Monthly Spearfishing Report March 2006

Monthly Report – March 2006

Conditions

Although there was fair weather for the opening of the east coast rock lobster season on the 1st March, only a few spots on the coast were diveable with the Hibberdene/Umzumbe stretch probably having the better water. The fair weather was short-lived however with a big westerly front coming up from the Cape and forcing the postponement of the DUC gamefish competition scheduled for the 4 March. Big surf, courtesy of a cyclone off Madagascar, then pounded the Natal coast for a week once again causing the further postponement of the DUC gamefish competition. Despite the weather not always playing the game, the month provided some good spearing for those divers lucky enough to find reasonable conditions.

Fishwise

Still a lot of cuda being taken on the north coast and on Aliwal Shoal with the darts giving way to better sized fish in most catches. The ignoblis run has all but ended with most fish further south on their annual run. Plenty of sharks about with fishermen complaining of hardly being able to land a fish on some days. Queen mackerel(natal snoek) being taken on the north and south coast with most fish in the 3 to 5kg range. Bronze bream shoaling on the north coast and on the Bluff with lots of bottom fish about on the deeper reefs. Deep Scottburgh providing spearos with good catches of bottom fish with some spots over-flowing with fish.

Wahoo Winter Gamefish Competition

The Wahoo Spearfishing Club will once again be hosting the Winter Gamefish Competition up at Cape Vidal. Dates for this ever popular competition are Saturday 10 June with most spearos going up on the Friday to join in all the festivities. Free beer and food will be part of the entrance package with lots of prizes on offer. The entrance form will be up on the site as soon as we get it from the organizers.

Durban Undersea Club Gamefish Competition

This competition was eventually held on the 18 March with some good catches of gamefish weighed-in. Most spearos opted for boat diving with Aliwal, Number one and the Umdloti-Stud rock stretch being the areas of choice. Number one had top to bottom visibility and provided the spearos lucky enough to be out there with fantastic diving. Plenty of cuda were landed with one or two class fish taken. The winner of the R5000 biggest gamefish prize went to Martinus Venter, who shore dived at Christmas Bay where the water was very clean. He managed a great catch with his 16.5kg yellowfin tuna winning the competition. Other winners were: Veterans – Chris West 10kg cuda(R2000), Seniors – Andrew Henwood 13kg cuda(R2000), Juniors – Karl Werner 16kg cuda(R2000). This was a great competition with the cash prizes attracting a lot of interest and hopefully the generous sponsors will be able to repeat their generosity next year.

Nationals 2006

Scheduled for the 2-6 April 2006, lots of stiff competition developing with most Provinces going all out to beat the opposition. Western Province digging deep getting some of their past top spearos into their teams and hopefully regaining their dominant position that Natal took over a number of years back. Some of the local Port Elizabeth spearos will probably be the people to beat with local knowledge playing a big part in the final results.

Safe diving, John.