breeding and laying eggs during October. Bag limits are now four Shad per day per person and each fish has to be no smaller than 30cm in length. Other popular off shore St Lucia fishing catches include Kob, Spotted Grunter, Square Tail Kob and Pompona.

A number of charter companies are registered to offer deep sea fishing trips to clients. At the moment Ski-boats are launched at the approved St Lucia beach launching site. A number of different types of game fish can be caught during the summer months in the St Lucia waters, such as Marlin, Sailfish, Garrick, King and Queen Mackerel (Snoek), Dorado, Yellow Fin Tuna and Bonito. Bottom fish, which can be caught all year round, include Muscle Cracker, Yellow Belly Rock Cod, Geelbek and Red fish species, Soldier, Red Roman and Slinger.

When booking your deep sea fishing trip through Zulani Guest House you will have commitment from the skipper that you get to keep your catch and your fish will be cleaned upon your return to St Lucia. Zulani Guest House will also help to organize a fish barbeque for the evening. Departure for your deep sea St Lucia fishing trip is very early morning from Zulani Guest House.

Fish species such as Grunter, Kob, Bream, Rock Salmon and Mullet utilise the St Lucia estuary as a maternity ward and a nursery. A closed estuary mouth prevents these fish from gaining access to the Estuary from the sea in order to spawn and mature.

According to the Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998, "permits are required to undertake any activity with regard to the catching, collection or harvesting of all marine resources". Anyone over the age of 12 is required to be in possession of a recreational angling permit when fishing from the shore, or any estuary, unless fishing off a St Lucia registered charter fishing boat. Permits, which are valid for 365 days from the date of issue, can be obtained from the KZN Wildlife offices in St Lucia. Permits must be available for immediate inspection.

 

St Lucia Fishing Estuary

 

 

South Africa St Lucia Tours & Attractions - St Lucia Fishing

For convenience, St Lucia Fishing - Deep Sea - Tour bookings can be conveniently made at,
Zulani Guest House, with our In-house Tour Alliance Operator.

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 (0)35 590 1427
E-Mail: stlucia@zulani.co.za

 

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