5 June 2017 Sardine Run report

2017 Sardine Run report: early June

Anthony Kobrowisky way down south on the Wild Coast, has been scoring epic underwater footage of the frontrunners in the great sardine run. all week. His underwater videographer skills are way up there with the best, and as you can see from the previous post, has been garnering Ant some serious attention. MSN here we come! Click here to read all about it!

So the sardines have definitely arrived down south.

Then we had an amazing unverified hearsay type report of somebody at his house, also quite near East London, saying that many shoals were coming past, and some were huge. These must be the same fish that Ant Kobrowisky is filming – he is also in that area (just north of East London).

Then it came in that the navy have been doing their job for a change, and that very few foreign or suspicious vessels have been spotted this year. And then let’s hope more of the sardines have taken the Port Elizabeth fleet by surprise, or dodged them completely this time round.

Further north The Sardine’s Mdumbi sardine spies reported huge gatherings of birds and dolphins earlier in the week – lining the coast in anticipation. But a general lack of fish. Which is normal before the sardines hit. Starving themselves for the up coming feast!

And if they come anywhere near Port St. Johns, their eye in the sky will report in immediately! Offshore Port St Johns are going to be at sea out there every possible launch day, and will keep us informed.

Sardine spotter "Tzulu"Dowsett will be piloting this awesome machine as he searches the seas for sardines and their predators

Sardine spotter “Tzulu”Dowsett will be piloting this awesome machine as he searches the seas for sardines and their predators is also what happens before the sardines arrive. The fish seem to be starving themselves for the feast coming up.


So, definitely many sardines to report, as they start hitting the coastline down in the Southern Cape a little early this year, and begin running the long gauntlet up into KZN Natal. The mentionable cold front coming into Cape Town right now is par for the weather this time of year, and these behemoth systems charging up the coast into the current, is what confuses then sardines and sends them into shore. The more of these cold fronts that comes through, the more chances of sardines, it seems.

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5 comments for “5 June 2017 Sardine Run report

  1. Ben
    Jun 8, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Based on where the sardines have been seen already, anyone care to hazard a guess as to when they might arrive in Durban? Trying to plan a trip to coincide with the sardine run this year.

    Many thanks


    • Jun 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Hey Ben. Delay your trip into July for best chances. We need a few more cold fronts…

      • Jun 8, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        Awesome… will do, thanks! Ben

  2. Wayne
    Jun 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Hi guys. The sardine run is amazing but it’s sad that when it’s comes to Durban the public can’t even go and pick a single sardine. The ocean is not owned by those people who catch it for business reasons. It’s gna get rough this year

    • Jun 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Hey Wayne, best you get your fishing license out man, the sardines ARE ON THEIR WAY – some already here, but a grand wave coming through down in PSJ today. Many baitballs and loads of fish and other predators. Enjoy!

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