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Fantastic Vilankulos Weather and Fishing going on right now

This is the zone and where you will most likely catch your best fish ever. The Vilankulos weather is epic at this time of the year.

Fantastic Vilankulos Weather and Fishing going on right now

Fantastic Vilankulos Weather and Fishing going on right now: whilst South Africa is being beaten to a pulp by hail in some places, other places are snowing, and there was even a tornado in Standerton – up north in Vilankulos – it is braai vleis, fishing, sunny skies and Chevrolet.

Almost every day!

Vilankulos Weather

In the early summer like this, the predominant airflow around the east part of Southern Africa is a huge cyclical flow of air running clockwise with its centre kind of in the Lowveld. As the monumental system turns slowly, it affects the different regions it passes through, differently.

Up north in Vilankulos, almost halfway up the sheer length of Mozambique, the wind predominantly is an offshore/sideshore that is a sheer delight to be in and around. Cools you down just when you really start to overheat in the humidity that so prevails up there in the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Down South

In KZN, South Africa, where the flow is currently predominantly howling onshore, we get rain and blasting winds as the high-pressure systems up top, battles the low-pressure guys as they traverse the country on their journeys north.

These arguments between the two winds happen every day!

The fishing

So whilst we down south here have to take our chances the minute the winds and rains give us a gap – up in Vilankulos weather conditions are firmly on your side.

This brings us to the fishing…

The fishing has been excellent off Vilankulos. And so has the flow of content from the Bazaruto fleet. Which in turn gets turned into these videos…

There are also all of Captain Duarte Rato’s marlin fishing reports, available for you to check out, on the FishBazaruto website.

Vilankulos weather and fishing in November
Vilankulos weather and fishing in November

More video to follow, in the meantime stay in touch with The Sardine News. Come fishing with us at Umzimkulu Adrenalin. Get properly kitted with MYDO Fishing Tackle right HERE.

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Standerton Tornado breakdown and analysis

The Standerton Tornado by Adobe AI

Standerton Tornado breakdown and analysis

Standerton Tornado breakdown and analysis: The recent tornado that struck Standerton, a town in South Africa, has caused widespread damage and left many residents in shock. The tornado hit the town on a Sunday afternoon, catching many people off guard.

Witnesses reported seeing roofs being ripped off houses, trees being uprooted, and debris flying through the air. The tornado also caused power outages in some areas, making it difficult for emergency services to respond quickly.

Thankfully, there were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries. However, many residents have been left without homes or have suffered damage to their properties. The local government and aid organizations have been quick to respond, providing temporary shelter and assistance to those affected.

The tornado has also highlighted the importance of disaster preparedness and response in the area. With climate change causing more extreme weather events, it is crucial for communities to have plans in place to minimize damage and protect residents.

As the cleanup and rebuilding efforts continue in Standerton, the community is coming together to support each other and rebuild stronger than before. It is a reminder of the resilience and strength of the people of South Africa in the face of adversity.

Here at The Sardine News we seasonally do weather commentaries. We also put out our own weather and wave warnings. You can check our most recent warning about the swell surge and tsunami occurring simultaneously recently, right HERE.

You can watch our YouTube Channels:

The Sardine News

Brucifire Surf Reports

Master Watermen

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Tie a shad trace with MYDO Fishing Lures

MYDO Silver Bullet Shad Trace

Tie a shad trace with MYDO Fishing Lures

Tie a shad trace with MYDO Fishing Lures: Long gone are the days of loading a big old surf stick onto the bakkie, tying up a top-bung trace and heading to the beach to catch shad for breakfast.

Modern-day Shad Fishing


Nowadays, you need only a bass rod or slightly bigger. Ultra-light is what they call it. The 10, 20 or even 30lb braid is beautiful to fish with. The little light-weight two-piece rod at about 6 or 8 ft is easy for anyone to use.

Casts right to the backline! With line left…

Unless you hook one this big! (at left)

You can check out suitable modern-day shad rigs right here on this website.

Click HERE to check out current deals on Shad Spinning and Estuary Spinning outfits.

You gonna need a little bit of leader and some leader-tying skills. There is a very simple leader system for you to try at the LINK.

The MYDO Silver Bullet Shad Trace

Catches everything. Well, a well-presented and fished fillet bait will catch anything and everything. And in this very light disguise, light wire and totally buried hooks…the MYDO Silver Bullet pulls together a highly effective rig for fishing in the surf zone or just behind it.

In this form, it is also a Queen Mackerel killer. And many large King Mackerel have fallen for the fillet. Drape a couta duster over the front of the MYDO Silver Bullet Baitswimmer for a perfect little sailfish bait. Use nylon for the leader if sailfish are what you are after.

Order online

MYDO Silver Bullet Shad Trace
MYDO Silver Bullet Shad Trace

Please pop on over to to get an order in. There is a shad pack available too. This features 4 shad traces from the quarter ounce, the eighth, a half and a one-ounce version. Plus a wire-rigged dropshot for in case your bait runs out.

You can also buy them for R50 each.

Contact us and we can chat about your exact fishing requirements.

You can use the WhatsApp button on this page somewhere for a direct line to the factory. Or

Shad season

Opens up 1 December 2023. Come and stay with us at the Umzimkulu Marina where Umzimkulu Adrenalin can get you out on the water. Fishing, surfing, diving or birding.

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Trolling lure for R50 bucks catches everything

MYDO Silver Bullet #1

Trolling lure for R50 bucks catches everything

Trolling lure for R50 bucks catches everything: this rigged and ready easy-to-use trolling and casting lure mimics a fleeing injured baitfish. The bait features a prismatic 1/4 ounce baitswimmer head, and a strong single hook inside of a BruBaits plastic paddletail. All tied together with an ultra-clear leader.

The baitswimmer head transfers a side-to-side motion. This combination of a flashy prismatic light show and erratic swimming action excites every predator fish out there – into striking.


The easiest possible way to target gamefish is by trolling lures. Just chuck ’em out the back and head on over the good spots. Going slower will allow the lures to drop down deeper. Cranking up the speed brings the lure to the surface where it performs like a surface plug.

You can set a steady drag (1kg or so) to ensure a solid hookup. Which will always be in the top jaw. A fish hooked in the bottom jaw never survives.

Greenspot Kingfish attack behaviour research in the Umzimkulu Estuary in Port Shepstone
Greenspot Kingfish laying into a trolled MYDO Silver Bullet Baitswimmer fitted with a 3 inch white paddletail in the Umzimkulu Estuary recently.

The above shot is a still frame taken from this video…

In which we capture a shoal of Greenspot Kingfish smashing into that poor little lure. The speed at which it all happens is insane. Luckily for slow-motion and 60fps.


Casting artificials for gamefish is far more engaging. And there is no feeling better than taking a direct hit from a fired-up fish right in front of your wide-open eyes. By casting, you can variate your retrieve. Directly producing different actions by changing how you crank and twitch. You will get more strikes casting. Especially if there are two or three of you working the same area together.

Sean Calitz 25kg Kob at Port St. Johns with MYDO and BruBaits
Sean Calitz 25kg Kob at Port St. Johns with MYDO and BruBaits

The above fish was hooked on a tiny 3-inch plastic and head combination whilst Sean Calitz was simply casting at the kob from his kayak. Unfortunately, this fish was not able to be released. It was kaput from the very long fight on 6kg line. Must be some kind of record that fish!

If you are fishing for kob and the garrick come past…just crank the lure up on the surface and watch it perform.


The concept of an injured, fleeing baitfish, applies to every piece of water. Everywhere. This means any and all species that hunt and eat little fish.

From the deep blue ocean where a tuna or bonito will swallow them up. To the surf zone for shad and mackerels. Up the estuary for salmon and snapper. Kingfish. Kob. Perch.

And all the way inland to your favourite bass dam…

A MYDO Baitswimmer caught largemouth bass
A MYDO Baitswimmer caught largemouth bass

Where to get ’em? If you are in South Africa, right here on The Sardine News website. In our fast-growing specialist tackle shop. Use the menu above. For international orders, just pop on over to the MYDO International website. It’s in USD and the lures are despatched from England.

Check out our MYDO Tackle Talk YouTube Channel right HERE. Come and join us here at the Umzimkulu Marina where have self-catering units right on the water. Umzimkulu Adrenalin can take you fishing, birding, surfing or diving.

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And the satellite tag goes into a 750 black marlin by Gazza Crabbe

And the satellite tag goes into a 750 black marlin by Gazza Crabbe

And the satellite tag goes into a 750 black marlin by Gazza Crabbe: Captain Duarte Rato relates to us the story of how Gazza Crabbe got a satellite tag into this decent-sized black marlin. That went 750 lbs or so…a great size to be released carrying that very expensive tag around the place.

Enjoy the show!

The tag drops off and floats to the surface in a few weeks or months’ time. This data is uploaded to a satellite and relayed back down to us here on Earth. To be extrapolated and merged with the data of many other satellite-tagged marlin. This data is then used to educate and inform the policy and decision-makers when it comes to the sustainable harvest of these beautiful animals.

Unbelievably, South Africa is a top harvester of marlin and swordfish. We rake them out with long-lines by giving foreign ships permission to plough and pillage our waters. We really need to be better informed regards this fishing licensing racket that is going on. Why do we need foreign vessels catching fish in our waters? Just take a look on AIS right here. If you’ve not checked this out before you will astounded as to how many boats are out there. The fishing ones are the orange markers.

We really need to change our government completely.

Hope Duarte’s expensive satellite tag doesn’t get hustled by a long-liner.!

Back to Bazaruto

Where Africas biggest marlin tagger Duarte Rato, is hard-at-work taming and tagging billfish left, right and centre.

Check his website at to get yourself out there and in amongst those monsters. Or enquire with me Sean right here on