6 Night Mazeppa Bay Package
Duration: 6 Nights - 5 Days of fishing
Skill Level: Intermediate
Species to expect:
Grey Sharks (30-400kg), Bronze Whalers (10-250kg), Ragged Tooth Sharks (50-300kg), possibilities of Tiger Sharks, greater Hammerhead and Mako Sharks. Plenty Stingrays, Duckbill, Thorntail ray, Spearnose ray, Eagle ray and Black ray.
Edible species include Garrick, Kob, Shad and an array of smaller rock species such as Musselcracker, Galjoen Blacktail amongst others.
This fishing package is suitable for the adventure seeker and serious environmentalist seeking the unspoilt beauty of the Transkei Wild Coast. Fishing here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which will yield between 3 – 5 days of fishing the big stuff.
Mazeppa Bay is best known for its abundance in size and yield of predatory fish around May to August. Catches of over 200kgs are the norm and competitive fisherman find themselves pushing the limits for a catch of 280kg to 350kg. It is for this reason that we recommend an intermediate skill level for fishing in Mazeppa Bay.
Great catches of Garrick and sometimes Kob are also made from the shark points using a light spinning outfit.
Accommodation, 3 meals, all the tackle and bait needed.
The Ragge-tooth shark AKA the Raggie. They are endemic to South Africa and are plentiful, particularly in the Jeffreys Bay region where the big females come to pup! They have a mouth scattered with mighty monstrous teeth, making for an awesome take-home photograph that should be on every bucket list when travelling to South Africa. The fight for one of these sharks may not be as tedious as that of the fight for a bronzie, however, the excitement remains on par as one the sharks use their large bodies and weight of between 80-250kg to their full advantage.
Mussel cracker; a name that so exquisitely personifies this species goat like teeth that are biologically tailored to crush any crustacean in its way. A sight that is most fascinating to the human eye.
Do not be deceived by the bulky shorty bodies of these fish which easily tip the scale at 12-14kg, with an average size of 7 to 9kg. These fish inhabit deep rock-strewn terrain, where they feed on a diet of crabs, mussels, red bait, abalone (perlemoen) and any other crustacean.
Naturally, this terrain makes the fight for one of these beauties a tough and complicated one, however, this incentivizes the catch even more as the reward once landed, leaves you with a blood-pumping adrenaline no fear factor like activity could produce. The landing of a mussel cracker is, in layman’s terms, ‘simply awesome’.
One of South Africa’s biggest appeals for fishing is that its ocean is as likely as not the only one where the dusky kob of over 100lbs can still be caught. Beautiful large silver slabs illustrate this fish whose appearance is so astonishing it is sure to amaze both hunters and ambuciousers alike.
They move into the rich rivers of South Africa each year, with the period between July and October attracting the feisty females inshore amongst the beautiful South African beaches where they patrol in and out of the rivers. These females are not immune to the natural protective instinct and are ferocious in their endeavor, eating almost any other fish that swims in their way.
We utilise lures and live bait to make these epic catches. Kob are a family favourite dish for many South Africans who braai these tasty fish, however, this has made the species victim much onslaught without acknowledgment that this species is dying out in numbers. We hope to encourage a mindset shift to protect rather than consume these fish which is why we attempt catch and release practices wherever possible with great success using targeting to catch sizeable kob between 4 and 15 kg.
These fish are natural born hunters who often hunt in big schools, evidencing that both blood-thirstiness and community can co-exist. These robust and swift fish are caught using light gear, making the human muscle-power of the catch that much more riveting ! These Fish find themselves off deep rocky points, dwelling in the surf zones and rich South Africa Estuaries. Our methodology of surface lures with a slow pitch and live bait has proven to ensure a successful catch.
Mazeppa Bay is a holiday resort town situated on the Wild Coast, 175 km north east of East London. Mazeppa Bay is renowned as one of the very best fishing spots in the country and is visited by anglers annually from all corners of the globe.
The beautiful seaside village was named after the schooner Mazeppa which transported the surviving Voortrekkers of Louis Trichardt's party from Delagoa Bay to Port Natal in 1839.
The schooner Mazeppa, was named after the Ukranian patriot Ivan Mazeppa (1639-1709).
After the publication of Byron’s poem Mazeppa in May 1819 it became common to name boats Mazeppa as a symbol of speed.
Peak season: May to Sept
May to September offers the very best conditions in Mazeppa Bay to maximise the ability of a big catch.
Sunscreen and Cap
If you're taking a rock & surf package please bring along appropriate shoes for rocks
An amazing attitude!