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  1. Ryan steyn Jul 22, 2011 6:22 pm

    well done teddy sean well done !

  2. Rob Mackie Jul 28, 2011 12:05 pm

    Good stuff Sean, enjoying reading your articles rember when the print edition ran.

  3. SHAWEEN Aug 12, 2011 1:28 pm


  4. Shonalanga Sep 1, 2011 10:01 am

    It is a Golden Kingfish…Duarte says there are many many off Inhaca too…

  5. Duarte Rato Sep 22, 2011 5:53 am

    Yeah Sean, definitely a bluefin kingfish (caranx melampygus) – strong & beautiful litte buggers. We get them a lot up here at Baz on the shallow reefs, biggest I have caught here was about 12 kg´s. They are so aggressive they take big poppers meant for GT´s, they also love small spoons. They tend to be quiet territorial so we have a 100% release policy on them.
    Nice one and good luck for the season…
    It´s on fire up here, will send you some pics and reports

  6. roosta Sep 23, 2011 5:05 am

    nice one Shonalanga- enjoy…

  7. meeg Sep 30, 2011 1:15 pm

    Yo mate. Go catch those naughty fishies hiding in the deep blue… Only way to go from here is up! Suerte amigo.

  8. Anne Dec 17, 2011 7:35 pm

    Looks good! Hope you dudes are having fun! – Anne (the Dane)

  9. HANS THE DOCTOR Jan 9, 2012 8:49 am

    Hi Guys

    just want to say thank you a lekker morning of snorkelling, pansy shell hunting and of course fishing even tho we came back empty handed Jayden had a blast for his 6th birthday. you Guys were great had a lot of fun.

  10. davey Jan 10, 2012 11:48 am

    Hey there guys I just want to thank you again it was the best fishing trip I have ever been on and still talk about it shot for the memorys

  11. John Peel Jan 16, 2012 9:06 am

    Hey Sean, this looks lekker. Theo still talking about it and his incredible stay at our place

  12. Theo Jan 17, 2012 12:39 pm

    Definitely still talking about it and dying for some more fish, real fish!!!!

    What an incredible time we had. Thank you everyone!!!

  13. Duarte Rato Jan 21, 2012 9:11 am

    Those were two great days in December 2009 with the guys from Sangue Bom, Dave, Chris & Mucky who I had invited to come up to get some shark underwater footage for their ´shiver documentary on shark fining in Mozambique.

    Well, we all got much more than we bargained for. We got some shark footage on the first day, on the second we got some EPIC Marlin fishing!!! Here’s an extract from my log book for that day, the 8th of December!

    Calm seas with a light breeze from the NE, water color with a bit of a greenish tint and 27.8c. We got a live YFT and skipjack before putting anchor at III trees pinnacle in 29 meters of water. The skipjack was chopped by a wahoo but we put the live YFT on the rigger and started to chum. Five minutes after the guys get in the water we get a strike and hookup on 700 Black Marlin. Chaos as the fish starts to run & jump while we have 3 guys in the water and an anchor rope to deal with. Chris got the UW footage of the bite which later clearly showed the fish was wrapped around leader. Dave got in chair but we pulled after 1h45. We put lures to troll back to the pinnacle and within 15 minutes miss a strike off a 300 pound fish on the LR express and then raise a 500 pound fish on the short but get no bite out of her. Spend three hours chumming at anchor on pinnacle but no sharks – had some epic light tackle drop shoot tough, catching some great bludger kingfish. On the way back to the lodge put some lures out and after missing a strike on a fish about 200, hook a similar size for Dave which we Tag & Release.

    A great day with great friends.

    We wanted to film sharks and ended up raising 5 Marlin, losing one about 700 lbs after 1h45 and releasing a 200 pounder, this in no more than 3 hours of Marlin fishing.

    Yup, that’s the magic of Bazaruto for you!!!

  14. Duarte Rato Jan 22, 2012 8:42 am

    Marlin @ sunrise

    26th October 2010, first of a 8 day charter with father & son, Dave and Duncan Royston.

    Weather forecast predicted a 30 knot + SE winds to come in mid morning so we decided to leave very early and only do couple hours before heading for shelter.
    As it happens we hooked this small acrobatic high flying Black Marlin at sunrise that Duncan released after 20 minutes. Notice the unusual big pectoral fins and tail on this fish…a sign that it will grow very big???

    The wind come early and we had a hell of a rough trip to get back to the resort, but after such a successful start to the charter I heard no one complaining.

    Over the next 7 days we ended up having a ball and releasing another 5 Black Marlin two of which really big mama’s, estimated at 850 lbs.

  15. Duarte Rato Jan 22, 2012 8:43 am

    PS: A fine South African artist is currently painting this picture on oil & canvas…

  16. Shonalanga Jan 22, 2012 9:45 am


  17. Duarte Rato Jan 22, 2012 8:09 pm

    Yeah men, Theo & Leon experienced Baz @ it’s best..what an amazing two days in perfect flat calm seas.

    It was awesome to hear the experience from their prespectivein this article they put together.

    Yeahhhhhh, this is what dreams are made off & YES, I LOVE LIFE AND MARLIN FISHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Duarte Rato Jan 24, 2012 7:21 am


  19. meegan Jan 24, 2012 7:40 am

    hey seano. shot for this really informative update on what the hell is going on there. how do you intend getting back???

  20. Shonalanga Apr 27, 2012 7:38 am

    It even happens to the president…
    Crossing angles with Joao on the beach this morning…
    He just standing there staring into the sun, apparently flummoxed. King fish…is all he can mutter….
    His hand line gone.

  21. geraldine May 1, 2012 1:48 pm

    Wish I could work at manuel’s job and leave office and paperwork behind !

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  23. roosta May 22, 2012 4:04 pm

    hectic bru- keep up the good coverage “The haves have not a clue” Eddie Vedder

  24. Shonalanga May 22, 2012 4:23 pm

    Amazing pictures Captain!

  25. Keith May 23, 2012 6:03 am

    What a weekend that was, at least Dave’s new policy of catch and release seems to be working, even if it was unintentional. Maybe his 6 cases of 2M each day had a wee bit to do with it.
    Dave, beers do not grow in the cooler box, when they are gone, they are gone mate.

  26. Branko Jun 25, 2012 11:23 am

    Sean, let me know how can I post some photos (and comments on your site). Are you coming this side? One more week and I’m back…

    • Shonalanga Jun 27, 2012 10:42 am

      Hoi Branco…! Best for now email them to me, and then when you get back (or I get there), I will set you up as contributor…thanks man!

  27. roosta Jun 26, 2012 11:18 am

    yum- sards are full up this side- languid Winter weather i hope the fish are biting and the waves waving bru…

  28. roosta Jul 30, 2012 3:59 pm

    boom! Greg de Flap- Pescador el Grande like you bru…

  29. claudio Aug 12, 2012 9:23 pm

    My man ………sean my brother hope you well been a year exactly this month since our awsome trip planning to hit it again this month or next month bud been long overdue will keep you posted reading the article again just brought back such good memories

    Lata bud……….

  30. Shonalanga Aug 27, 2012 12:38 pm

    Nice photo Charl…! Keep up the uploading…

  31. geraldine Oct 5, 2012 3:58 am

    I would rather shop at this fantastic little shop than Woolworths any day !!!!!

  32. paul bennewith Nov 17, 2012 6:12 am

    ahoy, stop fishing and reply to our mails, you donut.Shot bru

  33. sharene Jan 26, 2013 10:37 am

    Thats the fûnniest thing ïve seën in a long time seanie thanks for the laugh….

  34. Shonalanga Feb 18, 2013 10:05 am

    Thanks to the crew of Rock Bottom in Umzumbe…for a fantastic afternoon of music and good vibes…keep it cola Noel!

  35. Berni Crewe-Brown Feb 19, 2013 6:38 am

    WEll done crew…. only sorry I couldn’t be on board too!!

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  37. Geradine Feb 28, 2013 7:07 am

    Fantastic photos especially the giraffe ! Dying to get up there again

  38. Joan Gallagher Apr 8, 2013 7:07 pm

    wish i waz there!

  39. John Apr 29, 2013 6:46 am

    Lekker Sean, are you back in Moz?

  40. vis May 25, 2013 4:32 pm

    would like to receive latest fishing news in south coast

  41. Berni May 29, 2013 7:24 am

    Great to hear your news about fishing those beautiful waters. I wish I could experience a sardine run… look forward to your coverage.. Please let me know when they are first sighted?


  42. paul cook May 29, 2013 8:32 am

    I am totally shocked to hear this sad news all strenght to family now

  43. Shonalanga Aug 8, 2013 12:32 pm

    Nice one Wayne!

  44. ravic Aug 29, 2013 5:50 pm

    goood times!Ravic

  45. Berni Oct 11, 2013 5:02 pm

    brought back fantastic memories… from the sound of the motors, to the going under the bridge…. over the breakers and out to sea… with Brian, Sean and crew… The best ever…

  46. Dave McIntyre Oct 13, 2013 10:01 am

    I have fished from Etiennes lodge for a few years now and of latley have been trying my luck with fly. Just want to ask what time of year you were there. Linga Linga Point is stunning place and I pass it heading for the deep. I will have to take a few days and try around there

    • Shonalanga Oct 17, 2013 5:25 am

      Hi Dave! We did that trip in April but it’s actually always on…at the right tide though. Very specific times. But if you get it all right…you will smoke those couta on a fly…thanks for the comment…Sean

  47. Michael Moye Nov 7, 2013 6:28 am

    I can attest to Victor as a guide – the combination of his excellent English, cool personality, knowledge of the area, is the best I’ve come across in the 3 yrs I’ve been coming to Tofo. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  48. Adriaan Booysen Nov 26, 2013 10:31 am

    Great read! Expertly written! I wish you a speedy recovery Charl. I’ll remember shoes when we come for holiday in December.

  49. Jeromy Dacey Dec 14, 2013 4:18 am

    Nice shonalanga, like your tag and release. Did you see the pics doing there rounds on FB of the ski boat that toppled of Panama and the marlin that got away?

    • Shonalanga Dec 16, 2013 1:33 pm

      Thanks Jeremy. Yes I believe the guys basically reversed the boat into and under the sea, backing down on the fish?!

      …is a link to a wierd compilation video of a boat(s) going down. Cheers for now!

  50. craig Freshwater Jan 7, 2014 1:37 pm

    do you do international deliveries from your online store? could not see any info or int delivery costs, also could not see any other products other than the Mydo baitswimmers

    DBN boy in the UK

  51. Shonalanga Jan 13, 2014 7:13 pm

    Nice Flo! Keep it up man!

  52. Bernadette Crewe-Brown Jan 20, 2014 6:04 am

    Hi Sean

    Thanks for these really interesting articles and photos. Mark and I snorkeled off false Bay on Saturday. Me without a wet suit. Quite awesome for these waters.

    Wish we were closer,


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  54. Protect The Ocean Jan 24, 2014 8:30 am

    Thank you for your kind words, and for telling other about the atrocities being done by the Faroe Island people, and also by Japanese dolphin hunters in Taiji.

    Protect The Ocean

  55. Berni Jan 27, 2014 6:44 am

    I cant access avaaz to vote… says their band width is finished.

  56. Michael Moye Jan 27, 2014 9:45 pm

    Just re read it and loved every sentence. You captured the soul of that amazing trip. And that Action Boat rules the waves!

  57. Berni Feb 6, 2014 1:32 pm

    OH my gosh… Well done Renske, what a lovely fish…

    and oh my gosh, how calm the sea was after our jaunt on Saturday!!! Would so love to chat with you Sean,

  58. shane Feb 10, 2014 1:08 pm

    Thanx for the awesome fishing bro whn I get back wanna
    Do it again

  59. Brad May 9, 2014 9:38 am


  60. Shonalanga May 14, 2014 7:48 pm

    Wow Duarte, looking back over these posts just amps me up so for this next season…see you on that cauldron again soon!

  61. George Werner May 15, 2014 7:18 pm

    Enjoy it while it last, awesome.

    • Shonalanga May 15, 2014 7:38 pm

      Thanks George! On it tomorrow again!

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  63. gwav Jun 10, 2014 10:23 pm

    rhodes university in grahamstown have a unique programme going where they breed weevils that only eat hyacinth. they give the bugs out for free – check it out

    • Shonalanga Jun 13, 2014 11:31 am

      Fantastic and thank you for helping. We are all at it again on Saturday! We will meet about it there and make a plan…

  64. Shonalanga Jun 14, 2014 10:58 am

    The first volunteer today here is very little Savannah amped to provide encouragement.

    The ‘Indian Rope Trick’ held the aliens at bay nicely this week.

    The pile is piling up…it stinks a bit but just seems to dry up in the sun.

    OK, so it’s all on down on Banana Beach today… see you here!

  65. roosta Jul 9, 2014 2:58 pm

    so they not just in tins hey..? I hope not but methinks them Chinese swooped in a few years ago and netted the greatest shoal on earth long time ago! hope i’m wrong though!

  66. morne Jul 10, 2014 10:47 am

    Stuff the sardines, where is that place, revering to the arial pic with the perfect wave, perfect dive spot!

    • Shonalanga Jul 10, 2014 12:03 pm

      Yeah man! I know where it is…pretty inaccessible…doubt it has a name…but what a spot!

  67. Shonalanga Aug 5, 2014 9:02 am

    Maybe it’s just a mullet…that fish…but nice shooting Jay!

  68. roosta Aug 11, 2014 8:26 am

    go surf when the river closes- Barco Onda!

  69. Shonalanga Aug 11, 2014 8:29 am

    Can’t wait!

  70. roosta Aug 21, 2014 4:27 pm

    small change can make a big change well done to everyone involved…

  71. Craig Wilson Aug 22, 2014 9:12 am

    Those things look fun 🙂

    • Shonalanga Aug 23, 2014 7:11 am

      Yip! Thanks Craig…going fishing with it now!

  72. Robbie Aug 23, 2014 2:25 pm

    No well Lukka, check you with your cooler box and solar panel soon !!!

  73. roosta Sep 10, 2014 5:53 am

    eish- I remember the tuna fishing in Hout bay all those magic specimens we caught in one season- a final proliferation? i hope not…

  74. roosta Sep 20, 2014 10:42 am

    yeah Fever…

  75. Ian Hart Sep 23, 2014 6:03 pm

    Dear friends

    I am looking for information about a company called The Shepstone Whaling & Fishing Company that may have caught whales from a base at Port Shepstone between 1912 and 1915. Can anyone tell me anything about this business, where its factory was located & etc..

    Many thanks

    Ian Hart

  76. Shonalanga Oct 15, 2014 12:30 pm

    Catch information finally submitted by Dane Elliott – the fish weighed in at a whopping 23kg’s – 50 lbs! It was caught on a live tilapia, in a damn in the Umzumbe area.
    The best part of the story is the 7kg line on a super light outfit, making for a 45 minute fight!
    The fish swam away in a perfectly happy state after being released…

  77. roosta Oct 16, 2014 10:08 am

    true that- synchronicity can be dangerous- especially in the ‘kei… great read Shonalanga

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  82. roosta Nov 16, 2014 8:55 am

    classic old skool preaching the freedom of surfing to the groms- don’t forget Johan Bergh though too he was in the mix thick as editor too…

  83. roosta Nov 30, 2014 3:58 pm

    so hard for the people- and one less creature from the depths, excellent story Shonalanga I loved and hated reading it RIP Clive or whatever his name was…

  84. Angela Garrow Jan 13, 2015 4:19 am

    Hi Bruno, long time no hear!! Just talking to my son about you and decided to see if I could find anything on the Internet about you. Email me, I’d love to catchup!!
    Love Ang xx
    Ps. I’d heard from Carol years ago about your experience at Phi Phi… wondering what you’re up to. Come and see us in NY someday!!

  85. roosta Jan 23, 2015 5:16 pm

    yes man what a story thanks Sean, and of course Ouisurf you Quebecalecans are hilarious- ‘malade’

  86. Geraldine Jan 25, 2015 8:30 am

    Very interesting Sean and hope people take note of your very good ideas.

  87. Shonalanga Mar 2, 2015 5:16 pm

    The team at the Umzimkulu Marina would like to thank all those who came down to the river on Sunday – and contributed to such an awesome fun and flavour filled day.
    The dorado was delicious, the amberjack rich and tasty, the redfish tender and the rockcod sweet as.
    The next fish braai down at the Umzimkulu Marina will take place on the last Sunday of March – this next event will play host to stalls and displays aswell as the usual fishy attractions…
    For more information and to get involved, email

  88. Berni Crewe-Brown Mar 17, 2015 12:37 pm

    Hey Sean,

    Pity more knowledgeable peeps like you aren’t around to supervise. But there is a bit of a resurgence of fish there now compared to 10 -20 years ago?

  89. roosta Mar 18, 2015 4:05 pm

    such a magic place, and an even better story nice one Shonalanga shine on….

  90. Shonalanga Jun 2, 2015 12:34 pm

    Nice work Buzz that Transkei is full of waves man!

  91. Bernard Sep 8, 2015 9:47 am

    Nice article Sean! Fun and crazy times!

  92. Shaz Oct 3, 2015 1:33 pm

    Hi! We have almost run out of stock 🙂 would Shaun please bring us some more. have a great day!

    • Shonalanga Oct 5, 2015 9:53 am

      Yowser thanks Sharon that’ great! I be in Port St. Johns the weekend…see you then!

  93. Egriffin Oct 3, 2015 2:13 pm

    A that is ILLEGAL

    B these people deserve to burn and rot in the fires of hell

    • Shonalanga Oct 19, 2015 7:12 am

      Hey Eleanor, for sure, they breaking the law. But it’s the law that has these guys so compromised in the first place…one thing is for sure…it does not have to be this way. The people in charge of the country, it’s their unsealed can of worms…we just have to publicise these incidents, and hope, to bring about change some day soon…

  94. Brad Oct 12, 2015 5:22 pm

    Wtf-you really really shouldn’t eat your live bait tsk tsk.Looking at the eyes carefully I noticed serious cateracts -maybe a case of mistaken identity!Well done Shonalanga-I definately went one of those lures as I’ve never pulled a cateracted Garrick-new species for me

    • Shonalanga Oct 19, 2015 6:47 am

      Shot man Brad! In the Cape now but when I get back lets go catch some! Got two sharks at Kabeljouws in Jbay yesterday – what fun, sharks in an around the bathers, never mind the surfers…

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  97. Marius Hattingh Mar 2, 2016 3:44 pm

    Good site .keep up the good work.

  98. Dave Siebert Apr 8, 2016 4:52 pm

    I am a 59 year old pensioner and found the Rock to be a real place of relaxation being able to listen to the many variations of musicians who have played there. The staff have always been pleasant and accommodating and the food was definitely value for money . For the life of me and with such limited entertainment in the surrounding areas I CANNOT understand why anyone would want to shut the place down.In terms of both local entertainment and tourism the one thing that the area requires is places where people can interact and this in my opinion is very short sited. Whatever the reason whether vindictive or otherwise this is a bad business decision and really needs to be seriously re considered. As a suggestion why don’t the party who wants the place closed down visit the place and see what benefits it to the locals and tourists as well as what our local musicians add as opposed to still trying to revert the South Coast to a 3rd world backyard tourist destination.

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    Well done Brian and Mark.

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  134. Carl Herbst Aug 15, 2016 12:58 pm

    Am I the only one wondering why the author has a spinning rod on his knee behind the fish? Why do that if you caught it on fly…just my thoughts

    • Shonalanga Aug 18, 2016 11:07 am

      Ha ha, are you a fish catch investigator? Maybe get a job at igfa? Cool thanks for comment though…

  135. Carl Herbst Aug 18, 2016 8:40 pm

    Hey I just call it as I see it….

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  137. Piet Pretorius Aug 22, 2016 11:07 pm


    Ek hoop ek is by die regte person. Sover ek kan onthou het jy vir my gese dat jy Light Tackle hengel vir Namibia. Ek vervaardig GARIEP SUPER DIPS en het jy so n paar jaar terug vir my gevra oor my produkte o.a. G-String wat glo goed gewerk het vir Muddies in die Hartdam.
    Ek verneem dat julle die Wereld Kampioenskappe by Gariep Dam gaan hou binnekort. Ek is tans woonagtig by Gariep Dam en as jy jou mail adres vir my kan stuur, kan ek fotos van my produkte vir jou stuur. Namibia, Zimbawe asook S.A het onlangs ook hier gehengel en het die S.A. Span basies met van my produkte o.a my Fish Bullets gehengel. As julle wel hier kom hengel, laat weet my en ek kan julle baie help.


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    • Shonalanga Aug 23, 2016 10:16 am

      Howzit there. Shall pass this on to Leon for you. Sean

  138. Justin Stevens Aug 23, 2016 2:35 am

    I live in Canberra, Australia and I’m trying to track down the origins of a board I picked up recently. It’s got ‘WEDGE’ in Gothic letters on the deck. From the shape, length (5’6″ x ~20″) and Greenough flexie fin, plus no where for a leg rope to attach I’m guessing it’s late 60’s early 70’s vintage. In pencil in capitals is Paul Scott 5’6″. Is this one of yours from back in the day?

    • Shonalanga Aug 23, 2016 8:56 am

      Wowser man. Great find. Will send this on to Wedge here in Umzumbe. Regards. Sean

  139. Geraldine Sep 8, 2016 1:36 pm

    I read your poisntg and was jealous

  140. James Sep 9, 2016 2:43 am

    A great artice! If you want some helpful infrormation about spearfishing then might come in handy

  141. Michael Gormley Sep 13, 2016 9:20 pm

    Back in 1996 I stayed at Brian Dave’s house in Joburg for 6 days. What an apselutly amazing person. I purchased a lot of lures off him, and Fished them in Madagascar , with great success. Xmas I will be using them in Mozambique. What ever happened to dear Brian ? Did he sel his invention. It would be nice to hear from you guys.

    • Shonalanga Sep 15, 2016 11:36 am

      Hi Michael. Brian is fishing the clear blue waters of heaven. A few years back. Thank you for making contact. Gill is living with daughter Megan or Karen. Gill called me out of Mozambique to take on The Mydo. Third year and I think I almost have it right, I was involved from the very beginning. I am on anytime. Cheers. Sean

    • Shonalanga Sep 15, 2016 11:37 am

      Hi Michael. Just resending to make sure…Brian is fishing the clear blue waters of heaven. A few years back. Thank you for making contact. Gill is living with daughter Megan or Karen. Gill called me out of Mozambique to take on The Mydo. Third year and I think I almost have it right, I was involved from the very beginning. I am on anytime. Cheers. Sean

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  144. Shonalanga Sep 20, 2016 1:41 pm

    Michael did you receive my message from yesterday?

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  146. Shonalanga Oct 26, 2016 9:21 pm

    A thought and a prayer for the souls lost at sea…

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  148. alon adani Jan 8, 2017 1:35 pm

    Shalom from Israel I would like to buy your equipment
    Waiting for reply
    Alon Adani

    • Shonalanga Feb 3, 2017 5:23 pm

      Hi Adani, please check out Rob Allen shop – David Kosta, in Israel, he has stock…or buzz me again. Regards. Sean

  149. Lekker Feb 5, 2017 12:37 pm

    Thanks chaps the garrick never returned home down south after last run north to eat and breed. This year 2016/17 has been a no show. Seems too many got kept and shot last run up the coast. We release all of them down south, their numbers are severely depressed compared to years prior. Every sardine run they take a battering and do not recover. Awesome.

    • Shonalanga Feb 7, 2017 7:14 am

      Howzit Lekker! One of my main motivations for running this rag, is to document everything, for future reference. Many thanks for your interest in our poor Garrick. And yes, the fact that you can’t release a fish with a hole through it’s head, is tough. But surely there must be a way of making it more sporting than perceivably, commercial. An idea for our spearfishing dilemma – put a GoPro on your gun. Put a tagging plate and tag on your spear. And start tagging like all the rest of us? Selectively spearfishing targets breeding stock. This is a problem. Especially during competitions, where the slaughter goes unchecked. Let’s have our first tag and release spearfishing event? Fairs fair. – Sean

  150. Mark Wittleton Feb 18, 2017 9:57 am

    Thanks for the article. Very sorry to hear that Clive is no longer with us.
    Googled African Vibrations our of curiosity because as a teenage oz surfer travelling SA in ’72 I met Clive at Vic Bay in Easter that year. Surf was epic, the crew that arrived from Capetown were awesome and included the stars of the day, Gavin, Jonathan, Peers etc. Coming from Lennox Head where Greenough had set up residence I had crossed over to knee boards. Ventured out on the classic ten foot day, saw a hilarious incident when a guy on a plywood belly board with twin metal fins ran right over the top of Gavin who rolled over to escape personal injury but his board copped full brunt with both the metal fins jammed into the rail. It took a while to seperate the boards, while a clean up set rolled through. Gavin naturally was doing his block. Anyway back to the point, upon coming in I met Clive, a really genuine bloke I recall, mentioned the name of the movie he was making and invited me to travel up the coast to be a part of the movie, unfortunately I was going south at the time so nothing came of it. Would love to know if there was a kneeboard rider in the Vic Bay sequence. Thanks again for the blast from the past at a magic place and time.
    Mark W.

  151. Charl Feb 23, 2017 9:57 am

    Hi, I’m interested in purchasing a beach trolley. Can you send me a contact number, I want to find out about shipping etc.
    Thanks Charl

  152. Charl Feb 23, 2017 11:28 am

    Hi, I’m interested in purchasing a beach trolley. Can you please send me contact details.
    Thanks Charl

  153. Duarte Rato Mar 2, 2017 3:58 pm

    Yeah for sure these new rules where well overdue….but all things come to those who wait! The use of rather small topcoats (well not 5 meters) but short is the only way to go, especially if you fish day in and day out….better for the reels as no stretched mono expanding on the reel, saves you tons of money and you can easily change your main line after every big fish or whenever you think it´s appropiate without thinking of the cost, more line capacity, less stretch on the long runs etc etc etc….nicely done!!!

  154. Duarte Rato Mar 3, 2017 9:24 pm

    Well done on making bringing this into people´s awareness, itº´s such a sad, like so many happening all over the World´s Oceans! The short slightness of it is staggering, and like so many other Ocean resources, worth so much more alive than dead….for US$70 per tonne, WTF! Recently, on a business trip to Dubai, I heard first hand of yet another very sad story that I had known for years. How, the once brilliant recreational sail fishing in the area, which could have brought immense wealth, jobs and joy for years to come, was destroyed in a few years for chicken feed! I saw with my own eyes a thriving White Marlin fisheries on mainland Europe go to waste, again for chicken feed at €0.20 a kilo, in less than 4 years. It´s a hard battle against the unscrupulous, at all cost profit orientated commercial lobby´s, the apathy of regulating bodies, the nonsense blind the huggers and the misinformed public….however, that is no reason to stay idle!!!

  155. Duarte Rato Mar 21, 2017 2:25 pm

    ….just absolutely insane fishing bro!

  156. Duarte Rato Mar 25, 2017 7:28 am

    So sorry to hear….
    Rest in peace Paul….you legend!

  157. Duarte Rato Mar 28, 2017 2:11 pm

    I sincerely advise anyone interested to take part in this great get together, I have been doing so for the last 5 years and its a great time with some great people….really pissed off to be away this year….well will be catching Blue Marlin in Cape Verde (so not that bad) but will really miss it!

    Get on it and get involved!!!


  158. Dejan Vujevic Mar 30, 2017 4:23 pm

    Two fantastic days of fun, fishing, laughter and excellent company spent with Xona and Chelsea! Thanks to Xona’s excellent tips and competence, I am so stoked to have caught such an amazing fish! The spacious river boat boasts enough space for a couple of anglers to comfortably fish without having to fight for space. The great self-catering Chalets on the riverside are a fabulous place to chill after the daily (or nightly) excitement and are very comfy, clean and well-catered. A great place to chill out with an amazing view of the Umzimkulu River and the lush vegetation of its banks. I highly recommend this fantastic African fishing experience with Xona and the Umzimulu Marina! Thank you so much Xona, I will be back again next year 😉

  159. Paul Saayman - Skipper ".... Shades of Blue" May 21, 2017 7:45 pm

    Thanks Seann, great to see the Bazaruto trip articles still coming through!

    What a privilege to have Seann spend almost 2 weeks with us at Vilanculos in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Shaun is a “reel” talent at everything “Fishy”- Guide, Sushi chef, Line-man, advanced Skipper training and techniques, motor mechanic, navigator, boat electrician, live bait surgeon, fish braai master, passionate conservationist, great humour – absolute necessity in Moz … to have a really good time without taking anything too seriously, Portuguese translator, fuel jockey (one time Sean did not have a beer and almost had withdraw symptoms filling all the containers through a very slow Racor filter) speary guide, lure / kona trolling technician (Yes, a guru at setting out patterns and not getting tangles – and on the one or two occasions that there was a small tangle up, NEVER blaming the Skipper! etc. etc.

    Those Mydo spoons of his should be banned when there are Queen Mackerel around (and any species near the surface for that matter!). They are so effective we had to blindfold him every time the birds gave away the Mackeral’s location between the island channels else we would never get out to the deep :). Great fun for Sean and the kids though, and those who don’t feel so good on the Ocean side of the islands, or not keen going through the ‘Washing Machine’ channels on a rough day between the Islands.

    Talking about washing machines, we (should probably be I …), learnt very quickly the power of those two 150 hp 4 stroke Merc’s – brought a whole new meaning to throttling back after punching through a wave, or is that throttling too hard to punch the wave ?? … I felt we were within less than 1 degree of doing a somersault – Sean was adamant we were not even close though but then that still does not explain why everything not tied down was now either hanging over the stern or upside down!? With some deeper water navigation through the channels, sand banks, and some very up to date Google imagery (even better than the latest Navionics downloads) by Robin (Captain Gallop – will leave that for another story, related to Rum and Raspberry – R&R! ….) and confident motivation and enthusiasm from Shaun we made it through.

    I still say leave those ‘short cuts’ through the “Washing machine” for calmer days and stick to the long way around with the deeper channels – especially when it is so rough between the islands the locals are not even going out at all! They did convince me to do the same the next day, but with more respect to the Merc’s this time we were almost through without incident until we went over a single but on heading down the swell the other side we realised it was in fact a double and its twin went almost right over the top of us!

    Lesson learnt, don’t always listen to 2 adventurer big wave surfers when in a ski boat – I now know to rather leave Sean’s short cut ideas and advice for when you’re on a surfboard! 🙂

    Good times spent with Sean and Robin – great when all aboard, and strangers only a few days before, are in such sync and same wave length with similar solutions and fish finding ideas (only grumpiness trying to satisfy 3 different tastes in music for hours on end – but harmony soon restored with due consideration by all sides eventually! :)) and ALL challenges met with a great sense of humour and always a positive side, even if it meant a bit of self BS, but never pointed out by the others! This harmony lasted until the oversize Wahoo gave Sean a nasty gash during a photo shoot (see previous photos and article) and both Robin and I were no longer his best mates – but only for a few minutes until medic Gallop had him all patched up and I found Sean some more Couta!

    … more to come… Including that you catch more fish without Heavy Rock music Robin! 🙂

    • Shonalanga May 22, 2017 10:10 am

      Capitao! Thanks for the words man! Maybe you should do this job for me rather! Hi to the (our) family! Will be posting first video later today…

  160. Guy May 30, 2017 11:08 am

    Guys take care not to shoot large garrick, they are under extreme pressure. The last summer the eastern cape had its first year without garrick returning form up north ever..the numbers of breeding fish are that low.. Please guys..

    • Shonalanga May 30, 2017 11:42 am

      Hey dude we are with you all the way…pls stay in touch and let us know as the season comes back to you…in the meantime, yes everyone, let’s behave right in this time of crisis for the Garrick fish!

  161. Paul Jun 3, 2017 12:18 pm

    Great Article Sean – yes, shade still the best!
    Can vouch for the Pelagic gear to prevent sun burn – textiles so much better and more comfortable than any other brands available, even the other more expensive imported ones. Eight days fishing recently in Bazaruto and while mates were covering themselves in sunscreen and sweating away I was way more comfortable in my Pelagic gear – cozzie, guide shirt (best comfy quality and keeps one super cool) and cap.
    With their sunburn, even with all the sunscreen, they really struggled after the first few days – me, no burn and always cooler and more comfortable – save the sunscreen and give Pelagic a try!

  162. Ben Jun 8, 2017 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


    • Shonalanga Jun 8, 2017 3:33 pm

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

      • Ben Jun 8, 2017 4:17 pm

        Awesome… will do, thanks! Ben

  163. Paul Jun 8, 2017 5:51 pm

    What fantastic memories – gotta’ be on your fishing Bucket List, too many Queen Mackerel to handle! … and the kids had a ball for 30 minutes or os until we were all exhausted and dropped them off on the island to do some snorkelling whilst we went back out to look for those Grander’s.

    You may have read my previous post iro our two week trip to the Bazaruto Archipelago with Sean – well this is the spot in the channel, before the washing machine, I mentioned where each morning we went through we had to cover Sean’s eyes, else we would spend most of the day there catching Bonnie’s, Cuta and Sean’s favourite for the pan – Queen Mackerel and never make it out to the Deep Blue for the big ones! What a spot and well sheltered on a really rough day – Just make sure you come back through the channel just before sunset – any earlier and Sean, and any other enthusiastic light spinning tackle angler, wont leave until it is pitch dark which results in some serious and nerve racking navigation through the channels to get back to base on the mainland, dodging dhows and sandbanks along the way!

  164. Bill Govender Jun 14, 2017 8:28 am

    I have never experienced a sardine run. now that I have retired it is on my bucket list

  165. Wayne Jun 15, 2017 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

    • Shonalanga Jun 27, 2017 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!

  166. RENNIE NAICKER Jun 21, 2017 3:47 pm


  167. Joos Jun 29, 2017 1:55 pm

    The last Sardine update was 27/06/2017.
    Please can we get another update?

  168. Robert "Fly" Navarro Jul 4, 2017 4:14 pm

    Awesome!!!! Love it!!!

  169. Dave Christman Jul 8, 2017 1:50 am

    who & where was the 2017 winning fish caught

    • Shonalanga Jul 9, 2017 5:14 am

      Hi Dave…this from Fly…Done Deal Orange Beach Alabama. 600 pounds even is the leader. Photo to follow…

    • Shonalanga Jul 23, 2017 8:49 am

      Dave did you get to those results? Apologies for late reply…we published the results about a week to two back

  170. Fameeda Ali Jul 8, 2017 6:55 pm

    Hi. Are we going to see anymore sardines this year?

    • Shonalanga Jul 9, 2017 5:12 am

      Hi Fameeda. Don’t lose hope yet! Often times the sardines only really come in August or September. See you on the beach!

      • Fameeda Ali Jul 9, 2017 5:39 am

        Thank you. I pray that we do get this year.

  171. Duarte Rato Jul 11, 2017 12:21 pm

    Hey, I was not fishing in the Mozambican team…we had a couple from the US!
    There was a Mozambican team there but they where fishing on the Margaritta and not a Dhow 😉

    Yeah maybe we should enter it from Bazaruto on a Dhow next year hihihihihi!!!

    Cheers bud…


  172. Charles Jul 15, 2017 9:19 am

    Hi, any news on the sardine, can we expect some still during July

    • Shonalanga Jul 23, 2017 8:48 am

      Charles don’t give up hope man. The sea and weather conditions are the best it’s been for years. The Port St.Johns guys are having a cracker of a sardine season. Huge baitballs, all heading north. I am gathering more intel today and will publish a more thorough report when it all comes in. Tx man

  173. Charles Jul 24, 2017 7:09 pm

    Yeah, i went down to Shelly to try and get some sardines but had to fly back today!!!! Now the sars are there…. Eish

  174. ANAND NAIDOO Jul 27, 2017 9:29 am

    Sean,fantastic report,yes we are also educating DAFF in the Toti,Warner and Winklespruit areas,we also notice they lack product knowledge,however we hve no choice but to adhere to their wishes,am not sure if you are aware that they will be issuing permits to SSF in order we can sell our catches,but the big catch is that there will be a permit fee applicable,this fee has not yet been finalised.DAFF comes to Chatsworth in Aug to finalise matters,hopefully we will hve a better idea,presently we will abide by the current rules for catches

  175. Duarte Rato Aug 2, 2017 10:20 am

    Well said and written Sean, that is a disgrace…shame on them but it should be the public to not accept this shit!

    BTW, someone posted a picture of that Rat on FB saying it weighted 400 kg…that must be a very strong meneer there 😉

  176. Duarte Rato Aug 2, 2017 10:21 am

    Well said and written Sean, that is a disgrace…shame on them but it should be the public to not accept this mess!

    BTW, someone posted a picture of that Rat on FB saying it weighted 400 kg…that must be a very strong meneer there 😉

  177. Duarte Rato Aug 4, 2017 11:50 am

    Shoot bro thanks for that….

  178. Joe Dos Reis Aug 7, 2017 3:59 pm

    Hi There

    My name is Joe,I’m from Johannesburg, South Africa.
    How would i go about purchasing the beach fishing trolley. Please get back to me as i am very interested in it.

    Kind Regards Joe

  179. Shonalanga Aug 8, 2017 3:18 pm

    Ok ok, so they keep coming back. And there are rumours of politicking involved here. DAFF have asked me to avoid the Hibberdene subject for now, whilst they continue talks with the relevant stakeholders. And try to come to agreement. In the meantime?!

  180. Anna Aug 9, 2017 6:38 am

    I have copies of photos taken before humans hacked her / him up. I can get permission to share if you are interested.

  181. Edgar Lilje Aug 28, 2017 8:30 am

    You food spacials are good value and very well prepared.

    I just notice that you sell Reverse osmosis water which does not fir in with your menu.
    I would like to suggest a good natural mineral water.

    RO water is not good for you and tends to leech minreals from the body.

    But your food is very good!

  182. Andre Joubert Aug 31, 2017 9:13 pm

    Hi i will like to learn more i fishing rock and surf and keeping losing my catch

  183. Pierre Veldman Sep 3, 2017 1:19 pm

    Aweh, congratulations to the young lads on their catch. What it tasty fish for your mum. The next generation of ” Hook, line and sinker”.

  184. Pierre Veldman Sep 3, 2017 1:22 pm

    Aweh, congratulations to the young lads on their catch. What a tasty fish for your mum. The next generation of ” Hook, line and sinker”.

  185. Bruce gold Sep 19, 2017 9:56 am

    Watched with Dave Constance in j bay, stoked.why not surfsong by Dave…sucksfake….cut throat.

  186. chantz Oct 2, 2017 12:58 pm

    Hey Sardine,
    Awesome post and yes all who attended the COMPO in Ifafa Beach yesterday had an absolute blast. And no one went home empty handed.

    Thanks to all sponsors for the prizes

  187. John Oct 27, 2017 2:35 pm

    2 stroke outboards are not banned in South Africa, FYI.

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  191. Claus Andrup Dec 31, 2017 5:01 pm

    Left to right: John “Bo” Bennet (deceased), Clive “Bans” Barber (deceased), Andrew “Spange” Spengler (lives on the Big Island, Hawaii), Claus “Bosco” Andrup (lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. Long boarders from 1960s.

  192. Gerda Jan 11, 2018 4:01 pm

    Please send me more infirmation regards to your river boat trips and fees payable.

    • Sean Lange Feb 25, 2018 9:25 am

      Hi Gerda. The trips vary but a base guide is R50 per person per hour, minimum is R300. Call Geraldine on 0732711694 to arrange. Sean

  193. Greg Trimble Feb 14, 2018 9:51 pm

    Could you please send me some of your cool stickers for my tackle boxes?
    Greg Trimble
    5498 St Rte 303
    Newton Falls Ohio 44444

    • Sean Lange Feb 25, 2018 9:27 am

      Ok, what is your address pal?

      • Sean Lange Mar 24, 2018 7:59 am

        Greg I am in South Africa a few days…079 326 9671 WhatsApp me dude

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  195. Kelvin Apr 1, 2018 11:43 am

    This fish was not caught on any charter boat, it was caught on a private vessal and had nothing to do with must byt.

    • Sean Lange Apr 2, 2018 12:50 pm

      Yes you are correct. Using MustByts weigh board threw me off. Rectified. Thank you

  196. TjchoonaFish Apr 26, 2018 10:55 am

    Why do the south coast guys kill breeding stock? Just curious.. The rest of the planet seems to be trying to instill the culture of releasing breeding stock as it suits everyone with fish stocks overflowing..but on the south coast, garrick, poensie and the rest have their big breeders hammered to the detriment of the countries stock..why? Don’t fishermen there think of the future? Anyway seems strange to me.. I mean in the states their stocks of edibles are so good right now because of a sustainable fishing culture, they just catch ambers for fun and throw them back! How good does a 48KG amberjack eat anyway? 😉

  197. Les Cass Jun 10, 2018 2:45 pm

    Dont you people have a Real-Time-Live communications platform that can be joined.

    Plrase advise.

  198. Charles Jul 1, 2018 2:54 pm

    Hi Sean, hope you are doing well. I want to come down to Shelly to find some sardine for my annual fishing trip to Cape Vidal, do you think its worth my time, regards, Charles Boksburg

    • Sean Lange Jul 1, 2018 4:17 pm

      Hi Charles. Thanks for staying touch. Man, you should get down to the coast, and fast. Not only are there heaps of early sardines this year, but also red eyes and mackerel of all sizes and shapes. Such cool baits. Let me know if you are coming, I will be there tomorrow too! Cant wait! They been coming out all over the place!

  199. Anita Jul 21, 2018 5:08 pm

    Please can i have details like price please

  200. Brenda Nov 12, 2018 7:41 am

    Hi . My daughter 17yrs would like to do some lessons in December . She has never surfed before . Do you do beginner training ?

  201. Warwick Beaumont Jan 27, 2019 6:59 pm

    Just got a Barber a mate wanted to toss out
    Great story here about the early pioneers
    Now just great to sit with my Whitmore

    • Sean Lange Mar 9, 2019 9:30 am

      Ahah! Please indulge us…and thank you for the comment. Regards. Sean

  202. Sean du toit Jan 28, 2019 12:53 am

    Hi i can manufacture these trolleys for R3000 excluding shipping

    Email for info to:

  203. Schalk v d walt Jan 30, 2019 7:00 pm

    Ons vang die laaste 4 jaar in die baai julle het n puik winkel veral vandat julle hom groter gemaak het. Ek is opsoek na die wielietjies en toue op n outrigger myne werk nog op ou manier en ek wil hom verander hoop julle kan my help