Monthly Spearfishing Report January 2007

Monthly Report – January 2007

Conditions

Fairly settled weather wind wise with neither the northeast or the southwesterly winds getting up to any major blows. The odd heavy fall of rain, but with the river sensitive lower south coast coming clean towards the end of the month, not your average wet January with rainfall figures down for the month. Water temperatures of 25c and above making for perfect gamefish water with some crystal Mozambique water moving in along some stretches of the coast. Day temperatures up in the mid thirties for much of the month and add to this Durban’s humidity, some hot sticky weather for Durbanites.

Fishwise

Plenty of gamefish action on the north coast with Salt rock producing good bags of snoek and cuda. Tongaat and Umdloti working well for both these gamefish but plenty of shark activity on the deeper reefs. A variety of gamefish present in the perfect conditions making for exciting spearing. Reef fish on most inshore hotspots if there is no thermocline and Deep Scottburgh producing good bags any time the water is diveable.

Marlin

Reports from ski-boaters are of a bumper run of these fish with the Richards Bay area working well. Spearos seeing the odd fish here and in Mozambique but not an easy fish to shoot. Congratulations to Garret Staats on his 100kg black marlin shot on Protea Banks this month.

Sharks Board

Sharks Board are set to remove a further 50% of the remaining nets from the KZN coast over the next year. The lifted nets will be replaced with drumlins, large baited hooks attached to a large drum that is anchored to the bottom. Stats show on average 540 sharks, 60 dolphins, 240 rays and 50 turtles get stuck in the nets each year.

Shark Attack

This month an Australian abalone diver was attacked by a great white shark off the fishing town of Eden, 400km south of Sydney. The estimated 3m great white grabbed him by the head and shoulders but luckily he was wearing a lead-lined diving vest. This probably saved his life as he still suffered extensive cuts. On average there are 15 shark attacks each year in Australian waters, one of the highest rates in the world.

Cape Vidal

Cape Vidal has been very quiet for this time of year with few gamefish reported and some adverse weather making conditions difficult. This is normally a bumper time there with plenty of cuda so something must be upsetting the fish. The oceans are hard to predict but a one degree drop in sea temperature, though not that noticeable to us, can have a huge impact on the fish. This could be a reason for the poor show.

Safe diving, John.