Comprises largely of freshly caught seafood - with delicacies such
as prawns, crab & crayfish.
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner are set menu's.
Festive season will be a buffet affair.
If you do not feel like cooking - let us prepare a tasty meal like
only the Portuguese can.
For the early birds - come enjoy our "Boere Breakfast".
There is only one 'official' launch site in the Chidenguele area
and it is about 1km north from Sunset Beach and just past Paraiso
de Chidenguele, another resort in the area. This launch can be tricky
and dangerous and one should be very careful when launching here.
This is also the best spot for kayak fishermen to launch, but great
care should be taken when negotiating the second reef. Most boats,
however, launch about 7km down the beach and just past Demares Resort
where there is a clear break in the rocks. The area right in front
of De Mares Resort is also a favourite spot for kayaks to launch
and much safer than the other launch site, although the best fishing
grounds is a bit difficult to reach from there. Bigger ski-boats
should use the inland road to access the beach at either Demares
Resort or Paraiso de Chidenguele, since the road down to the beach
from Sunset Beach is very steep and sandy.
Fishing in the Chidenguele Area
The Chidenguele area is a well kept secret and has a variety of
species that can be caught right from the beach, offshore, on fly
and from a kayak.
Chidenguele is first and foremost kingfish country and real monsters
roam the many offshore reefs that run for miles along the unspoiled
beaches. The drop-offs and canyons directly in front of the light
house is the primary area to target, but there are also some very
productive reefs around 10 km offshore from the light house. Except
for kingfish, the main target species are couta, snoek (queen mackerel),
dorado, tuna and bonito. Sailfish can also easily be caught close
to shore (in about 30 meters of water). Huge rockcods are common
and they are often impossible to rise from the bottom.
Although a bit far away from the ski-boat launch site, the well
known areas of 'Kings Pool' and 'Mermaids' lies about 20 km north
of Sunset Beach and is another possibility. This area has an abundance
of reefs close to shore and the kingfish that have been caught,
or rather lost, in this area are legendary.
It is best to take your own bait along when visiting this area,
but needlefish (ballyhoo) can easily be caught anywhere in the vicinity
of rocks where there are also some sheltered and calm water. The
local fishermen occasionally also net needlefish at Kingspool and
Mermaids and will sell them to you if they are not too hungry. Except
for needlefish, fresh sardines and both sugar - and Japanese mackerels
work very well for everything from couta to sailfish. If you can
get hold of bonito's, don't be afraid to rig them for couta. There
are some big crocodile couta around and even a 5kg bonito will easily
Inshore fishing at Chidenguele is a cut above, and if you put in
the time you will definitely be rewarded with a fish of a life-time.
Couta and dorado have been caught right from the rocks and ledges
that line the beaches here, and big kingfish have stripped many
a reel at Kingspool. When you fish in this area your tackle should
be first class or you will go home a defeated man or woman.
Because beach driving is allowed if you are fishing and in possession
of a fishing license, one can either travel for miles north or south
of Sunset Beach and choose any spot that your heart desires. Usually
there will be no one else around. You will have to plan your time
well, since many areas are difficult to access during high tide.
It is not easy to describe to prime areas to target, since there
are so many, but look for a clear break in the ledges with a hole
and some open water behind it. The main species to target are rockcod,
Natal stumpnose, cob (during the winter) and spectacled snapper,
although any of the other usual suspects can be caught around the
rocks. The best fishing is at night, so mark your spot during the
day and return when the water is low (when fishing from the ledges).
If you are interested in catching a big sand shark, then Chidenguele
is the place to come to during the summer months. During low tide,
look for any sandy beach with a sandbank that you can wade to and
that will enable you to cast as deep as possible into the blue water
behind it. 'Slide' a mackerel - or chokka bait and be ready to have
your arms stretched. Other big sharks are regularly hooked from
the ledges 15km north of Sunset Beach.
For all edible fish, sardine is still the best bait around - that
is if you prefer to eat your crayfish. Take enough from home, since
sardine cannot be bought at Sunset Beach. The same goes for chokka.
If you can get hold of some bonito fillet, you are guaranteed to
catch a big spectacled snapper or a sand shark. Crayfish and octopus
can be bought from the local divers that go search for them early
each morning. Crayfish is the number one food of choice for most
fish in the sea, so if you can resist the temptation of eating them
yourself, use that as bait above anything else.
The many inshore reefs and tidal pools make the area an unforgettable
drop-shot venue. Between Sunset Beach and the light house to the
south is an excellent area to target a variety of kingsfish species
and at Mermaids and Kingspool there is always to chance to hook
into a real giant. South from the light house there are so many
spots for drop-shot fishing that you can spend a life time exploring
If you are looking for excitement beyond compare, then bring a strong
rod, big poppers with single hooks and some heart pills along. The
giant kingfish in this area will make your heart skip more than
one beat when they smash your popper on the surface. Landing them
is a different story. The prime area to hook one of these busses
is around Kingspool. Purple, green and white poppers work very well
and they should be heavy enough to enable a cast of a least 100m.
For fly fishing in the tidal pools and amongst the rocks a nine-weight
fly rod will do the trick, but if you are fishing at Mermaids or
Kingspool, rather bring a twelve-weight rod with enough backing
along. Ask your local tackle dealer to recommend a fly for the area,
but chartreuse clouser minnows and any deceiver work very well.
The same goes for poppers. A pink crazy Charlie is recommended for
the wave garricks and threadfins that frequent the surf zone.
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