Monthly Spearfishing Report May 2005

Monthly Report – May 2005

Sardine Run

Last years run was a non event along the KwaZulu-Natal coast due to water temperatures not being low enough. The magical figure seems to be 18 Celsius and lower. Last year big shoals of sardines sat off Waterfall Bluff on the Transkei coast, a mere 50km from the Mtamvuna River, the border with KZN. With water temperatures too high the shoals eventually moved off into deep water and that was the end of the run. The Sharks Board water temperatures along the KZN coast for the week ending 27 May are all around the 20/21 Celsius mark. A 2 or 3 degree drop is needed before the sardines arrive to make any run on our coastline feasible. Some shoals of sardines have been sighted off Waterfall bluff on the Transkei coast and the Sharks Board lifted the nets off Port Edward during the week as a precautionary measure.

Nationals 2005

Nationals are to be dived in June along the lower south coast, Hibberdene to Port Edward. We will have a full write-up on the site by the end of June.

Conditions

The cold fronts coming up from the Cape are normal for this time of year and help push in clean water from out deep. Conditions are more predictable during this period and diving days average more than the summer months.

Fish Wise

Plenty of reef fish on the deep Scottburgh Reefs where some good bags have been taken. Currents have mostly been south to north which work for this area. The reefs in this area run parallel to the coast and are mostly patchy sandstone with few major structures. Any reefs that have good caves and ledges attract a lot of fish. The first line of reefs are in 18 to 20m with some very good reefs in 25 to 30m further out. The deeper reefs have a lot more structure than the shallower ones and attract bigger fish. There should be some big cuda passing through on their run down to the sardines and spots like Salt Rock and Hibberdene should still be worth hunting. Garrick are being taken by early morning point divers on the south coast and the run should peak in July/August. Plenty of snoek (queen mackerel) on the north coast with most fish under 4kgs but the odd 8kg fish being taken.

Mozambique News

South African passport holders no longer need visas to pass through the Mozambican border posts. This is the good news that was released by the government recently. Hope all the border posts are aware of what is going on. Some sailfish being taken off the point at Barra with shoal sized cuda being taken by the local fishermen. This is normally a good time for southern Mozambique with light winds for the next couple of months. In the north towards Pemba, these are the windy months with the onset of the trade winds. The continual southerly winds make the water green and cold. The trades last until September when the yellowfin tuna move in to feed on the manta shrimps that carpet the sea in this area at that time.

Hunting off Cape Point

As illustrated by the story elsewhere on the site, the spearos hunting yellowfin tuna off Cape Point are having some fantastic diving and managing to land some amazing tuna. One wonders why it took so long for this to happen and how many other opportunities are waiting to be found by other adventurous spearos.

Safe diving, John.