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Beach Fishing Namibia

Namibia is famous throughout the world for it’s stunning shore fishing.  These fish rich waters are fed by the cold Benguella Current which brings plankton rich water and is home to large numbers of fish, sharks and marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and huge colony’s of cape fur seals.

We have large shoals of kabeljou roaming the beaches most of the year as well as some of the smaller shark species.  The larger bronze whaler sharks (also known as a copper or narrow-tooth shark) move inshore in the warmer summer months in large numbers.

The shark fishing truly is something special and every angler across the world should try pit themselves against these sharks at some point.  It is truly the ultimate shore fight.

Our shore fishing trips are run from Henties Bay.  We can run trips directly from Swakopmund also although we find the better fishing to be north of Henties Bay.

Shore Fishing – Shark Fishing

The Bronze Whaler (also known as a Copper or Narrow-Toothed) Shark is possibly the strongest fish you could ever encounter from the beach.
These very powerful pelagic sharks feed close to shore on smaller sharks, fish and cephalopods.  They are sleek and muscular with razor-sharp teeth designed to cut fish in half.  Namibia is the best place in the world to target Bronze Whaler Sharks.

Our shores are host to big numbers of Bronze Whaler Sharks.  Their size ranges generally from below 30kg (66lbs) to well over 180kg (396lbs) with our current “Sea Ace” record standing at a whopping 189.5kgs (417.8lbs).  The average size depends on the time of year but is generally between 60 and 120kgs.

All Bronze Whaler Sharks are photographed, measured, tagged and then released.

Bronze Whaler Sharks test angler and tackle to the extreme.  All our tackle is chosen to be able to handle the biggest of the Bronze Whaler Sharks.  Our rods are picked to be able to cast big baits from the shore yet still subdue the sharks.  Reels, loaded with the very best braid and line on the market, have superb drag systems and the longevity to last throughout the fight. Our end tackle is tied personally by us with top quality components.  Fights have lasted well over five hours and our tackle is designed to cope with this.

The best time of year for catching Bronze Whaler Sharks is between October and April with the period from mid-December to end March being best for bigger numbers of sharks being caught.  The larger Bronze Whaler Sharks are generally found towards the end of March and on into June.
Bronze Whaler Sharks can be caught at other times but are more difficult.

Weather and sea conditions play a large part in targeting the Bronze Whaler Shark so remember to book a sufficient period of time.  We recommend an absolute minimum of six full days fishing for sharks with ten days being better.

Shore Fishing – Edible Fishing

Edible fishing is defined as targeting those species of fish, in Namibia, that are good for eating.  Namibian waters contain huge shoals of fish in the cold, plankton rich waters.  Whilst the species list is fairly limited, the shear quantity of fish available more than makes up for this.  Although these fish are all very tasty, care should be taken to return unwanted fish so they can continue to replenish the stocks.  All edible fish in Namibia are subject to size and bag limits.


The kabeljou (or cob for short) is the main target to catch from the shore.  Its size ranges from around a 1kg to over 27kgs.  It mainly feeds on other fish.
Large shoals roam up and down the beaches of Namibia and can provide tremendous sport on the right tackle.Fished for generally with baits, we do also target them with drop-shot or other artificial lures.  We have even taken them from the shore on the fly.

Kabeljou are available throughout the year but they feed heavily in October and early November, ready to go off for breeding, making these two months the best.  They usually return somewhere between February and March and again, big numbers of big fish are possible.

West Coast Steenbras

The West Coast Steenbras is a hard fighting bream shaped fish that feeds on the crustaceans and small fish around sandbars and rocks.  The Steenbras gives an excellent account of itself on the right tackle and fights all the way into the shore.  The eating value of the smaller fish is tremendous but the larger ones should all be returned safely to the water.  They are found pretty much year round but the warmer waters of the late summer months seem best.


The Galjoen is a smaller fish rarely exceeding 3kgs in Namibia.  It is a very good fighter but tackle needs to be light and sporting to get the most from the Galjoen.  They feed around rocks and mussel beds, mainly on mussels and other small crustaceans.  These fish are highly prized for their incredible eating value.
These fish prefer moving water and can be targeted, year round, in all but the very roughest of seas.


The smallest of the edible fish, the Blacktail (also Dassie, Koelstert) also gives a good account of itself on light tackle.  Feeding on crustaceans and tiny fish the Blacktail can be voracious in its feeding habits.  Unfortunately it is quite a difficult fish to target directly although when shoals are found, they can be quite vast.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1:

Heathrow  -> Jo’Burg ( 18:05 / 07:40 )

Day 2:

Jo’Burg -> Walvis Bay ( 11:55 / 14:10 )

You will be met at the airport and driven to the accommodation in Henties Bay. All-inclusive accommodation (meals, drinks, guided fishing, transfers to and from the fishing every day, tackle, bait – boat fishing if the weather isn’t good for beach fishing) PM Fishing if time permits

Days 3 – 10:

Full day guided beach fishingOvernight B&B

Day 11:

Morning fishing session followed by road transfer to Walvis Bay airport

Walvis Bay -> Jo’Burg ( 14:45 / 16:55 )

Jo’Burg -> Heathrow ( 20:45 / 06:25 )

Day 12:

Arrive Heathrow 06:25

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