Shore fishing along the Namibian coast is extremely popular not only by locals but South Africans too. Steenbras, Galjoen and the Kabeljou are among the most favorable eatable shore fishes along our cold and misty coast, which can easily be caught with rod and reel.
The West Coast Steenbras can mainly be found inshore over sandy grounds and usually gives a good fight when catching from shore. Here they mainly feed on mussels, worms, crabs, prawns or even shrimps.
My absolute favorite eatable shore fish from Namibia is the Steenbras. Best is braaing (BBQ) the Steenbras with some lemon, garlic, salt and pepper. Be careful to not braai it too long- it gets dry quickly.
Too enjoy fishing along our Namibian coast, Anglers must stick to some basic rules and regulations from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.
Make sure to have a valid fishing permit, which can easily and affordably by obtained from the Fisheries in Swakopmund.
Make sure you are well aware of how many fishes, species of fish and size of fish your are allowed to keep for your own consumption. In this case, the Steenbras needs to be between 40-65cm in order to keep for own use.
Adhere to these regulations to prevent fines and unnecessary struggles. The fisheries are quite strict and always drive along the beaches doing check ins. Any Steenbras above 65cm should only be caught on a catch and release basis.
The 2 best local fisherman offering fishing excursions from Swakopmund for both shore and boat fishing are Henry Loubser and Warren Deysel.
(Contact us for their contact details)
If you are at the coast and never been shore fishing in Namibia before this is an absolute must. For the more adventurous fight, ask Warren for a catch-and-release shark battle.
Have you ever caught a Steenbras before? We’d love to hear from you! Please comment below!
Planning on going fresh water fishing along the Okavango River? View our post here.