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 Living in Port Edward which borders the former Transkei, now Eastern Cape and is better known to anglers as the Wild Coast has allowed me ready access to this fabulous, untamed anglers paradise


The memories I have of travelling the beaten tracks to get to unspoilt, breathtaking destinations in order to do battle with fish that dreams are made of will live with me forever. Having travelled extensively, fishing many an exotic destination, I have to admit that the Wild Coast still remains my favourite angling destination.

From places like Mnyameni and Mtentu in the south to Msikaba, Grosvenor and Mbotyi, then on down to the ever-famous Port St Johns, on to Coffee Bay, Hole in the Wall to Mpame and down to my best destination ever Mazeppa Bay

I have had my arms stretched by huge sharks, been bust up by musselcracker, caught kob bigger than me and pignose grunter that pulled me off my feet. In the many rivers that are found here, I have caught grunter, kob, river roman and kingfish to name but a few but still I havent even scratched the surface of the potential that this area holds.

Shore angling is possibly the most popular facet of angling practised in this area. Personally, I love the many deep-water points the Wild Coast has to offer the deep water, huge headlands and rocky points create an excellent platform to target triple-digit sharks and rays with realistic success. Throwing or sliding big live or dead bait with 200lb cable, 1.5 mm leader, your maximum tackle and your shortest, strongest rod and doing battle for hours on end is what keeps me coming back to the Transkei. Bronze whalers, blacktips, grey sharks, spinners, Zambezis (bull sharks) and many more can be targeted here.

My favourite deep-water points on the Wild Coast (from north to south) are:

  • Compon Point Port Grosvenor
  • Big Goss Point 
  • Luplatana
  • Mbotyi
  • Sharks Point
  • Port St Johns The Gap and 3rd Beach
  • Brazen Head
  • Umngazi 
  • Ntonga 
  • Hole in the Wall
  • Mbolompo Point 
  • Mpame and the island
  • Mazeppa Bay

When conditions are right, any one of these spots can provide the best big shark angling in the world.

Also renowned for some awesome edible angling from huge kob and big garrick and mighty pignose grunter to the reef fish like bronze bream, brusher, poenskop and rock cod and pelagics like the king mackerel, dorado and the mighty yellowtail can all be found here; the kob, garrick and yellowtail angling especially is at times unrivalled anywhere in South Africa.

My five favourite edible spots on the wild coast are:

  • Poenskop
  • Port St Johns lighthouse
  • Mbolompo Point
  • Mpame and the island
  • the Mazeppa channel

Added to the awesome shore angling, there are also some of the most pristine estuary systems that hold spotted grunter, kob, river roman, kingfish, perch and springer. These rivers are nursery areas, so catch-and-release is an ethic we encourage when fishing these rivers. Offshore angling for the mighty copper steenbras and black poenskop is also undertaken but should not be if you are inexperienced as these waters are not suitable for novices.

The Wild Coast is a gem that we should conserve for future generations.