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Bronze Whaler Shark | Shore Fishing | Namibia

Overview

Tour code: NAM001

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.  These huge sharks can reach well over 400lbs. You will be targeting these amazing fish from the shore on heavy surfcasting tackle and bait. The Bronze Whaler Shark is immensely strong 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.

Location

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 and that, coupled with the hot Namib desert that extends the entire length of the Namibian coastline, 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 quite recent ones which make for some amazing photographs. The cold current brings a mass of plankton which in turn, brings the fish and other aquatic species.

Fishing

Namibia Shark fishing is world-renowned as being a truly amazing destination to fish and target the monsters that lurk around here. The beaches here are long sandy expanses the at have very big fish running up and down them, are you up for a fishing experience unlike no other you will find.  You will be fishing from the shore on long sandy beaches targeting the huge Bronze Whaler Sharks that live here, these fish can grow in excess of 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 line. The baits for the bronze Whalers are big and bloody and these are either cast out or flown out using a drone to distances in excess of 250m.  Lighter setups are used for other species like the rays and Kabeljou. So if you are looking for your very next full on a 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.  If you would like to see what Shark fishing in Namibia is really like, head over to our YouTube channel and take a look for yourself.

Guides

Your guide when Shark fishing Namibia will be a top local angler, Louis. This top chef and of course faithful husband of Anneke has been visiting Namibia since he was eleven years old. 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 the nature of Namibia, where he got married to Anneke after two years.

As a manager at Fisherman’s Guesthouse Louis really 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 that are used to drive onto the beaches meaning we can carry everything needed for a day out. We also offer Hosted Namibia Shark fishing holidays, you can find more information here. If you have any questions regarding our hosted tours, please feel free to get in touch. We will be more than happy to discuss your requirements and goals for your dream fishing holiday.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on any of the Namibia Shark Fishing holidays we offer then contact us in the office. Our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Make sure to explore all of our Shark fishing holidays and fishing trips to Namibia. Remember, you also request a free brochure which contains information on all of our fishing trips.

 

 

 

Accommodation
Fisherman's Guesthouse Namibia

Namibia needs no introduction when it comes 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 be wanting somewhere to rest your head and the accommodation we have for you is superb. You will be staying at the Fishermans Lodge which is located in Henties Bay on the Namibian Coastline.

Location

This beautiful lodge offers unforgettable accommodation at a mere 100m from the beach meaning that in the evenings if you are not out fishing for sharks 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 extremely comfortable beds in 9 tastefully furnished, spacious, north-facing double rooms which offer a promise of a refreshing nights sleep. Being central to the Namib, this beautiful guesthouse is an obvious and convenient heaven-sent home base to use whilst discovering the secrets of the oldest desert in the world as well as being the perfect base for fishing the waters of the Skeleton Coast.

Your hosts will assist you to arrange your own unique and magical desert experience as well as helping 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 experienced fisherman and top-chef, Louis will advise and organise your unforgettable angling adventure. Meaning 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 amazing guesthouse will mean that you will be eating both breakfast and dinner here whilst lunch will be eaten on the beach.

All the food here is home-cooked with fresh fish being on the menu along with meat dishes, pasta dishes and other spectacular items. Of course, if you have any other special dietary requirements then Louis will be happy to cater to your every need.  There may also be times where dinner is eaten on the beach

There may be times when dinner is served on the beach in the form of a BBQ (braai as it is known over in Namibia). The guesthouse is stocked fully with many beers, spirits and soft drinks so you will not be left wanting when you are staying here.

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about Fishermans Guesthouse, please feel free to contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure

Board: Full Board
Rooms: 9 twin rooms
Telephone: In reception
Internet: Free wifi
Power: South African round pin 220v
Meals: Cooked by in house chef
Alcohol: Not included
Equipment Hire: Equipment Provided
Cards Accepted: VISA / Mastercard / AMEX
Cash Accepted: South African Rand / UK Pounds / USD
Freezer Room: Freezer area
Species Information
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

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

 

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Johannesburg.

Day 2:

Depart Johannesburg
Arrive Rooikop.

Once you have arrived, you will make your way through passport control and follow the signs for baggage collections. Once you have collected your bags a representative from the Shark guiding service 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

Day 3 & 4: 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

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

Days 5 & 6: Fishing Days

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 styles of fishing, 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.

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 back to Rooikop airport for your return flights. (Transfer approx. 1hour)

Depart Rooikop
Arrive Johannesburg

Depart Johannesburg

Day 10:

Arrive UK (Alternative route available)

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/10/2020 31/10/2020 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2020 30/11/2020 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2020 31/12/2020 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2021 31/01/2021 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2021 28/02/2021 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2021 31/03/2021 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2021 30/04/2021 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2021 31/10/2021 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2021 30/11/2021 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2021 31/12/2021 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2022 31/01/2022 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2022 28/02/2022 10 9 6 £2,833 N/A Enquire Now N/A

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.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond

What's 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

What's Excluded

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

Options

  • 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

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

Vaccinations Advised:

Hepatitis A

Diptheria

Tetanus

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Rooikop

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Johannesburg (approx 11 hrs) Johannesburg – Rooikop (approx 1 hr 15 mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in the economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags, you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s website for the up to date allowances.
If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Rooikop – Guesthouse (approx 1 hour)

Questions & Answers

Where is the destination?

The area you will be fishing is in and around Henties Bay in Namibia situated on the Western Coast of Africa.

Where will I fish?

Here you will be fishing from the shore at many different marks with big baits, mainly for the many shark species that inhabit these waters but also for other various species that swim here.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

You will be transported to the grounds in a vehicle, depending on the grounds you could be as close as a few minutes drive or a bit further depending on conditions.

What fish will I catch?

The main species you will be targeting are the huge Bronze Whaler sharks that patrol these waters but you also have the chance of catching Seven gilled cow sharks, Spotted gulley sharks, Smooth-hounds, Guitarfish, Kabelijou and Steenbras.

How many fish will I catch?

Your catch rate will vary depending on what species you want to target but the average weight of Bronze Whaler sharks here is 176lb. So you will see some massive fish.

How will I fish?

You will be fishing from the shore using big baits for the sharks. Each person will be allocated their own rod and nobody will be forced to take a timeout so others can fish.

Do the guides speak English?

Yes perfect English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

All abilities are welcome as our guide is very used to accommodate all levels of experience and with there being no boat fishing, its a great destination for people who like to target big fish from the comfort of being on dry land

What skill level is required?

A basic understanding of fishing from the shore is all that is required. If you are not confident on casting heavy baits out then our guide will cast out for you just leaving you to play the fish. Just make this clear to him before heading out fishing

How physically demanding is this trip?

This holiday is not that physically challenging as you will be driven down to the beach fishing marks in our 4X4 and then once the baits are cast it is a waiting game. Some of the fights can last a while so being physically fit will help with fatigue.

When is the best time to go?

The season runs from October to April with January to March being peak times. Early season will see a different run of fish so depending on what species you want to target will depend on when the best time to travel. Ask a member of the Sportquest team who will advise on best times.

How to get there?

Flights leave the UK from Heathrow and stop off in Johannesburg before heading on to Rooikop airport Namibia
You will then be picked up by the guide and transferred to your accommodation (approx 1 hour). There are alternative airports departing from the UK so please enquire at the time of booking.

What is the accommodation like?

The fishermans guesthouse is located a mere 100 metres from the sea. You will be sleeping in modern well-furnished twin rooms ensuring that you get the best nights sleep after doing battle with big sharks all day.

What is the food like?

The speciality is freshly caught fish as well as a variety of other meals. Our chef excels in all types of cooking and can cater for any taste. Vegetarian, vegan and any other type of dish can all be prepared for you.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

All your tackle will be provided including baits. If you wish to take your own then please enquire with a member of the Sportquest team who will be more than happy to send you a recommended tackle list. A full list of tackle provided can be available upon request.

Is internet and phone signal available?

Phone signal is available and around the guesthouse, the Wifi is free and fast great for making video calls back home.

Are there other activities available?

As you are fairly remote apart from walking and wildlife spotting there are very limited non-fishing activities. If you like your wildlife spotting including birds then you will love this part of the world.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices & availability click the “Dates & Prices” Tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

 

Blogs

Reviews

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

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Duane

Thanks for the great feedback.

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