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Discover These 30 Awesome Ski Boat Clubs in Natal

From spectacular game and bottom fishing to awesome restaurants, boating facilities and some of the biggest angling tournaments on the continent – 30+ ski-boat clubs of Natal

Awesome marlin, dorado and wahoo. Clubhouses built right on the beach. And places with some of the best-supported angling get-togethers in the world. Better get ready for some awesome surf launches, because we’re heading out to discover 30+ awesome ski boat clubs in Natal.

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But before we do, we have to tip the hat to the provincial body that oversees this region of SA:

NATAL DEEP SEA ANGLING ASSOCIATION

Now, we might officially consider KwaZulu-Natal as a single province, but in the angling fraternity, we still distinguish broadly between southern KZN – referred to here as Natal – and the northern parts of the province, which fall under Zululand Deep Sea. See the recent clubs collective we created under ski-boat clubs of Zululand.

In Natal, though, the Natal Deep Sea Angling Association (NDSAA), located in Durban, is the official regional representative body for deep-sea boat fishing. The NDSAA organises all provincial- and regional-level competitions along with the SADSAA, and they’ll usually assist local clubs in hosting big national and provincial events and projects. It helps set and enforce regulations, such as safety and marine protection, but will also step up and be a voice for anglers when need be – like with Covid-19 when we recently had to push for government to allow fishing in lockdown.

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SKI-BOAT CLUBS OF NATAL

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SHELLY BEACH SKI-BOAT CLUB

Game fish and bottomfish
Spectacular tuna, dorado and wahoo fishing. Awesome restaurant menu, facilities and swimming pool. There’s awesome competitive and leisure fishing along the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. And one of the region’s most famous is this Margate club – not only for the annual Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Festival. Discover the great vibe, services, pool, bar and facilities, plus a few good fishing spots the locals know at Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club.

Albert Meyer Dr, Shelly Beach, Margate | 076 758 2381 | shellyp@venturenet.co.za | Website

 

DURBAN SKI-BOAT CLUB

Game fish and bottomfish
One of the country’s most famous clubs! If not only for annually hosting one of the biggest angling competitions in the world: the Durban Ski-Boat Festival. With a popular restaurant and club facilities, tractor-assisted surf launch and a private boat wash bay, it’s great for both recreational and competitive angling. And, of course, they’re located right on Durban’s harbour development district, for easy beach and launch access.

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WARNADOONE SKI-BOAT CLUB

Bottomfish, some game fish
Serving another of SA’s most popular holiday areas on the Natal South Coast, including Amanzimtoti and Kingsburgh, Warnadoone is best-known around the country for their annual Warnadoone Interzonals. Often producing some of the nicest musselcracker you’ve seen, the club’s a bottom fish haven, though, being on the Natal coast, there’s plenty of game fish too! Discover Warnadoone Ski-Boat Club.

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BALLITO SKI-BOAT CLUB

Game fish, some bottomfish
Another beautiful clubhouse situated right on the beach. Even social members love to just gather and watch the boats come in – it’s a surf launch. And the club welcomes kayak and jet ski owners too. While most target game fish, there’s some decent bottom fishing to be had here to the North of Durban at Ballito Ski-Boat Club.

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NATAL DEEP SEA ROD AND REEL

Game fish, some bottomfish
Rich in history, this once traditional yacht club right on Durban’s marina is now a hub for almost every type of recreational and competitive angler. With yacht moorings right in front of the clubhouse, beautiful facilities and a view to die for, it’s no wonder that it’s also a very popular wedding venue with the general public in Durban. Discover Natal Rod and Reel.

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MARLIN SKI-BOAT CLUB

Game fish
Ah, now we get to the Wild Coast region! Perhaps most famous for its annual big game fish challenges, Marlin Ski-Boat Club in port Edward has an awesome clubhouse and restaurant/pub. But the club also oversees an important surf launch site – most notably they also need to ensure that nearby marine protected areas stay guarded. That said, though, the club will help even non-members launch from their site for a small fee. And it’s pretty famous for its pioneering work in promoting catch and release in South Africa. Discover Marlin Ski-Boat Club.

North Sand Bluff, Port Edward | 039 311 2811 | marlinskiboatclub@telkomsa.net | Website 

 

BLUFF YACHT CLUB

Game fish, some bottomfish
Unpretentious, fun and a place you want to come back to. Situated on the water at Durban’s Bluff area, Bluff Yacht Club has a reputation for offering a great atmosphere, bar, pool and good food, while still being accessible and enjoyable for anyone at any age. With a diverse community of members, from sailing to powered boats, this club has a big focus on the social aspects of club membership. Discover Bluff Yacht Club.

7 Seafarer Rd, Bayhead, Durban | 031 466 1386 | bluffyachtclub@xsinet.co.za 

 

PENNINGTON SKI-BOAT CLUB

Mostly game fish
Also right on the beach, and no stranger to hosting the best in Natal provincial and national-level anglers. The club has a large member base, but it’s also a beloved lunch or dinner spot for locals and tourists – the restaurant’s quite famous in these parts! Discover the awesome vibe at Pennington Ski-Boat Club.

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BOBBIES ANGLING CLUB

Bottom fish, some game fish
Right in the heart of the Durban bay area, Bobbies was historically a police-service club (hence the name Bobbies), but today has a broad base of members who practice a range of angling disciplines too. The clubhouse is open 4 days a week, with drinks, good food and special events almost weekly. Though most members just come here to use the braai facilities too. Discover Bobbies Angling Club.

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HIBBERDENE SKI-BOAT CLUB

Mainly game fish
Probably best-known for the big annual Couta Classic – one of the biggest events of its kind in Africa. Located on the Mzimayi River, between park Rynie and Margate, the club has a pretty sought-after surf launch site where, though anyone can ask to launch for a fee, it’s best to get in contact with the club as members get preference. Discover Hibberdene Ski-Boat Club.

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UMKOMAAS SKI-BOAT CLUB

Game fish and bottomfish
A small but very dedicated club. Known for its famous “chocolate” water at the surf launch site, where the popular whitewater-rafting Umkhomazi River mouths into the ocean. The club mainly serves its dedicated member community, who are very environmentally conscious due to the area’s history with industrial pollution, but they feature nationally once a year with their annual interzonal challenge. Discover Umkomaas Ski-Boat Club.

Umkomaas Fishing Competition, Umkomaas interclub 2019, by Nauti-Tech SuzukiUmkomanzi Drift, Umkomaas | 0630087891

 

UMHLANGA ROCKS SKI-BOAT CLUB

Mainly game fish
Famous for the annual Umhlanga Boat Festival, the club is well-loved and supported by member and the community. With an awesome restaurant and pub, as well as a dedicated surf launch site.

75 Twilight Drive, Umhlanga Rocks | 083 793 8094 | infoursbc@gmail.com | Website 

 

MIDLANDS SKI-BOAT CLUB

Mostly game fish
Awesome beach surf launch as well as Midmar dam excursions – and the club caters for scuba diving too. This is where you go for boating in the Pietermaritzburg area. Discover Midlands Ski-Boat Club.

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ISIPINGO BEACH SKI-BOAT CLUB

Game fish and bottomfish
Just south of Durban, near the Sapref Sports Centre, Isipingo Beach Ski-Boat Club boasts a really awesome and newly renovated clubhouse right on the beach. With tractor-assisted surf launches and a friendly attitude towards all new members – boat owner or not, you’re always welcome. And a reputation for delivering some lekker marlin. Discover Isipingo Beach Ski-Boat Club.

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WESTBROOK SKI-BOAT CLUB (TONGAAT)

Game fish, some bottomfish
Another incredibly beautiful clubhouse right on the beach. Westbrook Ski-Boat Club is in Westbrook near Tongaat (north of Umhlanga), with a core group of members that meet regularly and organise awesome events in the community too. 

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LIST OF SMALLER SKI-BOAT CLUBS IN NATAL

Now, there are a great many ski-boat clubs in Natal – we’re pretty sure we’re going to keep adding to this list for some time still to come. And we haven’t been able to visit them all ourselves (although that’s a pretty awesome bucket list idea!). And not all of them have websites or Facebook pages. But they do exist and they have very passionate core memberships, so we’re going to list the names, locations and a contact number here, in case you’re in the area and want to connect with  the local club:

Injambili Ski-Boat Club

Active at Pumula Beach, between Hibberdene and Port Shepstone – contact Mike Fraser: 082 460 3424

Blythedale Beach Ski-Boat Club

Active at Blythedale Beach, near KwaDukuza and Stanger between Shaka’s Rock and the Tugela River Mouth – contact Cornel and Annelize Van Zyl: 086 614 7959

Glenmore Angling Club

Active at Glenmore Beach in Munster, south of Margate and just before Port Edward – contact Olivier Broome: 079 893 6571

Greytown Angling Club

Active near Greytown, almost directly north of Pietermaritzburg – contact Dean Brown: 082 820 2992

Hibiscus Ski-Boat Club

Active at Ramsgate, right near Margate, this deep-sea angling club also offers bass fishing excursions – contact Theo Peyios: 086 543 3288

Mtwalume Ski-Boat Club

Activate at Mtwalume, right near Ifafa beach between Pennington and Hibberdene – contact Bruce de Ghaye: 082 555 0907

Nambiti (Spioenkop) Boat Club

Active in the Nambiti and Spioenkop regions (game reserves) near Ladysmith, south of Dundee – contact Cobus Botha: 082 459 8226

Neptunes Boating & Angling Club

Active at the Durban harbour – no 5 Seafarer Rd, Bayhead, Durban. Contact 031 465 5208 or email neptuenanglingclub@yahoo.co.za 

Park Rynie Ski-boat Club

Active at Park Rynie, near Scottburgh – contact Kevin Fourie: 083 391 9802

Newcastle Ski-boat Club

Active at Newcastle, north of Ladysmith – contact Mike Swart; 082 889 2263

Vryheid (Northern Natal) Ski-boat Club

Active at Utrecht St in Vryheid near the city of Newcastle – contact Martin Slabbert: 083 651 6818

Pompano Angling Club

Also still active the Durban harbour – bayhead, Durban – contact Andy West: 082 568 7330 

Protea Billfish Club

Active at Umtentweni, Port Shepstone – contact Don Smith: 039 695 2036

Sezela Ski-boat Club

Active in Sezela, just south of Pennington – contact Reinhart Kerkhof: 083 655 4776

Umdloti Beach Ski-boat Club

Active at Umdloti Beach, just north of Umhlanga – contact Roelf van Rooyen: 031 568 1033

Umhlali Ski-boat Club

Active near Umhlali, on the Dolphin Coast, Close to Shaka’s Rock – contact Trevor Spence: 079 506 6131

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We’re constantly updating this page and adding info as we get it. So, if you want to add something or if we’ve missed your club and you want it listed here, send us an email at hello@nautitechsuzuki.com.


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