Offshore Africa whale spotters in Port St. Johns are having a bumper sardine run. Bringing with it the usual suspects. All sorts of whales. Dolphins. Sharks. Seabirds. It’s wild out there right now!
The sardines this year are spread out far and wide and not in concentrated shoals. This has made for more fun for everyone as the little fish elude the nets chasing after them all over the place. Not many successful nets went in so far this year, and although the action has slowed, conditions look great for this next spring tide cycle.
To try for a spot down in Port St. Johns with Rob Nettleton and Debbie Smith and crew, click on over to their website, offshoreportstjohns.com.
The 2015 sardine run makes for great fishing on the southern African eastern seaboard – as the little fishies light up the lives of reef and game fish up and down the coast.
Here featuring in thesardine.co.za, correspondent Marc Lange and his mates Koos and Andre Viviers reveal their catch from a days fishing out of Skollie Beach, on the KZN South Coast.
Catches like these are associated with the sardine run – this kind of fishing doesn’t happen every day – that for sure!
It’s been a great sardine and fishing run this year. The sardines have not pulled in en masse and their sporadic and widely distributed migration makes humans and fish alike come alive with the sardine fever.
The fish are notably shallower in the sardine run, and many musselcracker are being reported too.
Deep sea fishing during the sardine run…Andre Viviers and a beautiful musselcracker taken shallow off Shelley Beach.
That smile is says it all…the Geelbek love the sardine run too. Luckily they stick around for quite some time longer after the sardines have vanished. Geelbek are consistently being caught right up and down the entire eastern coastline at the moment.
Its all about the shad fishing this perfect morning on the eastern seaboard. The sun rose to greet a multitude of hungry shadders jostling for a chance at fresh fish for breakfast.
This shot was taken at The Block in Port Shepstone where fish were coming out one every five minutes. With many lines in the water, its just pleasurable fishing and everyone seems to be obeying the rules.
The biggest news so far is of a spearo at Pumula yesterday afternoon. Jumping in on lone shoal of sardines he saw and shot kingfish, Kob and grunter, all on one dive.
Click here for the full story and to check out Duarte’s encyclopedial new Bazaruto marlin fishing and gamefishing website fishbazaruto.com.
Catching gamefish like crazy and even a marlin, quite a handsome one at that, 400lbs plus, in the middle of winter. Just goes to show that those waters are favourable to billfish year round, and although November and April are insanity on a stick – any time of the year will do.
An excerpt from Duarte’s report…
“We decided to head up north on our first day and got onto some tuna mid morning. Being the marlin aficionados we are we decided to live bait a small juicy YFT – maybe to much optimist to do during the peak of winter – but after all we have caught good marlin on all calendar months and within 30 minutes we had a take from a 400 plus pound Black. Unfortunately the circle never found the spot and after a big run the fish through the bait on it´s first jump. Disappointing but still nice to see a good size fish in the middle of winter.”