Monthly Spearfishing Report August 2010

Conditions

It seems as though the July weather pattern has moved into August. Traditionally August was the start of the windy north easterlies and the unsettled weather continued until December. This August has seen a number of westerly fronts come up from the Cape which is what used to be expected for July. Certainly a windy August with winds blowing up and down the coast with the odd diveable day.

Fish-wise

Garrick and snoek still being taken when conditions are suitable with some good sized fish being landed. Ifafa still the best spot to try for garrick with snoek being taken on both the north and south coast. The odd big daga salmon being taken and most of the wrecks worth a visit. Need to be careful when playing these fish especially on the wrecks that you keep well clear of your line. Not much to report with regard to reef fish but Deep Scottburgh worth a dive when the visibility is good enough. As always plenty of sharks about courtesy of the shark baiters.

Sardine Run

Sardines were netted in Durban bay during the month but small pockets and certainly the last of the poor run. With sea temperatures on the rise the future of the sardine run along the Natal coast is always going to be questionable and the runs will probably continue to be hit or miss affairs.

Beached Whale

The rotting dead whale that washed up on the Natal north coast at Ballito really attracted a whole bunch of sharks. All the nets had to be lifted and sharks were seen right in the shore break attracted by the oil slick leaking from the beached whale. One two meter tiger was found dead on the beach at Salt Rock not sure of the reason why but could have been over inquisitive and come too close to the shore. Imagine what it must have been like off the old whaling station on the Bluff with blood and oval continually being put out to sea. That is why so many 1000 pounders were caught from South Pier a mere kilometre further north with big chunks of whale meat as the bait.

King of the Seas

Saw some great footage on one of the fishing shows of a marlin in full cry. If you consider a marlin has a sword and sharks have a mouth full of teeth it does not take much to work out who has the advantage. Would imagine all but the biggest of sharks have to back off when a marlin is the opposition feeder. This is another example of mind-set with divers continually hoping to see a marlin to get up close but certainly not hoping to see a shark and being wary of the shark when they do.
Safe diving, john little.

Safe diving, john little.