So Much Fish: Discover Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club
One of SA’s top angling destinations: Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club (Diepsee Hengelklub)
Yellowtail for days. An awesome atmosphere. Some of the best in angling and hospitality Struisbaai has to offer. (Not to mention it’s one of the marine diverse areas in SA!) Here’s what you need to know about the facilities, fishing spots, history and how to become a member at Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club in Struisbaai.
DISCOVER SUIDPUNT DEEP SEA ANGLING CLUB
Perhaps better known as Suidpunt Diepsee Hengelklub, South Africa’s most south-westerly located club, Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club, in Struisbaai in the Overberg’s Cape Agulhas region (7 minutes from L’Agulhas and about 2 hours from Cape Town), gives you access to some of the most marine diverse stretches of ocean in the country.
Best known for its monster Agulhas Yellowtail, you can actually fish almost any species you can think of – it’s most certainly one fo the best spots to go after bigger game fish like marlin in the Cape.
With over 120 members, loads of great fishing and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling is just as popular with locals as it is with Capetonian anglers for an awesome fishing weekend getaway.
FOOD, FUNCTIONS AND FUN AT SUIDPUNT DEEP SEA ANGLING CLUB
The club boasts an awesome restaurant preparing delicious food daily, as well as a pub and the clubhouse that serves as a function venue – ask them about hiring it out for your next function.
The clubhouse is located close to the local sports club, and that means you get access to the tennis courts or you can join the local bridge team for a small extra annual fee.
What’s more, the facilities are open to the public to come and meet the members and experience the vibe. All you need is for a member to sign you in, and then you’re free to enjoy all the facilities, including the kiddies play area for the little ones.
FACILITIES FOR BOATS
The club provides access to the slipways into the small harbour, from where most of the deep sea fishing in this area takes place. And you can ask about inspections and assistance with getting all your documents sorted, too.
HISTORY OF SUIDPUNT DEEP SEA ANGLING CLUB
The club started alongside Cape Boat and Ski-Boat Club (near Simons Town) in the 1980s, when a small group of members created their own rules and structure for a club in Struisbaai. And, under the leadership of SA legend, Earl Fenwick, the club grew to one of the most beloved clubs in the area. It features regularly on SADSAA’s popular angling tournaments calendars.
FISHING COMPETITIONS IN STRUISBAAI
At the start of the year (normally in February), Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club hosts one of the only billfish competitions in the Cape. Taking place 7–14 February in 2020, discover the Two Oceans Marlin Tournament.
In March and April 2020, the club will host the annual SADSAA Bottomfish Nationals, and, a junior bottomfish interprovincial alongside Gordon’s Bay SBC in September, as well as the popular family yellowtail comp in December.
THE FISHING AT SUIDPUNT DEEP SEA ANGLING CLUB
Now, the best part about Struisbaai and the Agulhas area is the abundance of marine life. You can fish virtually every species imaginable in these waters. From bottomfish to game fish, they’re all here. It’s too many species to mention, and they’re all fishable from this one place.
Of course, the big favourite is yellowtail. Ahulgas yellowtail is legendary, as they grow to immense sizes in these fertile waters.
And you’ll also find that the club plays home to the local rock and surf fishing club, as well as some real SA fishing legends, like Mr Earl Fenwick, so there’s plenty of opportunities to swap stories and get a few tips from a wide variety of anglers.
FISHING SPOTS NEAR STRUISBAAI
One of the most popular spots in the area is the 12 Mile Bank, located about 16 nautical miles offshore from Struisbaai. It’s a reef pinnacle that’s known to deliver awesome yellowtail and skipjack.
In fact, most of the good fishing – apart from the harbour wall and shore angling at Die Plaat – is around natural reefs in the area. There’s 5 Mile Bank, a 45 Mile Bank (know as the 45s) and the extremely popular Alphard Bank, a remote and virtually unspoilt haven for bait and pelagic fish about 40 nautical miles out from Struisbaai.
You can catch anything from yellowtail to tuna, kob, stumpnose, bonito to geelbek and even marlin. It really is a marine diverse area. But note, things can get a little tricky when the swell comes in, so it’s best to check in with the guys at the club, they’ll help you find the best spots safely.
SUIDPUNT DEEP SEA ANGLING CLUB CONTACTS
SUIDPUNT DEEP SEA MEMBERSHIP FEES
R660 per year (R360 juniors), including WPDSAA affiliation – note: R100 entry fee for first-time registrations. Download membership forms here.
SUIDPUNT DEEP SEA FACILITIES
Clubhouse (available to rent as function venue), restaurant, pub, kiddies play area, slipways for boat launches and tennis courts (at an extra annual fee).
Thanks to club chair Hubert Meyer, Marinda De Kock and team!
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