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Mossel Bay | Garden Route

About Salt Life Fishing

Our vessel

As a SAMSA registered surveyor, safety is our highest priority and our boat is kept in tip-top condition. Instagator, our 26ft Butt Cat, is purpose-built for fishing and has all the features of an ideal deep sea fishing vessel. It’s comfortable with exceptional handling, ensuring our guests have a very pleasant trip.

What to Bring

You’ll need water and snacks, and we recommend you bring a hat and sunglasses, plus extra layers of clothing in the winter months. We provide all the necessary equipment, tackle and bait. Please note that the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment requires all fishers to apply for either an annual or a temporary fishing permit. You can apply for this at any Post Office, or we can organise it for you with enough notice.

Prefer the boat to yourself? Get in touch to book a private fishing charter.

Boat surveys & vessel maintenance

In accordance with SAMSA’s policy on the numbering and certification of small vessels, they appoint safety officers and external surveyors under the Merchant Shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations 2007. Justin McCarthy is an external appointed surveyor and can carry out compliance surveys of pleasure vessels, on behalf of SAMSA. We can survey your recreational vessel or organise any vessel maintenance or repairs you may need. Contact us to book a boat survey or discuss any maintenance requirements.

Expedition boat & crew

With over a decade of experience working with documentary filmmakers, research teams, and photographers, our skipper is proficient with the protocols involved in ocean expeditions for the Film and TV and research industries. You can hire our boat and crew for film and TV locations out at sea. We provide all the safety equipment and can discuss any customisation requirements.

The set-up of our butt cat ensures that the bow and stern both offer ideal camera platforms, and the bow, in particular, presents uninterrupted 360-degree camera views.

Read more about our filming opportunities and how we can help you with the logistics for your production.


Wildlife viewing is a bonus for our charter guests, and you may spot marine life during your fishing trip. Regular year-round sightings are bottlenose, common, and humpback dolphins. We also see sharks and seals throughout the year, and hammerhead, thresher, and ragged-tooth sharks more in summertime. Winter brings the migrating humpback and southern right whales. We are also visited by turtles and have seen large green turtles,  hawksbill turtles, and small loggerhead hatchlings. A once rare and now more regular sighting is orcas (killer whales).

Offshore birding trips

An offshore birding trip that takes visitors to observe the variety of pelagic birds we see off the coast of Mossel Bay. This tour gets bird lovers closer to sought-after seabirds, while offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Mossel Bay, being a region of significant importance for pelagic birds and attracting African Penguin, albatross, petrels, shearwaters, terns, cormorants, gannets, and skuas, makes it a prime destination for birding tours. A dream trip for outdoor enthusiasts, environmentalists, and photographers.

Private fishing charter

Some of our guests prefer the boat to themselves and we can organise a private fishing charter. This is perfect for families, friends, bachelor/bachelorette events or corporate team building. We will provide all the necessary equipment, tackle and bait as usual, and you can get in touch with us about any tailored requirements. We have contacts in town for catering and more.