It is a form of angling that does not allow anglers to sell their catch, and is inclusive of competitive and guided angling. Most recreational anglers would spend hours at the shore, with food, refreshments and bait as they await their luck during their holidays in Namibia.
Visitors would usually flock to the central Namib coast, Torra Bay and Terrace Bay as November to March are the best times for angling, even though all species can be caught throughout the year. However, it is in the summer months that species tend to produce better results due to warmer water conditions. While during the winter months galjoen is better produced. Usually anglers are in search for the big catch, as most sought after angling species are kabeljou (kob), galjoen, blacktail (dassies) and West Cost steenbras, with the sea barbell considered a delicious delicacy when smoked.
Angling areas along the Namib coast:
- Amid Paaltjies and Sandwich Harbour
- Amid Walvis Bay and Swakopmund
- Dorob National Park
- Ugab River
- Mile 8
- Mile 14 Beach Resort
- Dies Drom just north of Wlotzkas-baken
- Bennie se Rooi Lorrie
- Henties Bay
- Sarah se Gat
- Mile 72
- Mile 108
- Skeleton Coast Park
- Torra Bay
- Terrence Bay
Below are the Marine angling regulations
- Recreational fishing is only allowed in namely: Terrace Bay and Torra Bay; from the Ugab River to Walvis Bay (excluding the Cape Cross area); Pelican Point to Sandwich Harbour; from the northern limits of Lüderitz Bay to Grosse Bucht; and from Pomona Island to the Orange River.
- The anglers should be in possession of a fishing permit, and it is obtainable from the offices of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Lüderitz or the Henties Bay Hanganeni Fishing Centre.
- Anglers per vehicle in possession of a permit are allowed to transport three times the daily bag limit, but not more than 10 of each of the following species: Kob, steenbras, galjoen and blacktail. All of the mentioned species should be in a whole state, head and tail included in order for size to be determined accordingly.
- Daily limits are namely: 30 barbel, 20 snoek and one shark.
- Daily bag limit is 10 that comprises either one or more of the species namely: blacktail (dassie), galjoen, kabeljou (kob) and West Coast steenbras. Minimum sizes are: blacktail (dassie) 25cm, galjoen 30cm, kabeljou (kob) 40cm, and West Coast steenbras 40cm.
- Anglers should not harvest more than two kob longer than 70cm each and two West Coast steenbras surpassing 65cm each in one day and both measurements include the head and tail.
- Worms may not be used as bait, and red bait should not be cut or in any other way dislodged from the substrate. Only red bait that has been washed up on the beach can be collected.
- The open season for rock lobster is from 1 November to 30 April. The minimum carapace length is 65mm. The daily bag limit is seven rock lobsters, and a maximum of seven in a whole state may be transported at a time.
Click Henties Bay Tourism for more details.