If your searching for fishing hotspots along the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Search no further. Ballito 20 minutes North of King Shaka International airport offers an abundance of recreational fishing hideouts. We catch-up to some local fisherman who have been for years frequenting these waters to see what they had to say. Rajesh an old local says, “we are never disappointed with the catch”. “It’s always exciting to see what’s on the end of the line after a good fight”. “Smaller fish are on a catch and release basis”, he mentions. This is to ensure the furture of our fish populations don’t diminish.
Nearby to Simbithi Eco Estate popular fishing spots would be Willard Beach, Chaka’s Rock and Christmas Bay moving from South up along the Ballito coastline North.
Martins Rock is a popular cast-off area at Willard’s Beach where anglers can catch Kob (Salome), Shad, Pompano, Small Shark, Grunter among other species of fish.
Salt Rock offers some great fishing spots like Catfish rock with similar species of fish including stumpnose. This point of rocks, juts out beyond the hightide line. Salt Rock Pool is where you’ll find plenty of Dusky Sharks including Shad . Gully fish such as strepie, blacktail, karanteen and galjoen can all be found in an around the rocky pools and gullies.
Fishing of the rocks can be dangerous so take care and make sure you take the right gear.
If you’re a novice fisherman and don’t have a licence then visit the post office on the Cnr of Frip and Compensation Beach Road inside the Spar lower Ballito.
From Simbithi you have easy access to all these excellent fishing havens. Simbithi Eco Estate offers so much more but we will leave that for our next article.