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Sardines caught off Port Edward!

Sardines caught off Port Edward!

Sardines caught off Port Edward!

Sardines caught off Port Edward!: officially confirmed catching of 10 sardines!

Report in from Sardine Spy in Port Edward: “Fished yesterday Sean, got 10 sards in amongst the redeyes. With some lovey bottom fish too”

So there they are – the first 10 sardines in KZN this sardine run 2022!

This mornings report

This was today’s AM sardine report, as updated on the Sardine Sightings Map 2022

15 June 2022: sea conditions coming right too!

“Big south swell arrived last night. SW wind pumping today. Some small shoals evident out deep. I think the conditions are right for shoal movement over the next few days.” – Qhora Mouth Sardine Spy

Sardines like rough seas and big winds – for travelling. Especially big SW winds. When the swells jack up – the water aerates with all that surface interaction with the atmosphere. Maybe they even surf a few of those swells to fight against the current? Either way, this is ALL very good news as the perfect sardine conditions requirements are being checked off one by one.

  • water below 19 degrees – cold water is moving up the east coast, just as we need it to
  • clean water – the current has kicked into full gear and is sweeping the poison soup away
  • rough seas – always precede the shoals

Many trigger-happy posters are claiming sardines close by. But once again, not a single sardine has been caught yet.

The dive charter operations in the Transkei have kicked off operations recently and finally, we might get some close-ups from them.


So well spell has been broken and you can definitely start doing sardine patrols down to the lower south coast reaches.

When you come down this way, and you feel like something completely different to eat, join us at The Port Captain for an Egyptian eating experience. And if you are after fun accommodation right on the water – The Umzimkulu Marina and Spillers House are open for business. And Umzimkulu Adrenalin can get you right out there!

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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!


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.


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 .
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.

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26 OCTOBER 2015


The Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, Mr Sipho Mkhize officially opened the biennial Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)’s 9th Scientific Symposium at the Wild Coast Sun Resort in Port Edward today, Monday 26 October 2015. The symposium will conclude on Friday, 30 October 2015.


As the commemoration of National Marine Week in South Africa draws to an end, over 500 local and international marine scientists and biologists are meeting in Port Edward, to share knowledge and experiences on the management and governance of the marine and coastal environment in the Western Indian Ocean region. Partially bordered by the Indian Ocean, South Africa’s hosting of this symposium is particularly significant as the country seeks to unlock the economic potential of the ocean, in line with the Operation Phakisa initiative.


“Our ocean space is a resource rich and relatively pristine environment. The ocean represents a significant asset for current and future generations of South Africans. The use of various marine resources in our ocean space has increased over time and there remains significant potential for the unlocking of further economic development opportunities,” said Mr Mkhize.


Operation Phakisa addresses development constraints in a fast and efficient manner. The approach has been adopted from the Malaysian government and tailored to suit South Africa’s development needs.


According to CSIR coastal systems research group leader and scientist, Dr Louis Celliers, the aim of the symposium is to showcase the growing scientific capacity of countries in the Western Indian Ocean region, and to devise ways and means to use this capacity to better manage our coastal and marine resources to the benefit of communities”. The CSIR is proud hosts of the conference, along with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board.


“Coastal and marine science is strong and healthy in countries bordering the Western Indian Ocean.  The question is how we put this wealth of capacity and knowledge to good use.  How can the products of science make us better custodians of the incredible diversity and abundance of ecosystem services of the WIO?”


“The CSIR is dedicated to contributing to an understanding of the ocean environment through its many related research groups that include Coastal Systems, Ocean and Climate Systems, Ecosystem Services and Coastal and Marine Remote Sensing,” said CSIR Group Executive: Operations, Mr Laurens Cloete.


The theme of the Symposium is “Knowledge – improving lives in ocean and coastal systems”. In line with its reputation as the major hub for exchange and dissemination of information, the 9thSymposium will comprise a range of presentations and sessions from keynote presentations to oral and poster presentations. Six keynote presentations, 215 oral presentations, and over 250 poster presentations will be delivered during the week. A total of 12 special sessions on different topics will be held on 30 October. Two new books will also be launched at the Symposium.


“The WIOMSA Symposium is one of the most exciting and unique fora where coastal and marine science meets management and policy,” said Dr Celliers.


“South Africa is committed to the protection of our oceans. Monitoring the ocean and coastal environment over the last 20 years has grown to be a significantly greater practice than ever before. This is due to the ever increasing understanding of the importance of the oceanic environment to South Africa. A network of Marine Protected Areas is extremely important to increase ecosystem resilience, maintain genetic biodiversity and our ability to cope with and adapt to the greatest threat facing human kind: climate change,” said Mr Mkhize.


The Western Indian Ocean is incredibly important to countless coastal communities and populations. From small subsistence fishermen, to large ocean going ships, this part of the world’s oceans sustains millions. Fourteen African countries have coastlines in this ocean, stretching out from Madagascar to Egypt, and down to Cape Agulhas in South Africa. Coral reefs along the coastline of Kenya, Tanzania, and northern Mozambique form a large fringing reef complex that is amongst the largest in the world.





The vision and mission of WIOMSA is to study and care for the Western Indian Ocean, combining science and local indigenous knowledge to promote healthy, functioning ecosystems, and protect ocean resources for all users and stakeholders. WIOMSA aims to further community involvement and conservation, connecting people and the environment as together we face the oncoming threat of climate change in a warming ocean.

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Dinner and dancing fun at the 2015 Portuguese Mariners Food, Wine & Family Festival “Shipwreck Party”

Dinner and dancing fun at the 2015 Portuguese Mariners Food, Wine & Family Festival “Shipwreck Party”

Enjoy a traditional Portuguese feast while partying in your best “shipwreck” attire at the opening party of the 2015 Portuguese Mariners Food, Wine & Family Festival on 24 July.

For more than a decade, Port Edward residents have commemorated the lives of the passengers of Portuguese ship, Sao Joao. The ship was wrecked on rocks outside Port Edward in 1552 on its return journey from India when it got caught in the fatal storm, killing 126 passengers, including Princess Leonora de Sousa.

This annual weekend celebration traditionally starts with the “Beach Shipwreck” opening dinner and dance which will be held on Friday, 24 July at TO Strand.

“This Sao Joao shipwreck is the first recorded time Europeans landed in South Africa so it has amazing historial significance for both the Portuguese and South Africans,” explained Gillian Habib, chairman of the Portuguese Mariners Food, Wine & Family Festival committee. “The Beach Shipwreck dinner is a fun way to celebrate the lives of the survivors and victims in a fun, relaxed environment.”

Party guests are invited to wear what they would have been wearing “when the ship went down”. This means that anything from ballgowns and tuxedos to pyjamas and overalls are welcome so get creative and raid your wardrobe for a fun outfit.

The R150 ticket entitles party-goers to a fantastic meal which includes a starter of peri-peri chicken liver on toasted rye followed by a delicious Portuguese roasted chicken cooked on an open flame. This is accompanied by roasted seasonal vegetables, Portuguese-style sauteed potatoes with rosemary and thyme, salada de Aba cate com Tomotes and freshly baked bread rolls, garlic loaves with kalamata olive tapenade. Dinner will be finished off with a delicious Mariner’s pudding.

When not eating, guests can relax on hay bales around beachside fires, sipping on sangria, gluhwein or katembas while enjoying the melodic sound of accoustic guitar in the background.

Children are also welcome to attend at a special price of R35 which includes a burger, chips and softdrink.

Justin Mackrory, Chief Executive Officer of UGU Tourism South Coast, said the Shipwreck Party, and festival overall, was hugely significant for the area.

“It’s a really great chance for people to experience the Portuguese culture mixed with the warm hospitality of the South Coast,” said Mackrory. “It’s an important historical celebration and a really fun family event.”

Make sure you get to The Portuguese Mariners Food, Wine & Family Festival’s Shipwreck Party on 24 July which will kick-start an action-packed weekend of family fun.


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The year of the crocodile couta

The year of the crocodile couta

We were on Protea Reef off Shelley Beach, earlier this year, when the trap stick out off the nose screamed that scream. Our guest was on it in a flash,  but the fish just kept going and going,  the little TLD 25 just holding on. Eventually it stopped, and I saw that big couta shake – down at the end of the line.

We were going away now on the tuna sticks so we couldn’t leave our chum slick. Getting all that line back proved to take too long, and soon the thud thud of the taxman was heard knocking at the door.

Heartbreak. It was a really big fish. The shark got everything!

A few drifts later, we crossed paths with the Posthumous team – Louis and Shawn, fishing with Noel Allchin. They were super stoked to have got a 32kg couta – a rare good sized, on Protea Reef.

However. Noels fish proved to be just the start.

In an unprecedented year, more crocodile couta came out, than EVER before…well certainly within my thirty five years of chasing big couta.

After Noels fish was caught, more and more in the thirty kg class size were weighed in, climaxing with the 37kg beast that Andre caught during The Hibberdene Couta Classic this year, to win his 4th boat out of 5 competitions.

Then, the weekend after that comp, the Posthumous gang headed down south and made the best catch of couta of all time…6 fish, smallest 24, biggest 37!

And then this fine fish by the infamous Kistin Moodley…reported in at 40,1kgs!

Crocodile Couta. Kisten Moodley with the best couta of the year – 40,2 kg’s of fish, caught down at Redsands, a small run into the Transkei…

The smaller dart sized fish have not made an appearance at all. Well it’s great for fishing. Almost everybody got a crocodile thus year. Especially those down south.

In the Transkei. At world renowned Redsands. The beasts swim here. Not that they dont swim by Protea and Aliwal, Mtunzini and Leven…but they seem all to be destined to meet up on the wild coast. Its a small area, and the hot spot is even tinier. A thin sliver of reef that petres out into nothing as you drift south.  Its hard to get bait down there, so time in the morning, closer to Port Edward, is gambled away in search of mackerel – the number one bait for crocodiles.

When Andre caught his 37, he was way down on the south end, far from the overcrowded pinnacles along the strip of rock. He couldn’t get bait that lucky day -and luckily stopped off on his way to the launch, and picked up some frozen mackeral, just in case. The reef was crowded out on his slightly late arrival, and so he wandered past the crowd and put his anchor down at the very end of the reef.

If anyone down there hooked a decent fish, they would have to fight and land it (30 mins), motor back to Port Edward (60 mins to trailer), and then head up to Hibberdene (60mins), to make the weigh in cutoff time of 4pm.

Just after high noon, Andre heard that scream. As a winner of three boats previously, he just knew straight away, that he had it. And when he saw it in the waves, it was confirmed in his mind – this was a crocodile of note. As the fish landed on the deck after the gaf went in, the tiny treble that was holding everything together just fell out onto the floor?!

Fourth boat for Andre!

However, to take a more cautious perspective…or scientific approach to the phenomenon of these huge fish coming out in such numbers this year…

“The last animal of any species, on it’s way to extinction, is the toughest, biggest, wiliest survivor of them all”

The last elephant…

The last rhino…

The last lion…

The last crocodile…

Let’s hope this is not the case with our beloved Scomberomerous Commersoni (King mackerel, couta, tanguiguie, spanish mackeral, narrow-barred mackeral…), but it could be…and we need to start thinking about this happening to all of our fish species, before too long.