Monthly Spearfishing Report April 2001

April 2001

I was in Mozambique from the 6 april to the 23, but hear from diving friends that conditions were not good during this period. A low pressure system sitting out to sea off our coast caused huge surf to pound our shores and put a stop to diving for over a week, 8-15. Conditions have improved since then but the large patches of yellow cold water hiding out on the bottom can mess up conditions at any time. The cuda have slacked off in numbers but there are some big ones still hanging around, although the main shoals have headed south. Athlone ledge has been clean but hardly worth the trip. Deep Scottburgh has been producing some good bags of fish when clean warm water moves in. The Hibberdene area has been coming clean in the settled conditions and some good bags of bottoms have been speared in this area. Already some pilot shoals of sardines have been spotted off Port St Johns with some large shoals reported off East London by commercial boats. Hopefully we have settled seas and a good sardine run. The last 2 have been very good for divers with lots of gamefish activity on the lower south coast. The best month for sardines in Natal is june/july. Could be in for a early run this year!