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October is one of the best months for catching kob, and fishermen along our coast are reporting some great catches!

The Kowie River in Port Alfred is no exception and often yields big fish. The trick is to be at the right place, at the right time, with the right bait!

Port Alfred Houseboats have partnered with Alcocks Fishing Tackle, fishing legends in the area, to help get you right onto the fish… Literally!

With their tried and tested lures, soft-baits and techniques, and a fully equipped houseboat, you will have everything you need for a few days of great fishing and relaxing on the Kowie River.

With up to 13km of river to trawl, jig along prawn banks, rocky drop-offs, deep gullies and more, you are bound to fine-tune your drop-shot technique and hone skills which will deliver more fish throughout your fishing career.

Stop angling and start fishing!

Contact us today for rates and availability, or visit our website for more info.

For tackle and advice contact Alcocks Fishing Tackle on 041 365 6868 or visit their shop at 349 Cape Road, Westway Centre, PE.


Get in touch with our fishing partners and get advice on bait, tackle and the best spots to find the big ones!

Full Day Boat Cruise, Slow-Tube and Braai!

Book the entire boat for your family and friends for a day of fun in the sun!

  • Up to 6 people per group
  • Skipper included, 11km cruise to Mansfield Private Game Reserve
  • 3 hour cruise, 3 hour stopover and braai at BlackRock restaurant
  • Braai packs and set braai menu available
  • Slow-tubes to keep kids busy along the way
  • 10am – 4pm

Cost: R3000 for up to 6 people

Excludes food, drinks, and braai packs.

Contact us for availability: 082 427 6952 / 083 461 3849

Slow-Tube fun on the Kowie with Houseboats!

All set for a day of wholesome fun!

What an amazing day of fun in the sun, right here in Port Alfred.

It started with my daughter reminding me that it’s her birthday, again, and that a party may be on the cards… Cold sweat, fear, my lips went numb. I’m not funny enough in a clown suit and apparently not cool enough to entertain 12-year olds… So I racked my brain and thought hard about something fun, that lasts at least a few hours, and does not cost an entire Bitcoin!

Then it hit me, and I only had to say 1 word to get ear piercing squeals and shrieks to confirm the idea would work – HOUSEBOAT!

So there we went for a day-trip up the Kowie, with a mate for moral support, 5 hyper kids and 2 of our new slow-tubes to keep them busy during the cruise. Best idea ever πŸ™‚

We stopped over at Mansfield Private Game Reserve for a quick braai and boerie rolls whilst the kids played on the jungle gyms and swam in the pool.

They had so much fun, and managing 2 tubes behind the boat was a breeze. The boats are made for slow cruising which is perfect for a safe and chilled slow-tube ride. Plus the occasional passing boat made for fun waves πŸ™‚

The goal was to have tons of fun and to give my daughter and her friends a party to remember. I can, with confidence, say that goal was not only achieved but exceeded by leaps and bounds as each time we looked back, all we saw were smiles and teeth πŸ™‚

You can also be a hero for a day. Contact us for pricing and requirements.

Big Kob landed from PA Houseboats, Kowie River (Sep 2019)

The trick to landing big kob usually entails having the right tackle and bait, technique, tides and a good measure of luck.

Another key factor to consider is weather, since fish have slightly different ideas of what conditions are best for ‘fishing’.

This is exactly what recent Houseboats guests Conrad and Chantelle Esztergomi from PE did when the weather promised to be windy and rainy, by persevering and making the best of the conditions. And did it pay off!

So off they went to find a good spot sheltered from the wind, and to catch some live bait along the way.

With a lekka on-board Weber braai for heat and dinner, and cozy cabin to keep dry, they were at the right place at the right time to lay into a number of younger kob (all were released) as the shoals came past.

And then it happened… Weeks of planning paid off with a beautiful kob of est 13kg! Great stuff Conrad!

This just goes to show, that those willing to brave the weather could be rewarded with some nice fish.

So check your calendar and book a few nights on a houseboat. Enquire here and tell us more about your ideal trip, so we can make it happen πŸ™‚

Book via AirBnB and skip the deposit!

That’s right, no need to pay an additional R2000 Security Deposit when you book your trip via AirBnB. Only pay the daily rate and fuel used.

We have added a second availability calendar link to our website, in case the first boat is booked.

You can now also skip the deposit and temporary skippers fee by opting for a chartered cruise with our highly qualified river guide. This option ensures a hassle-free cruise without the worries of driving yourself, to allow you to spend more quality time with friends and family, view game, birds or even fish with one of the best fisherman in the Kowie!

Share this post, tag a friend, write to grandma or call us today to secure one of the best weekends you will have this year πŸ™‚