Here are the recreational fishing regulations.  The official .pdf can be found here.

As Spearo’s it is our duty to abide by and enforce these size and bag limits.  It is due to over fishing and simple abuse that we have these restriction in place. I urge you all to become familiar with the tables below and help new spearfisherman increase their knowledge about the seas, life therein and regulations.

Remember there are closed seasons to many species that I have not listed below (soon to come) so please beware of that and do the necessary research before jumping in the water and shooting anything with gills and fins.

Please not you are not allowed to catch or target the following species of fish in South Africa: Great White Shark, Brindle Bass, potato Bass, Seventy Four, Natal Wrasse, Red (Copper) Steenbras (<- new [December 2012])

Basking Shark Cetorhinus Maximus
Brindle Bass Epinephelus Lanceolatus
Coelacanth Latimeria Chalumnae
Great White Shark Carcharodon Carcharias
Natal Wrasse Anchichoerops Natalensis
Pipefish & Seahorses Family Syngnathidae
Potato Bass Epinephelus Tukula
Red Steenbras (Copper) Petrus Rupestris
Sawfish Family Pristidae
Seventy Four Polysteganus Undulosus
Whale Shark Rhinocodon Typus
Fish Species Name Scientific Name Min. Size Bag Limit
Anchovies Engraulidae 0 CM None
Baardman (bellman, tasselfish) Umbrina 40 CM 5
Banded Galjoen Dichistius multifasciatus 0 CM 5
Billfishes (Marlin, Sailfish) Istiophoridae 0 CM None
Blacktail (Dassie) Diplodus sargus capensis 20 CM 5
Blue Hottentot Pachymetopon aeneum 0 CM 5
Bronze Bream (Bluefish) Pachymetopon grande 30 CM 2
Cape Knifejaw Oplegnathus conwayi 0 CM 5
Cape Stumpnose Rhabdosargus holubi 20 CM 5
Carpenter (Silverfish) Argyrozona argyrozona 35 CM 4
Catface Rockcod (Spotted Rockcod) Epinephelus andersoni 50 CM 5
Chub Mackerel Scomber japonicus 0 CM None
Cutlassfish (Walla Walla) Trichiurus lepturus 0 CM None
Dageraad Chrysoblephus cristiceps 40 CM 1
Dane Porcostoma dentata 0 CM 5
Dorado (Dolphin Fish) Coryphaena hippurus 0 CM None
Elf (Shad) Pomatomus saltatrix 30 CM 4
Englishman Chrysoblephus anglicus 40 CM 1
Fransmadam Boopsoidea inornata 0 CM 10
Galjoen Dichistius capensis 35 CM 2
Garfishes Belonidae 0 CM None
Garrick (Leervis) Lichia amia 70 CM 2
Geelbek (Cape salmon) Atractoscion aequidens 60 CM 2
Glassies Ambassidae 0 CM None
Hake Merluccius 0 CM None
Halfbeaks Hemiramphidae 0 CM None
Horse Mackerel (Maasbanker, Mosi) Trachurus trachurus capensis 0 CM None
Hottentot Pachymetopon blochii 22 CM 10
John Brown Gymnocrotaphus curvidens 0 CM 5
Kingfishes Caranx 0 CM 5
Kingklip Genypterus capensis 0 CM 1
King Mackerel (Couta) Scomberomorus commerson 0 CM 10
Kob**** Argyrosomus 50 CM 1
Large-Spot Pompano (Wave Garrick) Trachinotus botla 0 CM 5
Leopard Cat Shark Poroderma pantherinum 0 CM 1
Mullets (Harders) Mugilidae 0 CM 50
Natal Knifejaw (Cuckoo Bass) Oplegnathus robinsoni 0 CM 5
Natal Stumpnose Rhabdosargus sarba 25 CM 5
Pinky (Piggy, Olive Grunt) Pomadasys olivaceum 7.5 CM 10
Poenskop (Black Musselcracker) Cymatoceps nasutus 50 CM 1
Queen Mackerel Scomberomorus plurilineatus 0 CM 10
Ragged Tooth Shark Carcharias taurus 0 CM 1
Red Stumpnose Chrysoblephus gibbiceps 30 CM 1
River Bream (Perch) Acanthopagrus berda 25 CM 5
Rock Salmon (River Snapper) Lutjanus argentimaculatus 40 CM 5
Roman Chrysoblephus laticeps 30 CM 2
Santer (Soldier) Cheimerius nufar 30 CM 5
Sardine (Pilchard, Red Eye) Clupeidae 0 CM None
Sauries Scomberesocidae 0 CM None
Scads Decapterus 0 CM None
Scotsman Polysteganus praeorbitalis 40 CM 1
Slinger Chrysoblephus puniceus 25 CM 5
Snoek (Cape Snoek) Thyrsites atun 60 CM 10
Southern Pompano Trachinotus africanus 0 CM 5
Spotted Grunter Pomadasys commersonnii 40 CM 5
Spotted Gully Shark Triakis megalopterus 0 CM 1
Springer Elops machnata 0 CM 5
Steentjie Spondyliosoma emarginatum 0 CM 10
Stonebream Neoscorpis lithophilus 0 CM 5
Strepie (Karanteen) Sarpa salpa 15 CM 10
Striped Cat Shark Poroderma africanum 0 CM 1
Swordfish (Broadbill) Xiphias gladius 25 KG 5
Squid (Chokka) Loligo vulgarus reynaudii 0 CM 20
Tuna Thunnus 6 KG 10
West Coast Steenbras Lithognathus auret 60 CM 1
White Musselcracker (Brusher) Sparodon durbanensis 60 CM 2
White Steenbras (Pignose Grunter) Lithognathus lithognathus 60 CM 1
White Stumpnose Rhabdosargus globicebs 25 CM 10
Wolfherring Chirocentrus dorab 0 CM None
Yellow Belly Rock Cod Epinephelus marginatus 60 CM 1
Yellowtail Seriola lalandi 0 CM 10
Zebra Diplodus cervinus hottentotus 30 CM 5

3 responses to “Regulations

  1. S.D. Strydom

    May 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Hi, my name is Sakkie. I am from KZN and would like to know what distance from the harbour mouth am i allowed to spearfish? Thanks

    • Johan Nieuwenhuys

      June 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Hi Sakkie, which harbour mouth are we talking about here?


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