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Bronze Whaler Shark Fishing Namibia Skeleton Coast Guided Fishing

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Shark Fishing Namibia

The Namibian coast boasts one of the largest populations of Bronze Whaler Sharks in the world. These long sandy beaches are the perfect place to catch the Bronze whaler sharks with not many snags at all to get hooked up on when playing these big brutal fish. The Bronze Whalers patrol the shoreline in search of an easy feed, and they will find plenty of bait fishing in this area.

These vast sharks can reach well over 400lbs. You will be targeting these fantastic fish from the shore on heavy surfcasting tackle and bait.

The Bronze Whaler Shark is mighty and puts up one of the best fights from the shore you will ever have experienced. You will also be targeting such fantastic species such as the prehistoric-looking Seven-Gilled Cow Shark, the Spotted Gully Shark, huge Smoothhounds, Lesser Guitar Fish, various Rays, Kabeljou, Steenbras and other smaller species.

Namibia Shark fishing is world-renowned as a genuinely fantastic destination to fish and target the monsters that lurk around here. The beaches here are long sandy expanses that have massive fish running up and down them. Are you up for a fishing experience unlike any other you will find?

Skeleton Coast Shark Fishing

Shore-based Shark fishing in Namibia takes place from the beaches along the Skeleton Coast. This stunning coastline sits in the cold, nutrient-rich Benguela current of the Southern Atlantic. Coupled with the hot Namib desert that extends the entire Namibian coastline’s length, it means frequent morning fog, which keeps the temperature down to comfortable levels.

You will be fishing in the area of Henties bay which has many exciting fishing marks, within half an hour’s drive from your accommodation. Shipwrecks adorn this coastline, including some relatively recent ones, which make for some fantastic photographs. The cold current brings a mass of plankton, bringing the fish and other aquatic species.

How to catch Sharks

You will be fishing from the shore on long sandy beaches targeting the giant Bronze Whaler Sharks that live here; these fish can grow more than 400lb’s and, once hooked, will give you a fight you will never forget. Along with the massive Bronze Whaler sharks that inhabit this stretch of coastline, you will also be able to target some of the smaller species that live here on lighter tackle.

These include Spotted Gully Sharks, Smoothhounds, Eagle Rays, Sand Sharks, and Kabeljou. Rods are typically 14” one piece and fitted with large multipliers to hold plenty of lines. The baits for the bronze Whalers are big and bloody, and these are either cast out or flown out using a drone to distances above 250m. 

Lighter setups get used for other species like the rays and Kabeljou. So if you are looking for your next full-on fishing adventure, then why not give this a go? It is one of if not the best shore-based Shark fishing experience in the world. Suppose you would like to see what Shark fishing in Namibia is like; head over to our YouTube channel and take a look for yourself.

All abilities are welcome as our guide is very used to accommodate all levels of experience. With no boat fishing, it’s an excellent destination for people who like to target big fish from the comfort of being on dry land. This holiday is not that physically challenging as you will drive down to the beach fishing marks in our 4X4, and then once the baits cast, it is a waiting game. Some of the fights can last a while, so being physically fit will help with fatigue.

Namibia Shark Fishing Guides

The Shark fishing guide we use in Namibia has been fishing these waters for many years. Being born in Belgium, a country known for great food and chocolate, Louis only has three major passions: hunt, fish, and food. After working for years in various Michelin-star rated restaurants, Louis decided to trade the hectic high-level cuisine for Namibia’s nature, where he got married to Anneke after two years. As a manager at Fisherman’s Guesthouse, Louis made his dream come true to do what he loves most as much as possible: cook, fish, and hunt. We have comfortable, four-wheel-drive vehicles used to drive onto the beaches, meaning we can carry everything needed for a day out. We also offer Hosted Namibia Shark fishing holidays; If you have any questions regarding our hosted tours, please feel free to get in touch.

Accommodation

Namibia needs no introduction to fishing for Bronze Whaler sharks from the shore. This beautiful country situated on the west coast of Africa is one place every sea angler has to visit. When staying in Namibia and fishing for the Bronze Whaler Sharks, you will want somewhere to rest your head, and the accommodation we have for you is superb. You will be staying at the Fishermans Lodge, located in Henties Bay on the Namibian Coastline.

Location

This beautiful lodge offers unique accommodation at a mere 100m from the beach, meaning that if you are not out fishing for sharks in the evenings, you can wet a line in front of the lodge if you wish. Listen to the sea, enjoy the fresh air, cool evenings, good company, fine wine and well-prepared meals in the comfort of our dining room and bar. We have incredibly comfortable beds in 9 tastefully furnished, spacious, north-facing double rooms that promise a refreshing night’s sleep. Being central to Namib, this beautiful guesthouse is an evident and convenient heaven-sent home base to use whilst discovering the secrets of the oldest desert in the world and being the perfect base for fishing the Skeleton Coast waters.

Your hosts will help you arrange your own unique and magical desert experience and help in any other way they can whilst you stay here. Louis Fenaux and Anneke Cloete, your hosts, will attend to your every need to make your stay at Fisherman’s Lodge all you would wish it to be. As an experienced fisherman and top chef, Louis will advise and organise your unforgettable angling adventure, which means that when you stay at the Fisherman Lodge, you will have the best possible experience available on the Namibian coast.

Food & Drink

Your host at the Fishermans Guesthouse is a fully qualified top-class chef; having cooked at many Michelin starred restaurants in his time, Louis can most definitely cook. Your stay at this fantastic guesthouse will mean that you will be eating breakfast and dinner here, and you will eat lunch on the beach.

The food here is home-cooked, with fresh fish being on the menu and meat dishes, pasta dishes and other spectacular items. Of course, if you have any other special dietary requirements, Louis will be happy to cater to your every need. There may also be times where dinner served on the beach. The guesthouse is stocked entirely with many beers, spirits and soft drinks.

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Itinerary

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The below itinerary is flexible should you require additional fishing days or additional free days to explore; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

Day 1:

Depart Any international Airport (See Details)

Arrive Johannesburg

Day 2:

Depart Johannesburg

Arrive Rooikop

Once you have arrived, you will make your way through passport control and follow the baggage collections’ signs. Once you have collected your bags, a Shark guiding service representative will be waiting to transfer you the short drive to your accommodation. (Transfer approx. 1hour). Depending on what time your flight arrives, you will be taken out for a few hours fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Fisherman’s Guest House Namibia (Twin rooms) F/B

Days 3 to 6: Fishing Days

After breakfast, you will be taking to your first fishing marks by 4×4. Your guide will then give you a quick rundown on how to fish for some of these huge Sharks. Given what species you are targeting, the fishing methods throughout the week may differ. At around 17:00, you will then be transferred back to the guesthouse. Times of the fishing is completely flexible, and if the bite is good, then the days will be longer, and some days you may even fish into the dark, which will mean a later start in the day.

Overnight accommodation: Fisherman’s Guest House Namibia (Twin rooms) F/B

Days 7 & 8: Fishing Days

As there are many different fishing styles, your guide will try and cover as many as possible with you during your week, so you can see different methods that you may never have seen before. The guides are very used to handle fish of this size and help you land your prize catch. This will be your chance to get that amazing trophy shot to show your friends back home.

Overnight accommodation: Fisherman’s Guest House Namibia (Twin rooms) F/B

Day 9:

Once you have checked out of your guesthouse, you will then be transferred to Rooikop airport for your return flights. (Transfer approx. 1hour)

Depart Rooikop

Arrive Johannesburg Depart Johannesburg

Day 10:

Arrive Home

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from October to April.

Bronze Whaler Shark

Season: October to May
Peak: January to February
Weight: 427LB
Average Weight: 176LB

Seven-Gilled Cow Shark

Season: April to December
Peak: September and October
Weight: 214LB
Average Weight: 66LB

Spotted Gully SHark

Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 94LB
Average Weight: 36LB

Smoothhounds

Season: All Year
Peak: April to December
Weight: 64LB
Average Weight: 30LB

Lesser Guitar Fish

Season: All Year
Peak: December to April
Weight: 13LB
Average Weight: 4LB

Kabeljou

Season: All Year
Peak: Oct to Dec & March to April
Weight: 63LB
Average Weight: 20LB

Steenbras

Season: All Year
Peak: January to April
Weight: 53LB
Average Weight: 28LB

Package Details

Prices from
£3,275
per person

Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • 6 days fishing
  • Professional fishing guide
  • Transfer from the guesthouse to fishing (4x4 vehicle)
  • All necessary fishing tackle supplied
  • All baits
  • All accommodation as per itinerary F/B
  • Soft drinks and beer at the guest house and whilst fishing on the beach

Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Personal items
  • Laundry service
  • Wine and Spirits

Optional extras

  • World Traveler Plus upgrades
  • Business Class upgrades
  • First Class upgrades
  • Single room upgrade

Price Supplements

If you are travelling alone then we recommend looking at our Hosted trip as there are no supplements. If you would like a price to travel alone please contact a member of the Sportquest Holiday team who will give you a more up to date price

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01/05/2024 31/05/2024 10 £3,275 Enquire Now
01/10/2024 31/10/2024 10 £3,275 Enquire Now
01/11/2024 30/11/2024 10 £3,275 Enquire Now
01/12/2024 31/12/2024 10 £3,275 Enquire Now
01/01/2025 31/01/2025 10 £3,390 Enquire Now
01/02/2025 19/02/2025 10 £3,390 Enquire Now
20/02/2025 01/03/2025 10 £3,390 Enquire Now
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01/05/2025 31/05/2025 10 £3,390 Enquire Now

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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Reviews

Keith

Everything was exactly as described by Sportquest, the fisherman’s guesthouse at Henties Bay was excellent , our guide Louie and his wife Anneke were great hosts, we had some great fishing even though conditions on a couple of days were challenging Louie managed to put us amongst the fish. Catching a bronze whaler on a rod, off the beach is an experience I’ll never forget, the food at the guesthouse was excellent and a good time was had in the evenings with the other guests, all in all it was an excellent, good value holiday. Would definitely recommend it.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Keith, so glad you had a good time. Both Louise and his wife are great at looking after our guests and dont those Bronzies hang on!! I will try and catch up with you later this week if not about a Sturgeon Trip

All the best

Paul

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Duane

From what i can make out the fishing in Namibia is still good. Simon Mcgowan does a great job keeping the dream alive for UK anglers and other anglers from around the world.

Ever since watching the John Wilson and Henry Gilbey TV programmes I've always wanted to go out there and give it a try for myself.

Job done

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Duane

Thanks for the great feedback.

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Hugo

Big Bronze Whalers from the shore... completed it! What a week, what a destination, what a fish. I can't speak highly enough about the operation, from the moment I left my front door to the moment I returned everything ran incredibly smoothly and I was thoroughly looked after. Thank you!

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Oliver

I'm just back from a week in Namibia and what a week it was! I landed two species of shark over 100lb including a Bronze Whaler and Seven Gilled Cow Shark plus a host of smaller species including Smoothound and Lesser Guitarfish. The lodge was perfect for what I needed and the guides were very accommodating and knowledgeable. A big thumbs up from me.

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Keith

We both thoroughly enjoyed the trip, the fishing and Louis, our guide were both excellent, the guesthouse was excellent, food was great and a really enjoyable time was had most evenings with the other guests, the sea was against us for a couple of days which made fishing difficult but with Louis help we still managed to catch, we had five bronze whalers between us, great trip, would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Matthew

Our fishing trip to Namibia was absolutely brilliant, from the first day to the last, our guide and host Louis had a vast knowledge of the coast line and fishing tactics to catch a wide verity of fish, Louis worked very hard to find the fish for us as some days were hard, but Louis came through ever time, if one place wasn't right he would move on until he found the right place with the right conditions to fish and this hard work payed off ever time.

My son Tom and I had a fantastic time, Tom hadn't done any fishing before going, but under Louis guidance he became a good fisherman over the time we were fishing landing Kob up to 18 kilos and on our last afternoon catching a massive 143 kilo 300 lbs Bronze whaler shark that took over two hours to land.

Our time at Fisherman's guest house was supper the accommodation food and the nights were all five star, and our hosts Anneke and Louis went out of there way to make our time with them as best as can be, from barbecues on the beach to fresh fish dinners, Thankyou for a fantastic time.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Matthew, thank you so much for your feedback it truly is an awesome place and Louis and Anneke really do look after you. So glad your son managed to catch such a huge fish, if you have any pictures you could send me that would be great. Now that he has the bug, where to next?

All the best

Paul

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Brodie

Fantastic week in Namibia. I have been on over 11 different international fishing trips and travelled to over 20 different countries but this trip will forever go down as the best one!

Day 1:
We arrived at Walvis Bay international airport to be greeted by our guide and host Louis Fenaux, who was polite and friendly. The short 40 minute drive to the Fisherman’s Guesthouse was scenic with wildlife (Flamingos and Jackels) and desserts. After arriving at the accommodation we were greeted by Louis’s wife Anneke who was welcoming and kind. Anneke had a BBQ set up for us on the first night that was amazing and didn’t give us a reason to eat anywhere else other than the guesthouse. Louis also has a bar at the guesthouse with beer on tap and loads of other types of liquor.

Day 2:
Started with me and my dad waking up for breakfast at 08:00, which was a continental breakfast with bacon and eggs. The first days fishing was a bit of a species hunt, where we caught 5 different species (Spotted Gully shark, Barbell, Sand shark, Cob, Steenbras). This was amazing as it got us catching a few fish and gave us an idea for the week ahead. Lunch was also included and was a pack lunch including different native foods which are similar but slotley differ to the usual in the UK. The way Captain Louis read the water and could tell which fish would bite and feed in different coloured waves and tides was fascinating to witness.

Day 3:
Again day 3 started with a continental breakfast with bacon and eggs from Anneke and the team at the Guesthouse. The plan for today was to fish for Spottys (Spotted Gully sharks). Louis took me and my dad to a spot north of the guesthouse where we caught over 15 Spottys in 2 hours with multiple double and at some point triple takes. All the Spottys were around 10kg-15kg. After this we changed our efforts to the Bronze Whale sharks but we was unsuccessful due to the difficult water conditions we faced. However we did catch a very large Spotty of over 25kg which made up for the quietness in the action. Arriving back at the fisherman’s guesthouse we were greeted be Anneke who had cooked a fresh Cob we caught that same day, which is the first time we have eaten our own catch before. It was the best and most fresh fish we had ever eaten.

Day 4:
Start time for day 4 was again 08:00 with a continental breakfast made by Anneke. In the morning we fished for bait catching 4 good sized Cob up-to 3kg. We used this fresh bait to help catch our first Bronze Whale shark of the trip at over 50kg it was the hardest fighting fish we had ever witnessed or caught. Dinner for this evening was fresh lamb that Louis had brought and butchered int the guesthouse. The best lamb ribs we had ever tasted.

Day 5:
As usual the day started with a breakfast run by Anneke at 08:00. Day 5 was just one of those days. We caught 2 Cob early morning but other than that you couldn’t buy a bite. It wasn’t just us no one along the coast had reports of much fish coming out I don’t know if it was to do with the sea or the weather but it was what it was. Luckily Captain Louis knows a few secret spots where in the last 30 minutes he took us the ‘Bronzey Hole’ where we caught two big Spotty sharks both over 20kg in a short period of time to save the day. Back at the guesthouse we had the Cob caught from today fried with a bit of a risotto, cooked perfectly by Anneke.

Day 6:
Breakfast as usual started at 08:00 cooked and delivered by Anneke. In the morning we fished for bait catching nice Cob, Sand shark and I even managed to catch a bucket list fish a large Eagle Ray. Lunch like every fishing day was a local packed lunch Captain Louis would pick us up early morning. The afternoon on day 6 was a disaster. We lost 4 massive Bronze Whale sharks in 35 minutes it was heart breaking.
To make up for the bad luck whilst fishing Anneke had prepared the best dinner of the week, lamb legs from the lamb Louis butchered the day before. It was the best lamb we had ever eaten and the potatoes, vegetables and gravy sauce complimented it perfectly.

Day 7:
The last day and the goal was to catch a 200lb/90kg + Bronze whale shark. We started the morning catching bait which is easy with Louis who is a master of reading the water. Our first stop off for a Bronzey was a spot on the beach called ‘Popeye’ where our bad luck continued and we lost another fish heartbreaking. After this we moved to a location known as ‘Black Rock’ where we lost the 4 Bronzeys the day before. Instantly we hooked a fish that took line none stop even with a really tight clutch. Louis saw the fish jump and said it was massive but unfortunately after nearly spooling the reel and taking almost 1000m of line it came off. Ten minutes later we hooked another Bronze whale shark which we landed at 70kg changing our luck for the better. Last cast of the day the same rod and reel that caught all the Bronze whale sharks for the week ripped off again. This fish felt massive with help from our guide Louis we landed the fish in 1hr 30minutes and like a fairytale ending it was the fish we dreamt of, with it being over the magical 220lb/100kg barrier. This fish put the nail in the coffin and made our holiday to Namibia our best fishing trip to date!

Highlights:
The holiday ended with 7 different species spotted gulled sharks, Bronze whale sharks, Eagle rays, Sand sharks, Cob, Steenrass and Barbell. We caught 3 Bronze whale sharks from 50kg-100kg and lost 6. We lost count of Spotted gulled sharks but caught 3 over 20kg and 1 over 25kg. Another highlight was the large Eagle ray caught on day 6. We caught fish every day and enjoyed every minute of the holiday even when it got frustrating in the afternoon on day 6 Louis always found a way to cheer us up.

A big shoutout to Louis and Anneke Fenaux, who were the best hosts we have ever had the experience to meet and be alongside. Anneke was polite and caring, always asking about the fishing and if we needed anything throughout our stay. Louis is one of the best fisherman I have ever met and I would recommend him and the fisherman’s guesthouse in Namibia to every person interested in big shark fishing from the shore. He was confident throughout the week and helped us achieve all of our targets comfortably, it was as if he knew the trip would just fall into place.
Just make sure you are fighting fit as these Bronze whale sharks aren’t like Catfish from Spain or Sturgeon from Canada they are ridiculously hardcore!

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Great to hear you had an amazing time. Thank you for your very detailed feedback.

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Christopher

The hospitality we received from Louie & Aneka at the lodge was 2nd to none!
A lovely family who welcomed us with open arms
Louie’s knowledge and expertise was top stuff
Nothing was a problem
The rooms were cleaned daily, the food was excellent, we had a packed lunch everyday with plenty of fluids for our trips out and about daily
This trip was unforgettable
Flights and transfers were spot on
Amd overall excellent value for money for the memories we gained from this trip
10/10 from me !
Louie’s the man for fishing trips in this area 100%

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Chris, thank you so much for your amazing feedback and really pleased it lived up to your expectations. Louie and Anneke are amazing hosts and really go out of their way to make everyones stay the best it can be

All the best, Paul Stevens

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Andy

Experience of a life time. Louis the fishing guide is a gem. Had us on the fish every day Anneke his wife is the perfect host at the hotel. Nothing was too much trouble. She even organised an overnight stay at a safari lodge. If you’re a first timer to those parts you need to take second skin clothing. Factor 50 doesn’t cut it on the Skeleton Coast. Even the locals (Louis) wear second skin leggings

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Andy, thank you so much for your feedback and everything lived up to your expectations. Louis and Anneke are some of the best hosts and always receive such positive feedback from them. With sucha. large group like yours, could of been hard top manage but I hear that Louis looked after everyone so well and to get everyone on the fish was a big ask, but not for this guide

All the best, Paul stevens

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Wayne

Fantastic trip we can’t thank Louis and Anneke and there staff enough
From start to finish we had the best time
Guest house was excellent
Food was superb
Fishing was brilliant
We caught several small sharks and other species
The highlight being a 215cm 134kg bronzie
Highly recommend and would def return again
A big thumbs up from us

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Wayne, thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. It is so important for future travellers.

So glad you and your group loved the trip. It is extremely popular for us and we send many anglers there each year and always get such positive feedback.

Tight lines, Paul

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