Fishing tackle shops in Cape Town, Gauteng and KZN South Africa for those who need to buy rods, reels and bait for both freshwater and sea angling can be found in and around malls and shopping centres all over the country. Anglers will find in most stores a good selection of different types of fishing rods for the various types of angling as well as the appropriate reels and tackle that goes with them. Some wine farms that offer fly fishing facilities in the Western Cape especially have their own outlets that sell a limited selection of gear as well as suitable baits and flies.
ESA sports fishing tackle shops can also be found throughout the country and the salesmen and women that work in these stores are usually anglers themselves willing to offer the best tips and advice. If you are heading out to a specific dam, river or area to fish then it is always a good idea to pay a visit to the local store to get some tips for baits and rigs to use for catching fish in that particular region. Chances are good that the people working there are angling on a regular basis and probably have a good idea what baits and rigs you can use to give you the best chance of catching in the local conditions.
As any fly fisherman knows, finding a store in South Africa with a wide selection of rods, reels, flies and fly tying equipment is a jewel. Sea fishing stores are relatively common and widespread and the ESA sports fishing outlets carry a nice range of light and heavy duty sea angling equipment. You will find freshwater gear at most towns where dams exist and in the smaller areas have a look at the local hardware store or general convenience as these often carry a limited selection of carp baits and bass equipment if there is no specialised outlet around. Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, being cities, offer a selection of well equipped fishing tackle shops for the keen angler.