Monthly Spearfishing Report April 2006

Monthly Report – April 2006

Conditions

Poor conditions for much of the month with strong winds and rough seas spoiling the inshore visibility. Quite a bit of rain during the month also contributing to the poor inshore water. April used to be a very settled month during the eighties and early nineties but this is no longer the case as can be seen from the archived reports.

Fish-Wise

The odd cuda being taken at Aliwal Shoal with some big fish still a possibility. The Pennington Ski-Boat Club competition held over the easter weekend had lots of entries but not that many cuda brought to the weigh-in. A monster cuda of 37kg was weighed-in caught off Shelly beach.  Queen mackerel (natal snoek) being taken on the north and south coast with some 7kg plus fish coming out on the north coast. The first garrick have arrived so early morning point divers should see some action. The Cape spearos have had an amazing cape yellowtail run this season with lots of fish being taken by both spearos and anglers. The tuna run in the deep fishing grounds off Cape Point has also been very good with some 80kg plus fish landed and good catches on most days when the weather is good. The cuda came alive on the south and north coast towards the end of the month with some really big fish being taken and guns lost to class fish aswell. Jaco Blignaut’s 32kg cuda taken at Protea Reef is a fish worthy of mention.

Weather Sites

www.buoyweather.com with a small b has a number of virtual buoys along the East coast and gives a three day forecast with bar charts of wind speed and wave heights. Some buoys are further offshore than others and you need to study the buoys relevant to your location to see if the predictions are accurate for inshore use or not. Another site is www.windguru.com. If anyone has found other good weather sites e-mail them to me and I will put them up for everyone to have a look at. Having accurate weather predictions is crucial for planning spearfishing outings. Here is the address for some real time weather cameras based in Cape Town. www.ccii.co.za. They have a couple of cameras that allow you to see what the actual conditions are. The Cape spearos also have a cell number that you can phone to get up-to-date wind conditions or have them sent to your phone. Number is 0822346300 and listen for the options.

Hibiscus Club Team competition

This comp took place in good conditions with the south coast having some fair water and lots of fish about. Biggest gamefish was a tropical (longfin yellowtail) of 19kg gutted and gilled. This fish was shot on Protea Reef by Alan Frazer and must have just missed the South African record. Top three teams were: Jaco Blignaut and Alan Frazer, Gyula Plagani and team and John Girdza, Jeremy Williams and Rob Allen as the third placed team.

Poaching Death

A diver on the south coast using scuba gear to poach east coast rock lobster had a bad ending when he tried to swim the bag of lobster in through the surf. He got caught in a rip at Mtwalume and despite repeated efforts to revive him was declared dead on the beach after being picked up off the backline.

Feeding of Sharks

Most people that come into contact with nature on a regular basis know that to feed wild animals is basically to sign their death warrant. By virtue of our intelligence, man is the dominant species on this planet. If we were surviving by our physical attributes alone, we would be right down the ladder and would probably spend most of the time up in the trees. If an animal is invading our personal space we have the intelligence to keep that animal at bay so long as the animal’s instincts make it wary of us. As soon as an animal has lost its instinctual fear of man, then it days are numbered. It now becomes bold and poses a real threat to our safety, and there is, in most cases, only one remedy for this. That is why the feeding of the tiger sharks out at Aliwal Shoal can only have one ending. The same goes for the chumming of great white sharks by the cage dive operators in the Cape. Unfortunately there is the possibility that divers are going to get hurt before these practices are stopped.

Safe diving, John.