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Sardine Run 24 might be over already?

Sardine Run 24 is over 15 June 2024 by Kevin in Qora

Sardine Run 24 might be over already?

Sardine Run 2024 might be over already? Kevin answers this question and a few more in today’s edition of The Sardine News.

How’s it everyone? This is Kevin from Qora Mouth, just north of Mazepa Bay in the southern Transkei. So yeah, it’s been a quiet day again for the third day in a row. We’ve heard of one net that came out at Pennington, a very small net, and guys are wondering what has happened to the sardines. So let’s just do a little recap of what is actually happening here.

The sardines that come off the Agulhas Bank, which is where they spend the summer months. It’s off the tip of Africa. And then wintertime, they come off the banks because they are a migratory species. And the whole biomass of the shoal moves as a shoal up the west coast of Africa towards northern Namibia, southern Angola, where they breed and they spawn.

Very nutrient-rich water. And then At the end of winter, they head out deeper and they move back to the Agulhas Bank in kind of a cycle. And the sardine run is just the splinter group that took a wrong turn off the tip of Africa and they moved up the east coast. So the sardine run is actually the splinter group that isn’t supposed to be there.

It was supposed to be part of the main shoal but because of the cold upwellings and the nutrient-rich water that’s brought up by the Benguela current, they move up the east coast of South Africa and what they do is they follow this cold plume and when they get to the KZN waters They actually are reaching extremely warm water.

I got a report today that the water on off Durban beachfront is at 22. 7 degrees Celsius, which is way too warm for these sardines to survive in. So I doubt that these shoals will reach much further than Durban, even though we have seen some minor cast netting happening off of Balito. I’m going to say that.

You know, these sardines have now reached the limit of, of the cold water plume. It’s now dissipating into the warm Gullis current. And they now are going to be starting to head out into the deeper ocean and looking for cold water. And once they find that cold water, they then get caught in the southward current and there’ll be moving back to the Agulhas Bank.

So yeah, that’s kind of where it’s at, but you know, You know, it’s not all dead yet. We have just seen some footage of possible shoal off of Port Edward coming through. I’m seeing, you know, it was just a still photo. I’m seeing some discoloration in the water, but that could also be wind. Wind sometimes plays tricks with the mind.

And people give us false reports. So I don’t see any predator activity. I’m not seeing any gannets And there are so many gannets up in that area right now of the south coast Because they’ve been feeding for the last week or so. So yeah, I’m going to take it with a pinch of salt But let’s hope for the netters sake and for the industry that there is another shoal coming through But that remains to be seen over the next day or so We will then get confirmation that that actually was a shoal of sardines coming through.

And there you are. So let’s hope for the best. Yeah, what I’m thinking is that the sardine run is basically over. That the sards have all moved out into deeper water. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes. And just keep watching Sardine News because we keep things relevant and we keep things current.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. Talk to you guys soon. Cheers.

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9AM Saturday Sardine Summary 15 June 2024 by Kevin in Qora, Adam in Durban and The Bear on the Coast

Saturday Sardine Summary 15 June 2024 by Kevin 9 AM

9AM Saturday Sardine Summary 15 June 2024 by Kevin in Qora, Adam in Durban and The Bear on the Coast

9AM Saturday Sardine Summary 15 June 2024 by Kevin in Qora, Adam in Durban and The Bear on the Coast: The Sardine News Saturday Sardine Summary.

Morning, chaps. This is Kevin at Qora Mouth, just north of Mazepa Bay, in the southern Transkei Let’s cross over to Adam, on the Durban beach front for his early morning report.

All the fish and more. It’s Saturday morning on the Durban beach front. Gorgeous conditions. There’s a wave for the surfers who have patience.
Lots of boats on the water today. We’re expecting a southwesterly this afternoon. But at the moment, it’s pretty calm. Lovely settled conditions. Hope the guys get some good fish today.

Right. So thank you, Adam. Thanks for your input. Let’s also have a chat to The Bear, who’s also giving us a little early morning report on how things are going.

Okay, everybody have a good day. Y’all see looking ballistic, uh, from bluff down. Very flat. And it’s definitely bizarre. Sardines will be around. So go and get your game on, peeps. Have fun. As always, dive safe on the straight spears. All the fish and more fish and more fish and more fish cool.

Thanks guys. Thanks for your input always much appreciated Yeah, what we can say is that there are The crews the netting crews are down at Pennington right now. They’re all on the beach. Nobody’s launched things are kind of quiet for a second day in a row and let’s think positive here.

Let’s cross our fingers and hope that the sards haven’t moved out into deeper water yet. But that very well could have happened. You know, they’re reaching, as we said yesterday, very unfavorable conditions. They’re now in the KZN waters where they were following a cold plume up the coast, very nutrient rich water, and as they get towards where they’re at now, they start getting a little bit confused because it should be actually staying cold and it’s actually getting warm.

So at about now, these sards will all move out into the deep and Yeah, look for cold water. So let’s hope that hasn’t happened already. The netters are still positive because they’re on the beaches. So yeah let’s see what the day brings and we’ll get back to you as things change. Cheers.

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

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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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11 June 2024 Sardine News Report HUGE Sharks

HUGE SHARKS 11 June 2024 Sardine Run Update

11 June 2024 Sardine News Report HUGE Sharks

11 June 2024 Sardine News Report HUGE Sharks: Kevin gonna do today’s report…

Morning, chaps. This is Kevin from Qora Mouth, just north of Mazepa Bay in the southern Transkei. Well, that huge shoal of sards that passed us two and a half weeks ago is the same shoal that’s now on the KZN South Coast. Another wonderful day of netting went on today. We’ve heard reports of a, big net came out and Sezela saw a video of that.

Lots of sardines right in the shorebreak, guys throwing throw nets, cast nets, and just pulling out huge nets from the beach. But we’ve seen also on some videos, some extremely large sharks right on the seashore. They’re in the shore break in water that that actually is way too shallow for them.

And this is where the, the public are going in to, to scoop up sardines. So guys, just keep in mind that there are lots of predators in the water. And they’re not necessarily gonna be attacking you, but they could bite by, by accident and because they’re in a feeding frenzy. So just remember safety, safety first, stay out of the water at all costs.

It’s not worth it to go and run in and try and scoop up sards with your shirt or with a little net. And, um, anything more than ankle deep or knee deep, you’re looking for trouble. So safety first.

I’m giving these sards about two to three days and then they should be coming around the bluff onto the Durban beachfront and the shoals big enough to definitely make that passage possible.

They do start moving a lot slower once they hit the KZN waters and mainly due to predator activity. So yeah, they don’t have far to go, probably 40 to 50 kilometers and, and there’ll be on the Durban beach front. Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. Except us here at Sardine News Would like to offer our sincere condolences to Goolam’s family one of the netters who unfortunately had a tragic accident today in their rubber duck and so far probably two casualties So, yes we’re very sorry for that Anyway chaps, keep it real conserve and protect and Let’s look after the marine environment Have a good time with these sards, but be careful.

And as I said, safety first, stay out of the water, lots of toothy critters out there. That’s all I got for now. I’ll keep you updated as things happen. Cheers.

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

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss a single sardine

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

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

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https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the Umzimkulu River
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
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https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there
https://mydofishinglures.co.za – technical sport fishing

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Sardine Run EXPLAINED! Currents and Counter-Currents

Sardine Run EXPLAINED Currents and Counter Currents by Kevin in Qora

Sardine Run EXPLAINED! Currents and Counter-Currents

Sardine Run EXPLAINED! Currents and Counter-Currents: in this detailed explanation, currents and counter-currents are discussed.

Over to Kevin…

Okay, chaps, I think one of the most important factors that should be discussed when we’re talking about why the sardine run happens is the currents, the currents and the counter currents and the winter conditions that facilitate this movement of the Atlantic. Deep sardines into the Natal waters.

It’s a known fact that they’re actually not migrating. They’re not spawning. They’re not breeding. They’re just basically becoming part of the food chain. And that is, the whole weird thing about the sardine run. But certain factors facilitate it and make it what it is. One of the most important is the currents.

On the east coast of South Africa, we have a predominant Mozambique current, which is north to south. And um, if you go out on the shelf off of me here at Qora, it’s about 19 k’s out. The current can scream four, five, six kilometres an hour. So, That’s one of the reasons why the sardines come close to shore is because they wouldn’t actually make any headway out off the shelf.

So they come off the shelf into the shallower waters where the currents are a lot mellower due to bottom friction with shallow water. And they move up the coast where they’re not fighting as much current, but something important is that in wintertime, we get a counter current that is like a, if you can imagine a river that has little eddies off to the rapids where the water kind of goes backwards and circles, that’s basically what’s happening off the shelf because the water just kind of eddies closer in, in wintertime and we get a South to North current close into land and it’s a very cold plume.

So that’s what the sardines need. They need the cold water. And that starts way down in the Cape. And it kind of circles them up when they come out of the Atlantic. Most of them go up the west coast of Africa, but some of them splinter off. And that’s what becomes the sardine run. So yeah, they’re following a cold water plume, a counter-current that’s moving up the coast.

And that’s one of the most important factors that happens every winter that moves them along.

By Kevin Tuohy

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

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss a single sardine

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

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

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

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
https://mydofishinglures.co.za – technical sport fishing