Galjoen Fishing in South Africa

Galjoen Fishing in South Africa.

As the South African national fish, Galjoen fishing is widely practised in South Africa.

Galjoen Fishing - Hunting for SA's national fish.The galjoen, being the national fish of South Africa, is a well sought after species for any South African saltwater fisherman. Galjoen fishing is high on the list for anyone that is into saltwater fishing.

Alternative names for the Galjoen include; Black Bream, Blackfish, Highwater or Damba. An extremely sought after species that is found along the coast of South Africa, and especially fished for all along the Namibian coast, the Western Cape coast and up to the coastline of Southern Natal.

The Galjoen is a robust deep-bodied fish with a relatively small head and mouth. The colour of this fish varies from a light grey with a white belly to a dark black colour. This fish may reach a length of about 80 centimetres with a weight of 7 Kilograms. The average size that is caught is between 2 and 3 Kilogram.

The Galjoen can be targeted almost exclusively in white water. Here the galjoen will feed on newly exposed surfaces and will feed in gullies and near rocky outcrops. When the angler is galjoen fishing from  a sandy beach it is important to look for newly opened holes. These fish will usually be in small shoals and on the incoming or high tide they will feed in a depth of about 2 meters of water. In dead or low tide they might continue to feed in deeper, discoloured and foamy water.

The best bait to use when galjoen fishing is Redbait or “Rooiaas”. Other baits that are used effectively are bloodworm, wonder-worms, white- and black mussels as well as rock lobster.

When choosing your tackle a 3.5 to 4 meter medium to fast taper rod is preferred with an appropriate choice of reel. Nylon line with a breaking strain of between 12 and 15 Kilograms as your mainline should work well. Ensure that you have a sinker trace of lighter breaking strain and a hook trace that is just slightly lighter than the mainline. The recommended sinker weight is between 3 and 5 ounces and the hook size of about 2/0 or 3/0.

Now that you have all of these aspects down, how do you know when to strike when receiving a bite? The bite of the Galjoen varies between a sudden solid take or playing around with the bait for a while (usually in calmer water). When this fish is toying with the bait, stay calm and even give your line some slack to prevent the Galjoen from feeling the tension from your line.  You have to wait for the correct moment to set your hook, which will usually be indicated by the fish dragging the tip of your fishing rod down.

Hope you have much success in Galjoen Fishing! As I said before, this is a great fish to hunt for.

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