MANTIS ST. HELENA
ST HELENA ISLAND, ATLANTIC
Now that Airlink are flying to St Helena island weekly, this otherwise remote and isolated piece of land perched mid Atlantic Ocean is accessible from South Africa. It’s a bit like going back in time. The locals, known as “Saints” are hospitable to a fault and you will be welcomed like a long lost brother into any of the 4 bars in the historic old capital of Jamestown. We barely scratched the surface of the fishing whilst there, but still released over 15 species of fish. The water is so clean, large Tuna can be seen hurtling up from the depths to attack near the surface. Most fishing is done near, and in the lee of the island, due to sheer ocean drop offs and all species of Billfish are a possibility. However, it’s a simple kind of fishery, so go with an open mind. The diving here is also world class. Perfectly positioned in the main street of Jamestown, the new Mantis Hotel, which offers the most modern accommodation and cuisine on the island, is definitely the lodging of choice. For something truly unique spend a week at St Helena and pack a few rods.
Species: Tuna, Wahoo, Billfish, Grouper, Trevally etc.
Season: February to November
Facets: Trolling, Spinning, Jigging, Popping, Fly Fishing, Bait