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Recreational Angling

Species specific regulations applicable to recreational fishers

  1. The taxa, i.e. genus (denoted “spp.”), family or class mentioned in Table 2 refer to all species in the genus, family or class, as the case may be.
  2. The size of the fish shall be measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme end of the tail.
  3. All fish that are landed, except sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras (Class Chondrichthyes), must have head and tail intact such that it can be established whether the fish conforms to the minimum size and / or mass, provided that it may be gutted.
  4. Any fish caught in contravention of the provisions of the Act or the permit conditions must immediately be returned to the sea with as little injury as possible.
  5. No fish may be sold or offered for sale by the holder of a recreational fishing permit.
  6. Special note should be taken of the size, bag & area limitations with regards to kob (Argyrosomus spp.)
  7. Species not mentioned in either of these lists have a bag limit of ten provided that sharks, rays, skates or chimaeras (Class Chondrichthyes) have a bag limit of one and rockcods (Family Serranidae) have a bag limit of five (5).
  8. There is an overall cumulative daily bag limit of ten (10), irrespective of the species caught and provided that this limit does not apply to those species listed here with no bag limit, and to those with a bag limit exceeding (ten)10.
  9. There is a closed season for elf / shad (Pomatomus saltatrix) from 1 October to 30 November in any year.
  1. There is a closed season for galjoen (Dichistius capensis) from 15 October to the last day of February in the following year.
  2. There is a closed season for red steenbras (Petrus rupestris) from 1 October to 30 November in any year.
  3. The closed season for Chokka squid (Loligo vulgaris reynaudii): from 12h00 noon on 19 October to 12h00 noon on 30 November in any year.

Table 2: No person (or recreational fisher) may on any one day land or be in possession of more than the species-specific bag limits as indicated in this species list”. Except that a maximum accumulative bag limit of (ten) 10 shall apply (See point 8 above)

SPECIES LIST 
COMMON NAME     SCIENTIFIC NAME MINIMUM SIZE/ MASS BAG LIMITS
Anchovies Family Engraulidae none none
Baardman (bellman, tasselfish) Umbrina spp. 40 cm 5
Banded galjoen Dichistius multifasciatus none 5
Bank streenbras Chirodactylus grandis none 5
Billfishes (marlin, sailfish) Family Istiophoridae none 5
Blacktail (dassie) Diplodus sargus capensis 20 cm 5
Blue hottentot Pachymetopon aeneum none 5
Bronze bream (bluefish) Pachymetopon grande 30 cm 2
Cape knifejaw Oplegnathus conwayi none 5
Cape stumpnose Rhabdosargus holubi 20 cm 5
Carpenter (silverfish) Argyrozona argyrozona 35 cm 4
Catface rockcod Epinephelus andersoni 50 cm 5
Chub mackerel Scomber japonicus none none
Cutlassfish (walla walla) Trichiurus lepturus none none
Dageraad Chrysoblephus cristiceps 40 cm 1
Dane Porcostoma dentata none 5
Elf (shad) Pomatomus saltatrix 30 cm 4
Englishman Chrysoblephus anglicus 40 cm 1
Fransmadam (Karel groot oog) Boopsoidea inornata none 10
Galjoen Dichistius capensis 35 cm 2
Garfishes Family Belonidae none none
Garrick (leervis) Lichia amia 70 cm 2
Geelbek (Cape salmon) Atractoscion aequidens 60 cm 2
Glassies Family Ambassidae none none
Hake (stockfish) Merluccius spp. none 5
Halfbeaks Family Hemiramphidae none none
Horse mackerel / maasbanker Trachurus trachurus capensis none none
Hottentot Pachymetopon blochii 22 cm 10
John Brown Gymnocrotaphus curvidens none 5
Kingfishes Caranx spp. and Carangoides spp. none 5
Kingklip Genypterus capensis none 1
King mackerel Scomberomorus commerson none 10
Kob caught from a boat at sea [Cape Agulhas to Umtamvuna River] APPLICABLE TO ST SEBASTIAN BAY Argyrosomus spp. 50 cm 5 but may only land or be in possession of 1 kob > 110 cm per day
Kob caught from a boat at sea [The Province of KwaZulu-Natal] Argyrosomus spp. 40 cm 5 but may only land or be in possession of 1 kob > 110 cm per day
Kob caught in estuaries & from the shore [East of Cape Agulhas only] APPLICABLE TO BREEDE ESTUARY Argyrosomus spp. 60 cm 1
Kob [West of Cape Agulhas only] Argyrosomus spp. 50 cm 5
Large-spot pompano (wave garrick) Trachinotus botla none 5
Leopard cat shark Poroderma pantherinum none 1
Mullets / harders Family Mugilidae none 50
Natal knifejaw (cuckoo bass) Oplegnathus robinsoni none 5
Natal stumpnose (yellowfin bream) Rhabdosargus sarba 25 cm 5
Pinky (piggy) Pomadasys olivaceum 7.5 cm 10
Poenskop (black steenbras or musselcracker) Cymatoceps nasutus 50 cm 1
Queen mackerel Scomberomorus plurilineatus none 10
Ragged tooth shark Carcharias taurus none 1
Red steenbras Petrus rupestris 60 cm 1
Red stumpnose (Miss Lucy) Chrysoblephus gibbiceps 30 cm 1
River bream (perch) Acanthopagrus perda spp. 25 cm 5
River snapper (rock salmon) Lutjanus argentimaculatus 40 cm 5
Roman Chrysoblephus laticeps 30 cm 2
Santer (soldier) Cheimerius nufar 30 cm 5
Sardines (pilchard & red-eye) Family Clupeidae none none
Sauries Family Scomberesocidae none none
Scads Decapterus spp. none none
Scotsman Polysteganus praeorbitalis 40 cm 1
Slinger Chrysoblephus puniceus 25 cm 5
Snoek (Cape snoek) Thyrsites atun 60 cm 10
Southern pompano Trachinotus africanus none 5
Spotted grunter (tiger) Pomadasys commersonnii 40 cm 5
Spotted gulley shark Triakis megalopterus none 1
Springer (ten pounder) Elops machnata none 5
Steentjie Spondyliosoma emarginatum none 10
Stonebream Neoscorpis lithophilus none 5
Strepie (karanteen) Sarpa salpa 15 cm 10
Striped cat shark Poroderma africanum none 1
Swordfish (broadbill) Xiphias gladius 25 kg 5
Squid (Chokka) Loligo vulgarus reynaudii none 20
Tunas (tunny) Thunnus spp. none 10
Albacore / longfin tuna Thunnus alalunga none 10
Bigeye tuna Thunnus obesus 3.2 kg 10
Bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii 6.4 kg 10
Yellowfin tuna Thunnus albacares 3.2 kg 10
West coast steenbras Lithognathus aureti 60 cm 1
White edged (Captain Fine) rockcod Epinephelus albomarginatus 40 cm 5
White musselcracker (brusher, cracker) Sparodon durbanensis 60 cm 2
White steenbras (pignose grunter) Lithognathus lithognathus 60 cm 1
White stumpnose Rhabdosargus globicebs 25 cm 10
Wolfherring Chirocentrus dorab none none
Yellowbelly rockcod Epinephelus marginatus 60 cm 1
Yellowtail Seriola lalandi none 10
Zebra (wildeperd) Diplodus cervinus hottentotus 30 cm 5

 

Shellfish and Bait Organisms

Table 5: No person shall engage in fishing and collecting shellfish (Classes: Gastropoda-sea snails, Bivalvia-mussels, clams and scallops, Polyplacophora-chitons and Scaphopoda-tusk shells) between sunset on one day and sunrise on the following day

SPECIES COMMON NAME MAXIMUM PER DAY MINIMUM SIZE COLLECTION METHOD
Turbo sarmaticus Alikreukel 5 63.5 mm Only by hand
All species of the class Polyplacophora Chiton / armadillo 6 Only by hand
All species of the genus Arenicola Bloodworm 5 Only by hand, suction pump and/or wire
All species of the genus Mactra Clam 8 Only by hand
All species of the sections Brachyura & Anomura excluding Scylla serrata, Hippa adactyla & Emerita austroafricana Crabs & hermit crabs excluding mud crabs and mole crabs 15 Only by hand, rod and/or line
All species of the genus Sepia Cuttlefish 2 By hand or line
All species of the family Patellidae Limpets 15 Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 12 mm in width
Hippa adactyla & Emerita austroafricana Mole crab 30 By hand or triangular trap
Scylla serrata Mud crab 6 140 mm measured across the broadest part of the carapace (back) Only by hand, rod and/or line. No crab in berry may be kept
All species of the subfamily Octopodinae Octopus 2 Only by hand, rod and/or line, gaff
All species of the genera Littorina, Oxystele & Turbo excluding Turbo sarmaticus Periwinkle / topshell/ turbanshell excluding alikreukel 50 Only by hand
All marine species of the phyla Platyhelminthes, Nemertea, Sipunculida and Annelida, but excluding the genera Arenicola, Nereis, Pseudonereis and Gunnarea Any seaworm, including polychaete, wonder shingle, moonshine, coral, pot, pudding, rock, tape & flatworms but excluding bloodworms, mussel worms and Cape reef-worms 10 Only by hand or suction pump
All species of the genus Solen Razor clam, pencil bait 20 Only by hand, suction pump and/or wire
All species of the genus Pyura Red bait 2 kg without the test (shell) Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 12 mm in width
All species of the genera Aulacomya, Mytilus, Choromytilus and Perna Rock, black, brown & ribbed mussels 30 Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 12 mm in width
All species of the genus Upogebia Mud prawn 50 Only by hand, suction pump or inverted tin
All species of the genus Callianassa Sand prawn 50 Only by hand or suction pump
All species of the family Penaeidae Swimming prawns 50 Only by hand or hand-held scoop net or trap not measuring more than 50 cm X 50 cm
All species of the genus Pecten Scallop 10 Only by hand
All species of the class Holothuroidea Sea cucumbers 20 Only by hand
All species of the class Echinoidea excluding the genus Echinodiscus Sea urchins excluding live pansy shells 20 Only by hand
Donax serra White mussel / wedge shell 50 35 mm Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 12 mm in width
All species of the genera Pinctada, Striostrea, Ostrea & Saccostrea Oysters 25 Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 40 mm and not less than 1 m in length
All species of the genera Loligo & Thysanoteuthis Squid, chokka 20 Only by rod and/or line