No sardine report 29 June 2017

No sardine report 29 June 2017

Well it’s a no sardine report for today the 29 June 2017…things have gone quiet up and down. Sporadic appearances of shoals of Banana Beach and Umzumbe mean they are still about, just swimming down deep where it’s safer? Maybe it’s the excellent surf and calm conditions that are allowing them to take refuge like this.

Except of course Port St. Johns! Sardines everywhere out deep. Where ace operators – Offshore Africa – are right in on the action. Rob Nettleton and his team have been doing the sardine run experience for over a decade now, and really have their finger on the pulse. They are an integral part of The Sardine Report each year.

Together with the fabulously talented (and brave) Janine Marx, have been getting some of the most amazing and noteworthy footage.

THESE IMAGES WERE FROM TODAY!

Sardine report 29 June 2017 Imagery by Janine Marx

Sardine report 29 June 2017 Imagery by Janine Marx

These guys down in Port St. Johns are so serious about sardines, they even have a Gyrocopter scouting from the skies each day possible.

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

But aside from the sporadic but inspiring few nets thrown last week – it has gone sardine run characteristically quiet for now.

Don’t panic however. This happens. And now things can get really exciting as elusive shoals slip through the proverbial net, and surprise the crowd by popping up way further north than expected.

Our Natal Sharks Board spy Jay Steenkamp is also out and about – he even has an aeroplane at his disposal – and is most times the very first with the news, as he was in Scottburgh, last week. He patrols the entire coastline from Durban all the way to the Eastern Cape for sardines each year. He has been very quiet today.

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