Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Houtbay

Being one of the largest of the tuna species, the Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus Albacares) is regularly found in our Cape waters which are known to be one of the most richly populated stretches of water for Yellowfin in the world. As most anglers who have been fortunate enough to engage in a battle with a Yellowfin can tell you, this fish is one of the hardest, most formidable fighting fish with gills.

Reaching incredible sizes in our waters in excess of 100kg with an average size being caught at 40-70kg.

The Adventure Begins

"one of the hardest, most formidable fighting fish with gills"

Heading out from Hout Bay harbour we typically leave the dock at 6am, these times are variable depending on what time of year we venture out. The journey to the tuna grounds is usually between 25-35 nautical miles offshore. The amount of time that the run out will take also varies with sea and weather conditions.

There are many variables on the journey out, the day at sea and the journey in, but one thing is for sure, watching the sun rise on a clear morning over the port side peak through the mountains at Cape Point is a very sweet tasting start and an appetizer for the day to come !

Mainly we target both Yellowfin and Longfin (Albacore) tuna's either on the troll, with the top of the range selection of artificial lures that prove themselves effective over and over, or by baiting for a hook-up after teasing the fish into our scent line.

Other species of fish we catch are Dorado, Mako, Blue sharks and the occasional Marlin. All sharks that we catch are not subject to targeting and are therefore released as quickly and with as little harm as possible.





With the fish now well and truly settled in, it presents a GREAT opportunity to go target big Yellowfin Tuna , for many anglers that means putting a tick in the right box.

Often Anglers fish their whole life and can only dream of doing battle with one of the strongest fighting fish in the world’s oceans , that was certainly the case for Bradley a visitor from up country who was determined one day to tick the Yellowfin Tuna box and  “Cape Town Fishing Charters “  were expected to put him on that fish !

Running out to the deep across flat calm seas is always a pleasure , but running out to sea on a mission to catch a guy a big fish when you know darn well exactly where those fish are......, that is the best feeling in the world !

Approximately 4 hours after throwing the mooring lines Bradley was the proud owner of a 42kg Yellowfin Tuna , and needless to say the happiest angler on the ocean !

Chartering a boat, man alone is not a decision to take lightly but when it happens, and it does happen from time to time make sure you do it with          “Cape Town Fishing Charters”  because aboard Beluga you know we will do whatever it takes and go wherever we must go to catch YOU the client the fish you are looking for !



The Longfin and the Yellowfin Tuna are back in the Canyon in good numbers, Yellowfin up to 85kg's have been in the box in recent trips and the Longfin have been a respectable class of fish up to 30kg’s, great fish to catch on an Ashley Read mini half round with 15kg mono and a Saragossa 14000, I am referring to the Longfin off course !

We had the pleasure of taking another of our loyal guests out recently, a guy that needs no introduction to either the Longfin or the Yellowfin Tuna out there, needless to say with one of “ Cape Town Fishing Charters “  Tiagra 50w's loaded with 80lb tournament Ande strapped into his black magic Samson made short work of this 64kg bullet, 17 minutes to be exact ! Well done Sam, always a pleasure !


Sams YF  

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