Ocean & river fishing

Ocean fishing in Namibia

Shore Fishing or Boat Fishing in Namibia promises you an unforgettable experience and lots of fun whether you are an advanced or a beginner! A professional angler will show you place to catch the biggest fish. Here all your angling skills are needed to hook a fish. You have still to win the battle with dragging it on the shore or in a boat. Your efforts will be rewarded – a shark weighing from 20 to 180 pounds – is yours!

Boat fishing (Bottom) – all year round
The duration of fishing is from 8.30 to 15.00 weather permitting. It takes place from 100 m up to 800 m off shore. Bottom fish are caught with bait such as sardine, mussels, etc, in depth of 2 m water up to 15 m very close to reefs. The most common fish to catch is kabeljou, black tail, steenbras, catfish and various species of sharks. The fish you catch are yours to keep, but sharks will be released.

Deep sea boat fishing – from October to January (Game Fishing)
The duration of fishing is from 7.30 to 15.00 weather permitting. It takes place at + -25 km off shore and approximately 100 m depths of water. The most common fish to catch is snoek, yellow tail, mackerel and blue shark. Game fish are caught with artificial lures while slow trawling. Caught fish may be kept.

Shore fishing – all year round
The duration of fishing is 8.30 to 16.00. Fishing takes place from shore and distance can differ from 8km up to 120 km along the coast. Four – wheel drive cars are used for transportation and equipment of anglers. The most common fish to catch is kabeljou, black tail, steenbras, galjoen, catfish and various species of sharks, especially copper shark that can a weight up to180 kg. The fish you catch are yours to keep, but sharks will be released.

The price includes all tackle and bait, a lunch pack, cool box with soft drinks and beer. Fishing trips may be canceled due to bad weather conditions.

Fishing can be combined with any other tours or safaris.

Various kinds of fish and favourable seasons for fishing

Fish Type Availability Peak season Size/weight Remarks

Bronze Whaler Shark

October to April January/February avg. 60-80 kg max. 180 kg Shore & Boat

Spotted Gulley Shark

All year All year round avg. 15 kg max. 35 kg Shore & Boat

CowShark

May to August May to August avg. 30 kg max. 80 kg Shore & Boat

Houndshark

October to April January/February avg. 10 kg max. 25 kg Shore & Boat

Sandshark

October to April January/February avg. 3 kg max. 5 kg Shore & Boat

BullRay

October to April January/February avg. 8-10 kg max. 25 kg Shore & Boat

BlueRay

October to April January/February avg. 8-10 kg max. 25 kg Shore & Boat

Kabeljou

All year October/February avg. 2 kg max.15-20kg Shore & Boat

Steenbras

January to April March/April avg.1.5-2 kg max. 21 kg Shore Only

Snoek

October to February November avg. 4 kg max. 7 kg Boat Only

Galjoen

All year All year avg. 1 kg max 3 kg Shore only

Barbel

All year All year avg. 400 gr max 1 kg Shore & Boat

BlackTail

All year All year avg. 1 kg max. 2.5 kg Shore & Boat


River fishing


There are more than 90 species of fish in the Okavango, Kwando (Namibia), Zambezi (Namibia, Zambia) rivers as well as the Okavango Delta (Botswana). Fishing on the river provides an excellent opportunity to catch a big Tiger fish (up to 7 kg and more), as well as predatory species of breams, which are caught on spinning tackle.

The peak season for catching bream on the Okavango is cold months of the year from May to September. Tiger fish are caught on spinning throughout the year. More active fishing may be during high water from January to April, as well as several times a year at low water levels. Trophy of the tiger fish is very popular among anglers.

Most lodges in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, offer fishing as a scheduled activity. If you are traveling to Zambia or to the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, you can book an angling trip in advance or on arrival with a lodge or camp where you are planning to stay.

Fishing can be combined with any other tours or safaris. Prices vary. Most of the lodges that organize fishing support the «Catch and Release» program.