Monthly Spearfishing Report July 2005

Monthly Report – July 2005

Conditions

More bad days than good unfortunately with a big winter swell about for much of the month. Conditions very changeable with good water one day and hopes dashed the next with disappointed spearos waking up to undiveable water. Some cold patches of water about with sea temperatures around 18 C.

Fish Wise

Plenty of fish about when diveable water moves inshore. Lots of garrick being taken on the south coast with the odd grunter and white steenbras also making up bags. The early season brusher (silver steenbras) making an appearance. The Deep Scottburgh area has got a lot of reef fish on it for this time of year and spearos hunting this area have been getting full quotas. Still plenty of natal snoek (queen mackerel) being taken on the north coast with Umgeni mouth being a good spot and garrick being taken here aswell.

Wahoo Diving Club Winter Gamefish Competition

Spearos not making the trek to Cape Vidal for this annual event certainly missed out with lots of gamefish shot and good food and the camaraderie of fellow spearos making for an excellent weekend. Andrew Norton managed to land an amazing fish winning the comp and recording the biggest fish ever landed in the comp to date. His black marlin weighed-in at 203kg, an awesome fish. Two sailfish were also landed together with some good sized cuda up to 19kg with some bigger fish seen. The water was on the cold side and the cuda were mostly ghosting along the bottom and impossible to approach. Well done to Chris West for getting the show off the ground once again and to all his helpers for making the competition so enjoyable for contestants.

Mozambique News

Conditions on the iffy side in the Inhambane area with windy days spoiling things and making for unpleasant seas. Some sailfish on the point with shoal size cuda being taken and the odd kingfish. Roads not too bad with some dicey spots either side of Xai Xai.

Sodwana Bay

Good catches of wahoo taken here during the early part of the month with fish around the 30kg mark being landed making for some great diving. Wahoo are a difficult fish to hunt but the use of flashers and bait can lure them in with sardine pieces being a good bet.

Nationals on TV

The screening of the National spearfishing championships on supersport 2 and CSN is good news for the sport and will hopefully give those who watched the video some idea of what it entails to be a spearfisherman. Jaco Blignaut fearlessly touching the tail of a large tiger shark certainly makes for good viewing.

Safe diving, John.