The Sunshine Coast is a popular destination for beach lovers, water sports enthusiasts, and nature seekers. It’s also a great place to explore South Africa’s diverse marine and birdlife, and the area is known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Discover a world of fishing possibilities on the Sunshine Coast! Whether you prefer the adventure of deep-sea fishing, the tranquility of river fishing, or the excitement of rock and surf fishing, the Sunshine Coast has it all.

Image Credit: Jessie Lester, Diaz Deep Sea Club

The Diaz Deep Sea Club is Kenton’s local deep sea fishing club, and has been an integral part of the recreational fishing community for many years. The club is perhaps best known for hosting the annual SaltWater Masters tournament, a three-day Eastern Cape fishing event that includes deep sea fishing, river fishing, saltwater, shore and rock fishing – all in one. This year, the Club hosted the prestigious 2023 SADSAA Bottomfish Nationals in March.

Image Credit: Jessie Lester, Diaz Deep Sea Club

The Diaz Deep Sea Club recognises that the conservation of our critically endangered species is important and promotes catch and release of critically endangered and vulnerable species such as Poenskop, Rockod, Miss Lucy, Scotsman and Red Steenbras.

Kenton-on-Sea is a surf-launching site where boats are permitted to launch off Middle beach. The Middle Beach surf launch site is protected by an outer reef that forms a natural breakwater, thereby ensuring a safe and fuss-free launching experience. It is recommended to use tractors to launch and retrieve boats from the beach due to the soft and loose sand on the local beaches.

It is recommended to consult locals first before attempting to launch from Middle Beach, and the Diaz Deep Sea Club is always open to accept new members who wishes to become part of the recreational community who shares their same values when it comes to responsible angling.

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The newly created greater Addo Marine Protected Area that stretches from Boknes to the Port of Nqura plays a big part with the health of marine life in our waters as reef species spill over into our waters as their numbers continue to recover within the Marine Protected Area.

Supplied by Woody Cape, Greater Addo National Elephant Park, SANParks

Additional information:

Book a deep sea fishing trip with BlackFish Charters:
Darren de Bruin
Mobile no:082 818 8995

Visit Fish OwN Tackle Shop at 12 Alfred Road, Kenton and check out their wide range of bait & tackle
Landline: 046-648 1472

Good news! You can now purchase your fishing license online:

To book your Skippers, contact Keryn at or 082 692 6189

Practice catch and release where appropriate and adhere to bag limits and size restrictions to help preserve the fish populations for future generations.

Click here to download recreational fishing daily bag limits:

Click here to download shellfish and bait daily bag limits

Click here to download prohibited species list

Ahoy Boat Owners – here is some useful info needed to buy your Boating Permit:
1 Buoyancy Certificate
Note: check your current Certificate’s expiry date
Contact: Erika Burdett – 072088612 for renewals
2 Certificate of Fitness
Note: Yearly must
Contact : Bruce Thompson – Local Safety Officer – 082 809 4303
3 River Licence / Surf launching Licence
Take a copy of your Buoyancy and COF to the Ndlambe KOS Finance office Municipality to buy this there.
Note : This River Licence is valid for all seven rivers in our area
If one does NOT use their boat on the river , Deep Sea Anglers have the option of buying a Surf Launching licence

PLEASE NOTE: You are required by law to keep a valid copy of all these forms and the Skipper’s permit on the boat at all times.

DID YOU KNOW? Kenton-on-Sea is home to the world-renowned Butt Cat boat name, where John Butt & and his daughter, Kerry, still build these famous boats to this day.

Stywe Lyne and enjoy your fishing adventures along the Sunshine Coast!

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