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This beautifully strange looking fish is a must catch for any angler heading out to fish the African coastline, found close to the shore you will catch this fish feeding on crabs, small fish and other invertebrates and with them reaching a size of over 90lb these are definitely on the anglers must target list.

Bronze Whaler Shark | Hosted Shore Fishing | Namibia

If you have ever dreamt of targeting the top of the food chain from the shore then this the perfect trip for you to get your teeth into. This will be an exclusive trip for a small group of anglers meaning you will have the maximum attention from our hosts, ensuring you are getting optimum fishing time with the best advice to catch... Read more

  Category: Hosted Fishing, Popper & Jig Fishing, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays
   Season: October to April
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Additional Information

The Lesser Guitarfish is a member of the Shark family that can be found in and around the waters of Africa. These smaller cousins of the much larger Greater Guitarfish are great fun to catch on light tackle and at times have been known to invade beaches in almost plague like numbers. Creating some amazing catches amongst anglers.

Name: Lesser Guitarfish
Also known as: Sandshark, Guitarfish, Lesser Sandshark
Scientific Name: Acroteriobatus annulatus


Lesser Guitarfish have a body shape between both sharks and rays. The tail of the Lesser Guitar Fish has a typical shark-like shape, but in many species, the head has a triangular, or guitar looking shape. This is totally different to the disc-shape fins found in other rays.

Average Size

The Lesser Guitarfish is a much smaller relative to it bigger brother the Greater Guitarfish, these Lesser Guitarfish can reach sizes of around 20lb in weight but the average you will catch is around 6-7lb.

Where to catch

These beautiful Lesser Guitarfish can be caught around most of Africas stunning coastline, the most prolific places to find them though appear to be the Skeleton coast of Namibia, the wild and exciting coastline of Sooth Africa an the beautiful beaches of Mozambique.

Fishing methods

The Lesser Guitarfish is a bottom feeding species that is best targeted by fishing a bait ledgered on the bottom. You do not need super heavy tackle for these fish so a 25lb snood with a 3/0 hook on the end is perfect. Baitwise small strips of fish are always perfect when fishing for these amazing fish but worms will also work along with squid too.

By using beach casting tackle you will be able to catch these fish, the Lesser Guitarfish will come in very close, sometimes only a matter of yards out meaning that even people who can only cast a short distance will be able to catch them. Make sure your rod is safely secured in the tripod as even though these fish do not reach huge sizes they  are extremely strong  and when they hit they will double the rod over letting you know that a fish has taken the bait.

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