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Blacktail -
Common Name: Blacktail
Other Names:
Dassie, Kolstert
Scientific Name: Diplodus capensis

Length: 35 - 40 cm in length

Weight: Average weight of
1.5 - 2 kg.

Habitat: Blacktails can be found in rock pools and close inshore. They are normally caught off the rocks as they will be swimming around sheltered areas.

Distribution: Found throughout South Africa.

Bait: Blacktails are not fussy when it comes to bait. They will take a large range of baits such sardine (pilchards),
worms, squid, mussels, crabs etc.

Fishing Strategy: Blacktails do not require any special fishing strategy. Light tackle with a small size hook will work best. A large hook will cause the angler to lose the fish.

Eating Quality: Good, but only with larger specimens.

  • Light tackle
  • Small hooks

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