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 Posted: Sun Jul 12th, 2020 10:28 pm
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Dr halibut hoffman



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Mana: 
http://www.nda.agric.za/doaDev/sideMenu/fisheries/21_HotIssues/April2010/Recreational%20Brochure%202017-18.pdf

Look at that, some MPAs are no take zones, some of those no take reserves you can fish with a residents permit, some are open for recreational fishing and some closed to certain types of fishing..The details for each are published in the second half of the document.

The rule of thumb is once you have your yearly fishing permit that you get from the post office then you can fish unless there is an MPA that prevents you from or something like a navy or military base or harbour where no fishing is allowed by harbour masters decree, most harbours you can fish in but a lot not. In SA law the waters and the shoreline up to somewhere above the spring high tide is common ie. public land and all if licensed to be, have access to its resources within the limits of the law. If one has access, there are some spots with no access unless through private property and those are not so public unless you were dropped off by helicopter!

Also visit a local tackle store to ask about which conditions are conducive to the area, or get a local reputable guide for a day or two, as west coast fishing can be very hit and miss.