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GANNETS! 2nd Sardine Report for 2024 from Kevin Qora

Gannets in 2024 Sardine Report Number Two

GANNETS! 2nd Sardine Report for 2024 from Kevin Qora

GANNETS! 2nd Sardine Report for 2024 from Kevin Qora: big thanks to Kevin in Qora for yet another report…

Kevin in Qora is keeping us on the edge of our seats as he scans the horizon north and south for signs of the incoming sardine migration. Kevin is perfectly situated in the deep south of the Transkei Wild Coast. In a beautiful place called Qora.

Kevin has splashed through many sardine runs throughout his illustrious fishing life. Along with Kevin, our network of sardine spies extends far and wide.

But we welcome any news of sightings, especially with video.

Please submit your videos or photos to umzimkulu@gmail.com and if you would like to credited, or get some exposure for your business, include a logo and a link and let’s see what we can do together.

The Sardine News Sightings Map for 2024 is being prepared at the moment and will launch within the next few days. On this map we log all verified and meaningful sightings as they occur. You can reliably use this map to plan your next sardine ambush or holiday destination.

Keep an eye out at the following hotspots for this time of the year…

Usually in these areas…

Mossel Bay

This is one of the sardine’s favourite first landing areas. Shoals can be seen way out to sea on flat, glassy days. Moving north slowly as they gather momentum and numbers.

Plettenberg Bay experiences similar action early on in the season.

Port Elizabeth

By the time they gather here, the congregation will have grown heaps. And so will the predator population that follows them. Diver operators get in on the action real early all this way down south.

More and more sardines will start to form huge shoals at this time of the run.

East London

Another favourite check-in to the sardine run for sardines. With even more predators gathering.

Port Alfred

Every year, consistently, Port Alfred receives a lot of sardine attention early.

Transkei

With Kevin in Qora reporting that gannets are already on the scene, feeding and rafting, we are pretty certain that some pilot shoals are sneaking through. These first sardines get absolutely obliterated and it just so much fun to watch.

Affiliated YouTube Channels

https://youtube.com/@waterwoes – complain here

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss out

https://youtube.com/@mydotackletalk – highly technical sport fishing

https://youtube.com/@Brucifire – entertaining surf reporting

https://youtube.com/@surflaunchingsouthernafrica – getting out there safely

Affiliated websites

https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the Umzimkulu River
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
https://thesardine.co.za – never miss a single sardine
https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there

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HECTIC Shorebreak Surf Launch at Praia do Tofo

HECTIC Shorebreak Launch at Praia do Tofo in Moz

HECTIC Shorebreak Surf Launch at Praia do Tofo

HECTIC Shorebreak Surf Launch at Praia do Tofo: This little chance clip I luckily gathered on a walk to Tofo Town recently. It is authentic cell phone material but the visual perfection of clips in this case is not the point.

The point is to learn from the carefully choreographed show put on by this captain and his crew this delightful Tofo afternoon. These guys are off on a dive or maybe even an ocean safari, I am not sure. But what I am sure of how relieved and thankful the guests and the crowd watching on the beach were after the vessel got through the waves and into the safe holding area.

The shore break here does get bigger than this. Way bigger. But even at this size, one false move and there could be disaster. The three assistants in the water with the divers perform the most vital role of keeping the bow of the boat facing directly into the oncoming waves. No matter what the size of the surf is.

Divers

The divers help most of the way, but as soon as the boat is floating they all spring aboard. This is the crucial call of the captain since the added weight of about a tonne settles the boat down into the water quite a bit. The forward momentum of the tractor push and the initial back up of everybody taking that precious momentum further, is what enables the skipper to make the call.

Crew

These three crew have a world of responsibility thrust upon them at this point. If the boat inadvertently steers itself sideways, these three guys have to counter this directional mishap fast. Sometimes there is still a diver or two available to help. Eitehr way this role is crucial and has to happen right. Every time.

Skipper

Has to then start and drop the motors to the exact right level. WHich is where if the boat is shoves backwards onto the beach, the angle doesn’t strain the transom upon impact with the sand. But then when the boat has levelled out and is floating, the props, well at least one of them, can find some purchase and egg the whole show onwards.

This carefully put together show was well appreciated by all who were there. And now you can too. I’ll take a better camera with me on my next stroll!

Here in Port Shepstone (https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za) the sardines are about to arrive!
Never miss a single sardine by staying on top of things at https://thesardine.co.za.
Stay with us in Port Shepstone at https://umzimkulu.co.za.
Check out https://mydofishinglures.co.za for more about what to do once you get out through the waves.

We can build you a website by Tiger Lily Consulting at https://tigerlilyconsulting.co.za and help you build sales. Or a complete system.

Affiliated YouTube Channels

https://youtube.com/@waterwoes – complain here

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss out

https://youtube.com/@mydotackletalk – highly technical sport fishing

https://youtube.com/@Brucifire – entertaining surf reporting

https://youtube.com/@surflaunchingsouthernafrica – getting out there safely

Affiliated websites

https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the river
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
https://thesardine.co.za – never miss a single sardine
https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there

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Perfect Launch at Ponta D Ouro

Ponta D Ouro Too Easy

Perfect Launch at Ponta D Ouro

Perfect Launch at Ponta D Ouro: arriving in Ponta D’ Oura after a five-year break and you can hardly see any change. There is hardly anything to report. Except for a few paved roads and a bunch more tourist establishments, the place has stayed exactly the same.

The same as it was 20 or even 30 years ago. The same beach vibe that begins at Ponta D Ouro – and never ends – here in Mozambique.

Diving and Dolphin Safaris

Dolphin safaris and dive boats filled with eager tourists depart from the shore break every day. There is a tidy fleet of dive boats and the odd sport fisher thrown in. The beach traffic starts early – before the sun on some days.

The conditions on this day were good. Really good. The bay at Ponta can become really troublesome when that incessant east wind funnels right in to that self same shore break.

The Launch

As you can clearly see from this perfect launch, there is a huge holding area. That you can use to get the boat right, and everybody comfortable. Then you can edge right up to the white water and simply wait for a break.

On this day any angle will do. The surf was coming out of the south at a gentle interval of about 8 or 9 seconds. Plenty time to weave a boat through and over the sandbank.

However, when the east wind whips at that nasty little close interval 6-second swell things get tricky. You might have to bash a few on the nose to get out. And if this swell gets over about 3 or 4 feet, launches are a helluva lot more challenging. If possible, at all, through those terrifying east gales. Or cyclone-generated swells.

Surf Launching Souther Africa Channel

This fun channel has been growing steadily. An appreciative audience that are learning by watching the many launches uploaded.

We are going to be uploading a lot more surf launches as we move into the good weather times.

You can check the channel out right HERE.

Affiliated YouTube Channels

https://youtube.com/@waterwoes – complain here

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss out

https://youtube.com/@mydotackletalk – highly technical sport fishing

https://youtube.com/@Brucifire – entertaining surf reporting

https://youtube.com/@surflaunchingsouthernafrica – getting out there safely

Affiliated websites

https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the river
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
https://thesardine.co.za – never miss a single sardine
https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there

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First Sards of 2024!

First Sardines Report of the Season Team MYDO 2024

First Sardines of 2024!!

First Sardines of 2024! Yes, we are all about the sardines here at The Sardine News. And when there are no sardines, we fill in the gaps with salty news from all along our magnificent seaboard.

Enjoy the video…and a lot more to follow…

Today we start in Mozambique where the good weather has just kicked in. The fishing is great. The water is warm and clear. And there have been non-stop waves since we arrived a week ago. It’s been challenging getting this report out here in Moz but it came together ok I think.

Kevin in Qora reports that his ocean is alive and well. And is hosting the migrating humpback whales already! They are on their merry way north and we might start seeing them all along the coastline soon.

The Bear of Master Watermen reports good fishing and good conditions in and around the greater Durban area. Lots of couta up north and some big ones at that.

Then we head to Morgans Bay where we have had a solid sighting of sardines being hammered to pieces. By dolphins, birds and gamefish. Very exciting and exactly what we have been waiting for!

A quick surf report by Brucifire in Jeffreys Bay leads us to Team MYDOs first couta of the season. Way down here off Port Shepstone on the KZN South Coast. It was taken on a MYDO swimming a walla-walla.

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Margate FLASH FLOOD! With VIDEO

Margate-FLASH-FLOOD-14-April-2024

Margate FLASH FLOOD! With VIDEO

Margate FLASH FLOOD! In another mighty display of nature’s anger at the system, Margate on the lower south coast of KZN received an absolute hammering last night. With a fantastic accompanying light and sound show – the storm was extremely intense. But, not lucky for Margate, but lucky for the rest of us, the storm concentrated on the beautiful coastal town.

Update: lives have been lost and we sympathise with families and loved ones.

VIDEO

Gallery

The Umzimkulu River that runs onto the ocean at Port Shepstone (20 kms north) never even came down. It is calm and serene this morning (15 April 2024) as it has been for the past few weeks. The kingfish are back by the way. And the water is ginger beer, not too dirty at all for fishing.

No Swimming!

However, this water is absolutely no good for swimming in. It will get into your ears and give the most diabolical ear infection you could imagine. And if it gets up your nose you could end up with a staph infection in the brain. And if you get wounded and your open would comes into contact with this water, you might lose that limb.

This is because for all the years of load shedding, the Harding sewerage works upriver, has been failing. And failing. The sewage of the entire town runs into the Umzimkulwana River. Which runs into the Umzimkulu River right at the exact point where Port Shepstone’s drinking water is extracted from.

This sewage is untreated and contained in it are all the drugs and medicines that people have been taking. Anti-retrovirals. Oestregen. Anti-biotics…you name it. If you take it, it goes into the nearest river these days (directly due to load-shedding).

And in this same sewage, are also the pathogens and bad acting bacteria, viruses and the like. Which the drugs are meant to counter. But, and it’s a huge BUT. If you allow these evil pathogens to interact with the drugs that are meant to kill them, they will develop immunity. Becoming superbugs. Like the things that will get you in any public hospital here in South Africa. Superbugs develop in hospitals for the exact same reason. They are allowed to interact with the available medicines and become immune.

We are playing with fire by allowing any of this to continue. And the fact that load-shedding has been turned off, really begs the question…

Did the ANC do this on purpose all along? Or are they this inept?

And what really superbugs me, are the colluders. Who work with the devil and actively promote our coast as a tourist destination with safe bathing beaches. When they should be doing everything in their power to be rid of the ANC and the problems they have created since their rule.

Then we can promote tourism honestly.

Affiliated YouTube Channels

https://youtube.com/@waterwoes – complain here

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss out

https://youtube.com/@mydotackletalk – highly technical sport fishing

https://youtube.com/@Brucifire – entertaining surf reporting

https://youtube.com/@surflaunchingsouthernafrica – getting out there safely

Affiliated websites
https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the river
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
https://thesardine.co.za – never miss a single sardine
https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there