Discover the Hidden Ski-Boat Clubs of Border (Transkei)
East London to Kei Mouth, Gonubie and Kwelera – these are all the awesome (and sometimes very well hidden) ski-boat clubs of Border in the Eastern Cape
River mouths, big game fish and super-secret fishing spots. The Transkei is one of SA’s most rugged, outdoorsy, “wild” regions. With legends of monster crayfish and the likes of Oom Dan Bekker. So, you’re often hard-pressed to find any solid info about the local fishing scene….
This is why it’s always good to connect with the local ski-boat clubs of the Border region.
Border Deep Sea Angling Association
In SA, the Eastern Cape is divided (administratively) in the deep sea fishing world between Eastern Province and Border. With Border being the old Ciskei and Transkei areas, running from East London up along the rich stretch of coast up to the Wild Coast.
And it’s the Border Deep Sea Angling Association (BDSAA) that organises and serves the launch sites and ski-boat clubs of the Border area. A region that still produces some of SA’s most competitive anglers, both in bottom and game fish. And, if you ever want to get hold of the BDSAA, just give Mr. Tyrone Gower a ring at East London Ski-Boat Club.
Ski-Boat Clubs of the Border Region (Transkei, Eastern Cape)
East London Ski-Boat Club
Ideal for bottom species, especially big copper (red steenbras), except for this one time per year when the locals know you’ll get lekker game fish, too. Situated inside the port of East London on the east bank of Buffalo River, it boasts everything from boat sheds to an awesome slipway to give you access to the ocean and deep sea fishing in East London and Gonubie. In fact, there are even launch facilities for visiting boats – so look the club up when you’re in the area.
There are a lot of good times and good bottom and deep sea fishing to be had at East London Ski-Boat Club.
Pontoon Road, Harbour, East London | 073 155 7999 | Facebook
Gonubie Marine Club
In the idyllic Gonubie area, right on the Gqunube River, about 21km from East London. Gonubie Marine Club is famous for its awesome steak nights, annual potjie events, interclub comps, and the Gonubie SuperSpar fishing competition.
Kei Mouth Ski-Boat Club
Right on the Great Kei River, just north of Morgan’s Bay, Kei Mouth Ski-Boat Club is something of a little-known gem in another of SA’s most beautiful regions. There’s everything from awesome inshore to deep sea fishing – even game fish to be had here.
Kei Mouth, 5260 | Facebook
Cintsa Ski-Boat Club
Another hidden gem! About 38 km from East London, at the mouth of the Chintsa River, there’s awesome ocean fishing to be had. And, if you ask around at the Chintsa Village and Country Club, you can find directions to the local Cintsa Ski-Boat Club – known for awesome fishing and occasional fishing competitions (especially over Christmas time).
Steenbras Drive, Chintsa | 082 576 0227
Kwelera Ski-Boat Club
Just a bit north of Gonubie and East London lies another hidden gem in Kwelera Ski-Boat Club. Famous for producing some of Border’s top bottom fish contenders and hosting the annual Peri Wild Coast Challenge.
Kwelera River Mouth, near Botanical Gardens, East London | 072 288 5790
Christmas Vale Ski-Boat Club
Traditionally a bottom-fishing club, but lately producing some awesome game anglers too, you’ll this little gem in Christmas Vale just north of Keyser’s Beach and the Chalumna River Mouth. With interclubs and partaking in loads of local comps, plus: It’s one of the launching sites of the Peri Wild Coat Challenge.
Christmas Vale, Kidd’s Beach | 082 928 5614
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