NEW: Discover the Ski Boat Clubs of Zululand
From game fishing havens in nature reserves and estuaries to small, secret fishing spots along the northern KwaZulu-Natal coast
From legendary billfish tales at Cape Vidal to the best of game fishing from St Lucia to Richards Bay. These are all the exciting ski-boats clubs of Zululand to explore on fishing trips along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast.
Plus: A quick look at the official body that oversees them.
Although South Africa today views KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) as a single province, in the world of deep-sea angling, overseen by the South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSAA), KZN is still divided into two distinct regions: the south coast falls under the Natal Deep Sea Angling Association. While the north coast falls under Zululand Deep Sea Angling.
And since we’re looking at the north coast, the clubs featured on this page all fall under the ZDSAA:
ZULULAND DEEP SEA ANGLING ASSOCIATION (ZDSAA)
The official regional representative body for deep-sea boat fishing in northern KZN, known as Zululand. The ZDSAA 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. When you join any of the clubs in this post, you usually get automatic membership to the ZDSAA, meaning you can contact them for your skippers’ tickets and your catches are eligible to be recorded among those of the region’s angling record holders.
SKI-BOAT CLUBS OF ZULULAND
MAPELANE SKI-BOAT CLUB
Famous for its big marlin and pelagic game fish. A close-knit and conservation-minded club offering a family-friendly atmosphere. Mapelane Ski-Boat Club is located inside KwaZulu-Natal’s famous 800+ acre iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Founded in 1963, it’s an off-the-grid-style club with 58-strong member families who are as devoted to conservation as they are to game fishing. Discover Mapelane Ski-Boat Club.
iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, St Lucia, KZN | 083 446 5297 | Follow their Facebook page
MEERENSEE BOAT CLUB
Game fish and bottomfish
From tuna and dorado in the deep to an amazing list of common bottom fish species. Meerensee Boat Club is situated in very near the waterfront and yacht club in Richards Bay. And it is a multidisciplinary club, featuring everything from boat fishing (deep and bottom fishing) to light tackle, canoe and kayak and even shore angling. There’s a pool and lapa as well as big events space, and the club even helps host small functions, such as birthdays, weddings and get-togethers. Popular fishing spots are inside the harbour, Rooiwalle and Groenkop. Discover Meerensee Boat Club.
1 Commodore Close, Richards Bay | 035 788 0258 | email@example.com
ST LUCIA SKI-BOAT CLUB
Set inside a World Heritage Site, the deep sea angling at this club is all surf launch and focused on game fish and billfish. And they have awesome facilities, including one of the most popular restaurants and pubs in St Lucia. The club is known for its remarkable views, family-friendly atmosphere and excellent fishing. Popular fishing spots are the wreck of the Jolly Robino and the Cape St Lucia Lighthouse Reef. Discover more about St Lucia Ski-Boat Club.
Sugar Loaf Rd, St Lucia Estuary, KZN | 035 590 1376 | firstname.lastname@example.org
RICHARDS BAY SKI-BOAT CLUB
Game fish and bottomfish
Very close to Meerensee club and Zululand Yacht Club, Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club is unique because of it’s awesome facilities. Located centrally in Richards Bay, it even has its own caravan park and camping facilities. Not to mention all the eventing, restaurant and bar facilities, pool and boat facilities, too. And the fishing is awesome – it’s home to the Richards Bay Billfish Invitational.
1 Beach Rd, Richards Bay | 035 753 2516 | Website
UMLALAZI SKI-BOAT CLUB
A few kilometres south of Richards Bay at Mtunzini on the Umlalazi River, Umlalazi Ski-Boat Club (sometimes called Mtunzi Boat Club) is the home of the famous annual Couta Classic in May. It has loads of great facilities, including a pool. And it’s mostly surf launches from here, with a big focus on game and pelagic fish species.
1 Hulley Ave, Mtunzini | 035 340 1006 | email@example.com
ZULULAND YACHT CLUB
Not strictly a ski-boat club, Zululand Yacht Club in Richards Bay is more geared for the sailing community, although it does have some powered boat members. It boasts a clubhouse right on the famous Richards Bay marina, with one of the most popular seafood restaurants in the area and loads of great facilities, including a campground, 5 different function venues, garages and boat sheds.
1 Commodore Close, Meer En See, Richards Bay | 035 788 0256 | Website
AMATIKULU SKI-BOAT CLUB
Between Mtunizini and the Tugela River mouth, and near the Amatikulu Nature Reserve, Amatikulu Ski-Boat Club is a primarily game fish club, famous for their annual Cape to Rio competition.
Jacaranda Drive, Amatikulu | 073 141 4940 or 082 496 1884 | firstname.lastname@example.org
CAPE VIDAL SKI-BOAT CLUB
One of the three big clubs in the St Lucia region, Cape Vidal Ski-Boat Club is known as a rich hunting ground for game fish. In fact, there’s a legend around the marlin at this club. It’s said that during a billfish competition held here in 2010 or 2011, 22 boats launched on the first day and caught a total of 22 billfish or all species. That’s 1 billfish per boat, just on day one.
Lot 21 Mdoni Road, Saint Lucia Estuary | 035 590 9012
HLUHLUWE SKI-BOAT CLUB
Another beautiful surf launch club that’s mainly geared for game fish, especially billfish. Although it’s a small club, not the best-known in the Zululand region, the individual anglers from the club are all very well known in fishing circles, competing in most comps along the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
Hluhluwe, KZN | 082 882 0065 or 083 300 2735
ZINKWAZI SKI-BOAT CLUB
As good for fishing as it is for a holiday. Ths club boasts one of the most spectacular clubhouses in the country – it’s literally right on the beach. So much so that, when there’s a storm, it’s not uncommon for the whole clubhouse to flood. When it’s dry, though, it contains the Mahogany Reef, one of the most popular pubs in the region.
75 Nkwazi Dr, Zinkwazi Beach, Nkwazi | 072 478 6392 | email@example.com
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