Monthly Spearfishing Report December 2007

Monthly Report – December 2007

Conditions

Still mostly unpredictable conditions with far more windy days than is the norm for this time of year. A lot of rain experienced over much of Kwazulu Natal with most rivers flowing to capacity but inshore conditions diveable in the Salt Rock- Tinley stretch and in the Scottburgh area for a number of days during the month. The start of the summer season with water temperatures of 23 celsius and above and 3mm wetsuits the order of the day.

Fish-wise

Plenty of gamefish action when the warm clean water moves in over the inshore reefs. Some good sized yellowfin tuna taken at Salt rock along with the odd cuda. The shad season opened on the 1 December and contrary to most years, there are still plenty of these fish about with some monsters over the 5kg mark being landed by anglers. The pre-season run of cuda is lasting longer than is normally the case with cuda being taken on the north coast hot spots most days when it is diveable.

Fathomless Fickleness of Fish

It is hard to fathom how the smallest changes in sea conditions can affect the gamefish so much. What happens to the gamefish when the current switches? The water temperature is the same but if the current is wrong the fish are not there. When cold water moves in the reef fish settle in cracks and caves on the reefs which a gamefish cannot do. They most likely head out deep in search of warmer water and are seldom seen under these conditions. Could the rotation of the earth have something to do with gamefish movements with regard to the current. North south current they move inshore and off-shore in a south north current.

Cape Yellowfin Tuna

The tuna grounds off Cape Point have been fairly quiet with few fish being landed. The easterly winds are keeping the sea temperatures lower than is optimum for these fish but once temperatures are above 18c the fish should come on the bite.

2008

Guy and myself would like to take this opportunity to wish all spearfishingsa readers a happy and healthy 2008.

Safe diving, John.