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Dead fish on St Francis beach too

Boxfish dead on St Francis Beach

Dead fish on St Francis beach too

Dead fish on St. Francis beaches too: It’s not all good news here at The Sardine News. And it ain’t just KZN. These photos of a few beautiful boxfish were taken on a stretch along the beach in the St. Francis area. There is also a guitarfish. The only problem is that they are all on the sand. And definitely not swimming free out where they should be.


This is not normal. It’s not Mother Nature doing her thing. The boxfish are pelagic. They travel with currents across the globe. They hang out along haloclines. Where they are eagerly preyed upon. By Dorado (mahi mahi)…which is where I got a little beauty of a boxfish for myself. In a Dorado’s stomach after I had gutted one.

And Dolphins? Well they love these things. They mouth them and then spit them out. Where another dolphin takes hold. They pass them around?! Don’t ask why!

Red tides

Are caused by sewage discharge. Directly. We have been duped that the phosphor that glows in the foaming waves at night is cool stuff. Because it glows so lekka. It’s not. The phosphorus is inside the guts of the microbes that are processing the raw untreated sewage. These little guys consume all the oxygen in the water. It becomes eutrophic.

Fish die.


The guitarfish dead on the beach are not pelagic. They live here in this area. The boxfish drifted in from the deep and inadvertently found themselves close to shore. And in this eutrophic water. Where they all died together.

Red Flags

Taking a look on the satellite maps, there are some glaring red flags. That would lead to too much raw sewage making it’s easy way to the ocean. Either from little streams, or seepage. The sewage in some countries, like New Zealand, comes from their cattle industry. It doesn’t really what faecal matter goes into the water, the effect is the same. But here it’s highly likely the establishment of informal settlements. And the new developments along the beautiful coastline, causing the excess population.

It’s a non-stop onslaught on Mother Nature. The worst it’s ever been here in South Africa. The law means nothing here anymore.

Load Shedding

On a positive note, without load-shedding, the entire system in South Africa is slowly coming back online. And these red tide events might become a thing of the ANC’s tepid past.

Dreams are free!

More Water Woes (best said in Afrikaans) at the UGU Water Woes YouTube Channel right HERE.

By The Sardine News.

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The Wild Coast to Port Alfred by Panorama

Our first panorama of the trip was taken by Johnny van Biljon, very early, at Mdumbi, in the Transkei. The shad never materialised this morning, but the evening before, 47 in total were pulled out.

The Wild Coast to Port Alfred by Panorama

Having Johnny van Biljon along on this trip (distributing Mydo’s and gathering news), with his iPhone 5, has opened up a whole new way of capturing the moment. Johnny, who has had many years experience in the film and tv industries, has an eye for a great scene a good shot.

Our dear friends Warren and Noli enjoy the view down to Umtata Mouth and beyond, from their stoep.
Our Mdumbi friends Warren and Noli enjoy the view down to Umtata Mouth and beyond, from their stoep.

Johnny is currently dabbling in panoramic photography such as what has made the iPhone (Ok and Android) smartphones so nifty.

As we drove through the Transkei, we stopped for a few more spectacular vistas.

The bridge over the Umtata River as shot by Johnny van Biljon and his handy iPhone 5, in panorama mode.

And then finally into the spectacular scene that was Port Alfred on an upcoming moon and an outgoing tide.

The Royal Alfred Marina as viewed from Willows Camping on the south bank. Millionaire’s view for a song (R130 per night). And garrick (leeries around here) swimming up and down out front, in the crystal clear water.

Although the fish were easily seen, they were very shy in the crystal clear water. The visibility must have been 10 metres or more. We threw all sorts at them, and were not alone as local spinning mad anglers lined the jetties and hot spots. Very nice fishing. One guy got a strong pull on a live mullet right in front of us, but garrick are highly suspicious and this one must have felt something because he let go after a good 10 meter screaming run.

The office set up, the lines out, and the braai on the go. All we need now are some garrick to get hungry as us.

Local veteran of these waters, and our fishing host Peter, gave us the rundown on what fish are here right now and its Silver Steenbras / Pignose Grunter / Steenies / White Steenbras that are causing the scene. The biggest so far this season, in the canals, was 14kg’s.

Kelly’s Beach is a Blue Flag spot a few kms south of the Port Alfred piers. Safe looking.

Kelly’s Beach offers much safer bathing and even surfing (on the right tides and swells), and half way between Port Alfred and Kelly’s, is Halfway – another ominous resemblance to a surf spot.

More panoramas to follow, as we tour back to KZN. And here, our parting shot…saying good bye to the attractive coastal town, of Port Alfred. Thanks Johhny van Biljon for stepping up as photographer/DOP.

Good night and good bye Port Alfred…panoramas by Johnny van Biljon

Newsflash: Sports n All in Port Alfred, officially stock Mydo Lures.