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Yellowbelly Rockcod


Introduction: Yellowbelly rockcod (Epinephelus guaza) or the dusky perch are fairly common inhabitants around rocky shores and reefs in depths of up to 200m. They are one of the larger member of the rockcod family and is a popular angling fish for shore and ski-boat anglers alike. Epinephelus means 'clouded over' referring to the colour pattern of some species and guaza is a Spanish word meaning 'common'.

Distribution: Throughout Namibian coastal and oceanic waters from the Kunene River to the Orange River.

Diet: Ambushes prey such as bottom-dwelling fish and crustaceans, especially crayfish which are swallowed whole.

Colouration: Deep brown overall body colour with lighter, but scattered blotches on the backs and sides. The chin and belly are yellow and the fins tipped in orange or yellow.

Breeding: Sexual maturity is reached at 50 to 60cm in length and spawning mainly takes place during the winter.

Max size: 150cm. Max weight: 26.7kg.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

Namibia Safari