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20kg Garrick story by The Bear

Jason Heyne of the Master Watermen and his Margate shot Garrick with the kids

20kg Garrick story by The Bear

Main question I got asked on the busy beach after the dive “How long did it take to shoot this fish?”.

Followed by ”how deep/far out?” which is the usual question besides “what about Sharks!”.

Answer to the first question if you ignore the long drive and various stops to check for right conditions and you start the dive from when I entered the water from the beach…I would say about 5 minutes to 8 minutes tops! The fight and landing (hands on the fish and the usual barb/knife to the brain) there of another 10 to 15 minutes!

But..big BUT!!

I have been looking for a Garrick/Leervis (Lichia amia) of
over 20kg since I started diving in KZN waters for just over 26 and a half years! (give or take a couple of days and hours!) So 26 and a half years and 5 minutes is the correct answer!

Lost a beast in 14m two years back North coast and missed one close to this weight 2 years before at the same spot but backline, waited too long to take the shot being greedy and checking the shoal of 20 odd fish for a bigger one first!

The swim out was quick in the rip current on the south side of the point and I had just got positioned in the 2knt SN current (4m depth to sand on my left and 3m to the slope of point bricks/structure on my right on the southern end Garrick still being on the up run so facing south). I always put Camera with head strap on first before deploying my flasher so looked down quickly to my waist to get the camera out my shuttle crayfish bag and in doing so caught sight of the single Garrick just in line with me coming past me already to my left on the sand just in visibility (6m).

Quick instinct duck dive with the fish head down and moving fast it was just out of range so two fast kicks and a grunt got him to turn slightly and pause just long enough to plant a decent long-range shot just behind the dorsal fin mid-body…shot was good but that noise (DOOF) on impact told me that the spear had not passed through (hit the spine and the spear ran up it towards the swim bladder area). So I let the fish run with the float line rig and float. The fish then decided that the horizon out to sea looked good and subbed my float and so began the fastest 300m swim of my life!

Eventually, I caught up with my float which had now returned to the surface grabbed the stringer and put the camera on whilst being towed a bit. Viz was better out deeper and when I had the spear running line in my hands I could see the spear was pulling but luckily I dive with two guns with the second gun a 130 reel gun on my belt reel and managed to plant the second shot seen in the picture.

Jason Heyne of the Master Watermen and his Margate shot 20kg Garrick
Jason Heyne of the Master Watermen and his Margate shot 20kg Garrick

My dive mate Paul Roxburgh thought I was seriously deviating from the dive plan at first but then saw that I was doing full on Freestyle and thought maybe I had shot a big Cape yellowtail or Daga Salmon but obviously could not keep up and was 100 odd meters behind me inshore! Excellent camera work Paul…thank you!

20kg Garrick are spear destroyers of note…the brand new 7.5mm spear from Rob Allen is still exactly that…brand new no bend whatsoever! Top kit and master engineering!. Aweh!

At just over 20kg I am super stoked and the epic run and fight made it awesome to say the least…will drop a link to the footage when I edit and upload to Master Watermen YouTube channel!

As always dive safe and straight spears…

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South African freediving champion films KZN South Coast’s Sardine Run

Beth Neal freediving in Sardine Run 2020
South African freediving champion films KZN South Coast’s Sardine RunBeth Neale, the four-time South African Freediving Champion, the African Continental Record Holder for no-fins freediving, renowned ocean conservationist and filmmaker, headed to the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Coast where she has taken to the water to experience, first-hand #thegreatestshoalonearth. Beth has captured some never-before-seen footage of the Sardine Run which will soon be released (a taste of which can be seen on the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page.) “This year’s Sardine Run has been described as one of the biggest in over a decade,” said CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), Phelisa Mangcu. “As well as providing food security for so many of our local fishermen and communities, the Sardine Run is a phenomenal experience to witness from both the beachside and within the ocean. We are so excited to have freediving champion, Beth Neale, on our shores, sharing footage of this incredible oceanic migration which has become synonymous with the KZN South Coast.” Originally from Johannesburg, ‘mermaid’ Beth is currently living on the KZN South Coast, having only just broken her own ‘no fins’ freediving record by diving to 50m in Bermuda last year while raising over $20,000USD (more than R340 000) to teach children ocean conservation and freediving. An avid ocean lover, adventure-seeker and passionate conservationist, Beth couldn’t miss the opportunity to experience the planet’s greatest biomass migration – the annual Sardine Run. Using a Gopro camera, drone, and Insta360 360-degree camera, Beth and her team were able to capture a completely unique all-round view of the Sardine Run which will give viewers the chance to experience it from the comfort of home. “What an incredible feeling to freedive into millions of sardines!” she said of the recent diving adventure. “I feel so fortunate, as most people only get to see the sardines as they are hauled onshore in nets, sold in crates on the roadside, or even in a can. Underwater, you get to see these fish in their true glory, shimmering with iridescence as they move, mesmerisingly, together as if one massive organism. Once you penetrate the top layer, they realign above you, blocking out the sun so everything goes dark. It’s quite intimidating!” Beth dived near Scottburgh on the KZN South Coast where she described one of the shoals as being 12 metres deep and the length of a rugby field: “I was shocked when I saw the drone footage, as I had no idea how big the shoal was. I thought it was small and I was managing to keep up with it for an hour as I swam against the current!” She said that, alongside the masses of sardines, she got to experience swimming with some of the apex predators taking advantage of the wealth of food on offer: “There were hundreds of sharks swimming through the shoal, feeding, and they nearly bump into you as they fly by. Luckily, they only have one thing on their minds – sardine snacks!” The annual Sardine Run attracts local and international attention, having featured on wildlife documentaries across the globe. Beth described it as ‘a bucket list item for international travellers and film crews – and for locals too!’. “My hope is that, through my content, others will be inspired to travel to our coasts and experience the beauty of our oceans,” she continued. “As a filmmaker, my mission since lockdown has been to document the impact of the pandemic on coastal communities and inspire others to get back to nature as lockdown restrictions lift.” Beth will also be shooting footage of the Marine Protected Area and world renowned KZN South Coast diving site, Aliwal Shoal, hoping to capture more shots of indigenous shark species and their activities. USCT is keeping everyone connected to the Sardine Run digitally during lockdown by uploading videos, images and up-to-date information. Check out the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page and @infosouthcoast on Twitter for breath-taking images, including aerial and underwater footage, such as supplied by Beth Neale. For more information about the KZN South Coast and USCT, visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za or download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app to find a local supplier. To follow Beth Neale’s incredible adventures, follow @onebreathbeth on Instagram or visit www.aquasouls.com. /ENDS High resolution images are available upon request. IMAGE CREDIT: Dr Ryan Daly CAPTION: South African ‘Mermaid’ freediving champion Beth Neale has captured unique footage of this year’s bumper sardine run on the KZN South Coast. Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is keeping everyone connected to the Sardine Run digitally during lockdown by uploading videos, images and up-to-date information. Check out the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page and @infosouthcoast on Twitter for breath-taking images, including aerial and underwater footage, such as supplied by Beth Neale. For more information about the KZN South Coast and USCT, visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za or download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app to find a local supplier. 54622835c1acd71410b0329093eebf3f.jpeg 383ad187b049bcae9e957cbfc8eeaa65.jpeg cd001e0e33cb04f87e83e1a78570e911.jpeg About Ugu South Coast Tourism Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation of the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The Ugu District comprises four local municipalities that include Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni. USCT’s mandate is to grow tourism within the KZN South Coast. This involves implementing marketing and development initiatives that are aimed at showcasing the diverse offerings and experiences of the South Coast as tourist destination. A board of directors oversees USCT, headed by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu. About KZN South Coast Known as the ‘Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom’, the KZN South Coast stretches 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and inland to Harding. Here, the spirit of adventure can be discovered among the many cultural experiences, as well as the 35 nature trails and 58 beaches, ideal for activities like river rafting, abseiling, suspension bridges, paintball, surfing, SUP, canoeing, beach horse rides, shark cage diving and free diving. Nicknamed ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses on the KZN South Coast ranging in difficulty, with endless hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails for more rugged excursions. Promoting sustainability, the KZN South Coast has a growing agri-tourism sector that offers world-class produce and hosts tours and excursions. The region boasts a number of permanently managed Blue Flag beaches, and is home to some of the world’s top diving sites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The originality continues with the annual Sardine Run, coined the #GreatestShoalonEarth, which is the largest biomass migration on earth and a marvel to witness. The region’s many nature reserves are inhabited by indigenous bird and wildlife, and it holds the title for ‘smallest desert on earth’, The Red Desert in Port Edward. The KZN South Coast is a fast-emerging MICE destination which also plays host to a number of high-profile events including the The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.
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Sharks in the Shorebreak! Sardine Report July 2018

Sharks in the Shorebreak! Sardine Report July 2018

Sharks in the Shorebreak! Sardine Report July 2018: It’s been an incredible sardine run this 2018 with images of the good old days seen all over. Sharks right in the shorebreak gorging themselves. Nets filled daily. Spin casters everywhere. Kids with packets. Grannies with washing baskets. Traffic jams for miles!

The sards have featured at literally every beach up and down from Port Edward and even past Durban. They were at Ballito recently! However, some beaches are very popular with the sards – The Sandspit, Pumula, Scottburgh and a few others have seen non-stop action.

Enjoy the shark video submitted by Dez way down on the lower south coast somewhere. Thanks Dez!

Fishing

As usual, the fishing has been a tad slower than what would be expected. The fish are actually everywhere. Yellowfin tuna, couta, snoek and all vie with dolphins and all sorts for the bounty. A good bit of advice from the old timers – don’t fish with sardines in the sardine run!

Shark anglers are having the most fun. The guys down at Port Edward have refined their attack to include drones that drop their baits off way out the back. With amazing results. The controversy over drone use has however also been on the rise.

Spearfishing

And from Jason Heyne, underwater correspondent and veteran spearfisherman…with his report from just before the weekend.

The diving conditions have been average this week with 3 or 4 days being diveable. The sardines down south coast are attracting some decent fish inshore with wahoo, sailfish and daga salmon coming out. Saturday a moderate south west blows all day with the swell running at just a tad over 2m. Sunday the south west continues to blow and it starts dropping off around mid day with a 2m swell running all day. So Saturday early and Sunday afternoon might be diveable. Andrew gets his first saily and fish of the week and Dean gets club merit fish of the week with a decent winter garrick.
We are having our 8th annual crayfish comp on the 4th of August which is always a cracker event. Family welcome at the weigh in at The lapa pool area at Wings Virginia airport. Wors rolls and cash bar. Entry forms available at Freedivers and email umhlangaspearos@gmail.com .
As always dive safe and straight spears
And the very interesting and informative gallery that always comes with Jason’s reporting…

This report was sponsored by Splash Saverite in Port Edward. Right close to the infamous Splash Rock fishing spot, pop in for latest catches and good advice on fishing the KZN South Coast and into the nearby Transkei Wild Coast.

The Sardine Report July 2018 was brought to you by Splash Saverite in Port Edward. Full of fishing tackle and advice.
The Sardine Report July 2018 was brought to you by Splash Saverite in Port Edward. Full of fishing tackle and advice.

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KZN Spearos enjoying clear diving conditions

KZN Spearos enjoying clear diving conditions

Clean and clear diving conditions last week. For a change! Says spearfishing scribe Jason Heyne.

The diving conditions last week were slightly above average with good weather . Big queen mackerel and ambers are coming out. Saturday a moderate northeast was forecast and played out with  a 1.6m swell running. Sunday the northeast wind was up early morning with a light offshore blowing switching to a light onshore later on with a 1.7m swell running. Viz was reported north and south. Club merit fish of last week went to Dylan with his 1st yellow fin tunny and fish of the week goes to Neil with his pending SA record amber! As always dive safe and straight spears.

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Jason Heyne checks in with Spearo news weekly

Weekly Spearo report by Jason Heyne

Jason Heyne checks in with Spearo news weekly

Jason Heyne checks in with Spearo news weeklyreporting typical summer conditions and species.

Well the diving conditions this week have been tough. The sea came right today (Friday) after a few days of big swell . King and queen Mackerel are around with some big ambers out deep. Saturday the swell is minimal and the wind switches from a light south east in the morning to a light northeast in the afternoon. Sunday the swell picks up to 1.8m and the northeast freshens towards midday . Travis gets club merit fish of the week with his first cape knifejaw and Don gets fish of the week with a 17kg cracker. As always dive safe and straight spears.

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December 2017 Spearo Report

Spearo Report December 2017

December 2017 Spearo Report

Jason Heyne checks in with a December 2017 Spearo Report for the KZN waters.

“The diving conditions were appalling over December. Far north was the best option. Saturday and Sunday are dominated by big East swell and strong north east wind. So no diving this weekend. Peter Jacobs managed to get a damn fine eelskin rockcod and Brent Borstlap got a marlin. As always dive safe and straight spears.”

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2018 Couta season starting early underwater

Couta season starting early

2018 Couta season starting early underwater

Couta season seems to be well underway, according to the spearos. They have been shooting quite a few for this early in the game. Any fish before December is noteworthy. So maybe this augers well for another good season of couta fishing.

Jason Heyne checks in with his ever-reliable weekly spearfishing report…

“The diving conditions this week have been well below average with a couple of storms and heavy rain mucking up the ocean. Some Cape tail and the odd couta are making an appearance. Saturday a moderate south West blows dropping off later in the day with the swell running at 1.5m . Sunday light variable wind all day and negligible swell. So it looks like Sunday is go day if you can find some viz between the river water. No fish of the week is an indicator of how bad the conditions have been. We have our club AGM on December the 1st so please pay club fees before then so you can join in the fun. As always dive safe and straight spears.”

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Croc Couta by Marco van Wyk opens the season

Croc couta by Marco van Wyk Nov 2017

Croc Couta by Marco van Wyk opens the season

This Croc Couta by Marco van Wyk opens the season for our favourite summer gamefish – the couta! This a real nice and early fish and bodes well for another bumper couta season. The smaller fish usually swim by this early, the bigger couta show up in April or so. And hang around right into August, before disppearing for a few months again.

The diving conditions this week have been below average with cold water and fish being sporadic. Some good fish did come out though. Saturday the east blows from early morning and the swell runs at two meters plus. Sunday we have more East with the swell dropping off later in the day. So it looks like it’s a family weekend. Well done to Bryce Buis on getting fish of the week a 37kg GT and Marco Van Wyk getting club merit fish a decent Croc couta! As always dive safe and straight spears.

Jason Heyne

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Spearo species comp on in Durban today 5 Nov 2017

Blacktip kingfish speared off Durban

Spearo species comp on in Durban today 5 Nov 2017

Jason Heyne checks in with his ever reliable spearfishing report for the KZN coastline…

The diving conditions this week improved quite a bit compared to the last three weeks. Plenty bait ball action on the go north and south. Saturday a moderate to fresh north east blows with swell running at 1.4m. Sunday light variable wind all day with minimal swell. Viz was reported both north and south. Biggest fish of the week goes to Stephen with a 14 kg garrick and club merit fish Quintin White with a 9kg blacktip kingie. Our species comp is on for tomorrow and I expect some decent fish to be weighed in. Good luck to all entrants. Weigh in is at Freedivers Renaldo Rd at 3pm. As always dive safe and straight spears

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Shooting fish in KZN waters with Jason Heyne

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Shooting fish in KZN waters with Jason Heyne

Shooting fish in KZN waters with Jason Heyne weekly, a great source of intel for anyone wanting to know what is actually going on with the fish in our waters. Although the garrick and kob may not be really on the bite yet, they certainly are seen patrolling up and down the coast. It’s nice to hear the geelbek are coming in shallow – a good sign that there are still a few about…over to you Jason.

“The diving conditions have been above average this week. Garrick, wahoo, daga salmon, geelbek and brusher have been coming out. Saturday the north east has blown thro the night and drops off midmorning switching to a moderate south West with the swell running at 1.5m. Sunday morning a light offshore blows switching to a light to moderate south West later in the day with the swell running at 2.2m..so it looks like Saturday is go day for a dive. Viz was reported south and North today. Well done Quintin White on getting both club merit and biggest fish for the week a 18.5kg (gutted) wahoo!  As always dive safe and straight spears. ”

And the gallery to go with the weekly story…

 

The Fish Eagles of the Umzimkulu wake lodge guests at the Umzimkulu Marina, each morning. Don't worry though, they start at a reasonable hour - fishing time!
The Fish Eagles of the Umzimkulu wake lodge guests at the Umzimkulu Marina, each morning. Don’t worry though, they start at a reasonable hour – fishing time!

This weeks spearfishing report by Jason Heyne is sponsored by the Umzimkulu Marina. The perfect spot for spearos to come and enjoy the clean and warm conditions of spring, on the KZN south coast. The water stays crystal clean right through to the summer rains, which have been coming later and later each year – leaving us with clean water right into November sometimes.

 

The launch here at the river can be otherwise and is not officially a launch site any more. But a short tow north or south gets you to really reliable and easy launch sites. Pumula is fantastic, as is Hibberdene a bit further north. Then if you can handle a queue, head to Shelley Beach, or further south to Ramsgate. These launch sites open vaste stretch of fish rich coastline for your to explore.

Shore diving is a magical prospect here on the south coast. The many points and rivers make for easy access to the backline and beyond. There is a nice strong north to south current that can fly you over scattered reef for miles.

For more information, get in touch on umzimkulu@gmail.com, or pop on over to http://umzimkulu.co.za, to make an enquiry.

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Saturdays KZN spearing report on Monday

KZN spearing report weekly correspondent Jason Heyne made the headlines of his own news column with this huge 31kg daga salmon that Jason has been hunting his whole life

Saturdays KZN spearing report on Monday

Well it’s been one of those weeks, too busy to keep up! However Jason Heyne keeps his life simple enough, and is always on time with his KZN spearing report. And this weekend was a special one as Jason humbly acknowledges the fish of the week. A fish Jason has been hunting for his whole life! A 31 kg Daga Salmon! Great fish pal! – Xona

The diving conditions this week have been above average with some decent fish coming out. Big daga salmon, garrick and brusher are around if you look for them. Saturday a light onshore blows during the day with the swell running at 1.2m. There is a swell period change and direction change so the surf might jack. Sunday the sea is like a lake and a light south West blows all day. Viz was reported south today. So both days are looking good. Well done to me (Jason Heyne) on getting biggest fish of the week and club merit fish of the week a 31kg daga salmon! we had guest speaker Markus Potgieter give as a run down on shorediving kit and rig which was most informative. We will be having a guest speaker at every club meeting from now on. Meetings are held at wings bar Virginia airport downstairs at the lapa. Braai and drinks available at the bar. Meetings are every second Thursday night from 6pm. As always dive safe and straight spears.

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Darrell Hattingh Garrick on KZN South Coast

Darrell Hattingh with his hard earned bus Garrick shot down on the KZN South Coast

Darrell Hattingh Garrick on KZN South Coast

Paradise conditions being experienced down on the KZN South Coast. Its that beautiful time of our year again. The wind calms down. The sun comes up earlier. The water stays clean.

And the Garrick are here!

As noted by Darrell Hattingh who never misses out. Living smack bang in the middle of the action on the KZN south coast, Darrell has been biding his time this year, waiting for that bus Garrick to swim around the corner.

KZN South Coast: Darrell Hattingh gets his handful of garrick each year. Spends many hours in the water on the hunt for them, you got put in the hard yards to get a fish like this bomber.
KZN South Coast: Darrell Hattingh gets his handful of garrick each year. Spends many hours in the water on the hunt for them, you got put in the hard yards to get a fish like this bomber.

 

And here it is! Not sure of the exact weight but it sure looks 20 to me. The season has been characteristic of bigger Garrick. Some absolute beauts have been coming out on rod and reel too.

 

Its almost National Garrick Day, but we got to take care of the Garrick at this their most vulnerable time. Just don’t allow anyone around you to take the piss and take too many. Even though the bag limit allows two Garrick, one is more than enough.

There are now more photos doing the round’s on Facebook, of the senseless slaughter that goes on in the Transkei. This time two idiots were photographed posing with a whole shoal of baby Garrick.

Once again, get in touch with Daff, and report any of this activity.

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Possible final sardine report for 2017

Possible final sardine report for 2017

Possible final sardine report for 2017

Possible final sardine report for 2017 – although you never know! Sometimes the sardines only come in September and later?!

Sardines have still been spotted along the backline, sporadically this last week of August 2017. With some huge fish harassing them. And now it turns into a fishing report!  It’s not just dolphins anymore, there are all sorts of predators – yellowfin tuna,

And now this turns into a fishing report!

It’s not just dolphins anymore (still plentiful, whales too), there are all sorts of predators – yellowfin tuna, garrick and snoek that are on the take right now. As the almost great 2017 sardine run runs out, the fish are getting active. Visible in flashes along the backline, smashing at baitfish all over the place. Especially since it’s spawning time right now too. So – take a photo and just chuck em back, especially now when the populations are in this vulnerable state.

On the lower south coast – shad are still easy targets – the piers at Margate and Uvongo being useable and consistent. DAFF have been maintaining a presence.

Watch out an angry garrick doesn’t smash your shad spoon in the thick of a good bite. When the shad are on, the garrick literally swim along the shore break to ambush – sometimes right in front of your eyes! Three or four at once! Keep that big stick at hand!

 

The serious guys who fish the early hours, are difficult to keep tabs on, but speaking to a few of them, in the usual carparks they haunt – it’s been a slow but consistent season for kob off the beach. Pink plastics seem to be the go down in Port Edward, but at Port Shepstone, it’s still the milky white. There are surprisingly few anglers throwing plastics (just even for daytime fish) and many good sessions are going by without being noticed.

Jason Heyne’s weekly spearfishing report shows the same garrick and kob trend. But some big king mackerel up north, between Sodwana and Vidal, are also indicative that the sardine run is well and truly done and dusted.

Len Mathews sent in this pic of his mate fishing at Cape Vidal yesterday – a lovely couta caught on a Mydo Baitswimmer #3.

A lekka Sodwana couta caught with the help of a Mydo Baitswimmer #3 provided by Len Mathews
A lekka Sodwana couta caught with the help of a Mydo Baitswimmer #3 provided by Len Mathews

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Brusher reported by KZN Spearos

Brusher reported by KZN Spearos

Brusher reported by KZN Spearos. As well as the usual suspects, posts Jason Heyne from Durban waters.

The diving conditions this week have been below average with one or two good days. A huge low pressure system has moved in and the sea is literally on its head today (Friday). Brusher have started making an appearance and the usual suspects (garrick, snook, couta and daga salmon) are around. Saturday morning the south West continues to blow dropping off during the day with the swell running at 3m dropping off to 2m late in the day. Sunday morning a light offshore wind blows switching to a moderate north east later in the day with the swell running at 1.8m. Viz was reported south today. So it looks like Sunday morning may be diveable. Well done Peter Jacobs on getting fish of the week a very respectable garrick of 16.8kg! As always dive safe and straight spears

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KZN Natal Spearfishermen vs August

KZN Natal Spearfishermen vs August

Jason Heyne cheks in with his weekly spearfishing report…

Well the diving conditions haven’t been the greatest this week  with dirty water and proper north east winds. Big daga salmon, garrick and snoek are around with the odd yellow tail making an appearance. Saturday a moderate south West blows all day with the swell running at 1.7m.  Sunday a light south East blows in the morning switching to a light south West in the afternoon with the swell running at 1.5m. Well done Drew on getting fish of the week a decent size daga salmon. Sunday morning looks like the best time for a dive.. As always dive safe and straight spears

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Spearos savour winter gamefish conditions

Winter gamefish season 2017 is ON

Spearos savour winter gamefish conditions

Jason Heyne checks in with the good news that the winter gamefish are upon us. Winter gamefish action means big fish, so be on the lookout for your trophy daga salmon or couta. – Xona

Besides the weekend the diving conditions this week have been below average. Big daga salmon are around with big winter couta making an arrival. There was some sardine netting this week but nothing like last week. Saturday a light north wind blows switching to a moderate south West late in the day and the swell runs at 1.2m.  Sunday a moderate south West blows with a 2m  swell running.  So Saturday is go day for a dive. As always dive safe and straight spears

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Richard Colyn takes the Wahoo Winter Gamefish 2017 at Vidal

Richard Colyn enjoyed top honours at the Wahoo Winter Gamefish comp, held every year in Cape Vidal.

Richard Colyn takes the Wahoo Winter at Vidal this year

The prestigious Wahoo Winter Gamefish, held every year up at the beautiful Cape Vidal, went off this weekend. More results and detail to follow, but fortunately we got a great shot of the winning fish – a 29kg wahoo.

For any spearo, the infamous and legendary competition, hosted by Wahoo each year, is the holy grail of hardcore. The wahoo are found deep off the back of Leven Point, along with sailfish and marlin, and of course, Zambies. Loads of them. They even swim in shoals there. In the shallower spots, sometimes a Giant Trevally takes the first prize.

Competition is fierce, as are the hangovers, and usually, the conditions too. The launch at Vidal is tricky on any day and often it’s too big and wild to dive one of the two days. The shore divers take extra strain, but soldier on regardless. It is usually the boat guys who get the better fish. Usually, as we remember Clive Kenton wheeling his massive winning kingfish along the beach on a borrowed bicycle one year way back then. He shot it in the pools down at Oscar Reef, a few clicks north of Vidal.

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Jason Heyne on Snoek patrol

Jason Heyne on Snoek patrol

Jason Heyne reports in with the very good news that some Natal Snoek are about. They have been spotted patrolling the backlines on the KZN South Coast, just in time to intercept the sardines if they pitch up this year.

“The diving conditions this week have been above average. The bad news is that the surf picks up Saturday and the North East is on it today (Friday). Daga salmon, big garrick and big Croc king mackerel are around with some snoek patrolling backline. Saturday there’s not much wind during the day with a light south West blowing late afternoon. Sunday a light offshore blows in the morning switching to a moderate south West which freshens later in the day. The swell runs at 1.7m Saturday and Sunday. So Saturday looks like the better day for a dive. As always dive safe and straight spears. “

Thank you Jason!

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Daga Salmon reported by Spearos

Daga Salmon reported by Spearos

Jason Heyne checks in with his weekly spearing report – this week featuring some eagerly awaited for daga salmon. They are also here for sardines, and the big ones are often caught from the shore, right in the shallows! Just please be considerate with this fragile population. The big ones are our breeding stock, and we need them alive! Take your one for the season by all means – they are a very difficult fish to catch or shoot. But leave the rest for next year! TX Jason

“The diving conditions this week have been above average. Daga salmon have made an appearance in the shallows down south, big garrick up north and decent wahoo out deep. Saturday and Sunday a light offshore wind blows in the morning switching to a light on shore in the afternoon. Swell starts at 1.5m on Saturday dropping down to 1m on Sunday. Both days are looking top for a dive. Well done John on getting fish of the week a 24.5kg daga salmon on a shore dive. Good luck to all competing in the second day of natal champs tomorrow. Viz was reported north and south today. As always dive safe and straight spears.” – Jason

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https://thesardine.co.za/?s=sardines+2017

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http://offshoreafrica.com

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http://umzimkulu.co.za

And to catch those shad…

https://thesardine.co.za/mydo/

 

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Cape Yellowtail have made their appearance in KZN

Cape Yellowtail have made their appearance in KZN

Cape Yellowtail have made their appearance in KZN

Jason Heyne reports the timeous arrival of the Cape Yellowtail, as they take their place in the lineup for free sardines…

The diving conditions this week have a good average. Cape Yellow tail have made an appearance along with daga salmon. Snoek and garrick are around in shoals. Saturday a moderate south West blows from early morning with the swell running at 1.4m. Sunday morning a light north wind blows switching to a moderate north east later in the day. I would say both mornings early are good for a dive. Well done David Aldworth on getting the fish of the week a 19kg wahoo! Good luck to all competing in the Natal champs tomorrow. As always dive safe and straight spears