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Private Charter Offshore Tuna Fishing

Simon's Town

Activity Description

This charter option is for those who want to hire the whole boat for a private group, where you don’t have to share the boat with people you may not know.

For 9 months of the year Cape Boat Charters will take you out into the deeper oceanic waters off Cape Point.

As a result of two large ocean currents – the Benguela and Agulhas currents – mixing, as well as the prevailing winds, nutrient-rich waters are found at a place known to locals as the “Canyon” – this area is found close to the continental shelf, and it is here that we target the large tuna!

Few things can be as exciting as hooking and playing a huge Yellowfin tuna – it can take anything from 20 minutes to several hours to land a single fish! By that time, you are TIRED!! But you will never forget the experience, and you will have stories for your friends around the braai/barbecue for many years to come!!


DurationOpen Ended
WhenApproximately nine months of every year. Discuss with our Captain, Alan.
WhereTown Jetty, Wharf Street, Simon's Town
WeatherBecause of our high commitment to passenger safety and enjoyment, we will only travel in fair weather conditions. Our Captain, Alan Blacklaws, will make the call as early as possible, and will advise all guests.
What to WearComfortable clothing, Closed shoes
Things to BringWarm Jacket, Sun hat, Sunscreen, Camera Fishing Licence (obtainable in advance from any Post Office)
Guests or SpectatorsEach person on board must be a paying guest, including children.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Snacks and refreshments,
8 people max,
all rods, bait and tackle,
experienced boat Captain and a Deckhand to help you.

ExclusionsExcludes all additional personal items, such as warm clothes & sunhats. Bring your own camera/ phone camera.


The four species of tuna we target are:
Big Eye

During the warmer months in the Cape, we head out approximately 10 – 40 nautical miles off Cape Point in search of the big tuna. Yellowfin Tuna can weigh anything from 10kgs to 100kgs+ and put up an extremely good fight!

Yellowfin tuna has a dark metallic blue back with yellow sides and a silver belly. Their rear and dorsal fins, otherwise known to fisherman as “Sickels” are bright yellow in color, hence the name “Yellowfin” tuna.

Longfin, also known as “Albacore” is part of the tuna family and can weigh anything from 10kgs to 30kgs! They have a dark blue back with light blue/grey sides with abnormally long pectoral fins.

Longfin are found in temperate and tropical waters across the globe and are caught frequently off the Southern Cape Coast of Africa.

Skipjack has a streamlined body with a dark purple-blue back and a silver belly with dark bands flowing horizontally towards its tail. Skipjack can grow up to 1m+ in length and can weigh up to 18kg.

Being the smaller targeted tuna species, don’t be fooled by the size, as this tuna fish will give you a strong one-on-one fight!

These tuna can be caught trolling with lures, or by using bait in the warmer blue oceanic water found in the area. It generally takes anything from 30 minutes to 4 hours to land the bigger size tuna.

It is not uncommon for us to catch other species of fish out in the deeper waters namely; include Big Eye Tuna, Dorado and Yellowtail.


Fishing licences can be obtained from any Post Office. Please make sure to bring your Fishing Licence on the day of your trip with us.

If you are prone to seasickness, please make sure you take seasick medication in advance.


Please note that if snacks are provided, these may not be Halaal, and may have traces of nuts in them. If you have any specific dietary preferences, please either notify the Tour Company in advance so they can try to accommodate your requests, or kindly make your own specific arrangements.

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