Monthly Spearfishing Report October 2001

October 2001

Quite a lot of rain this month together with a lot of windy days, both north east and south west, but some calm weather aswell. Normally calm on the overcast days with intermittent rain most of the day.

The Hibberdene to Port Edward area has been coming clean. l dived the shelly beach stretch on the 7th and found a lot of fish with the warm water, 22c, and about 10m visibility. I dived this same stretch a few days later in cold water, 18c, and found hardly any fish. Until the warmer water pushes in and stays in, these spots are all going to be hit or miss, depending on the water temperature. Most divers will still be using their 5mm winter suits at this stage. Aliwal has gone quiet again with not many fish about and 10-15m visibility on most days. A diver was bumped by a shark in this area recently when retrieving a fish off the bottom. As he was pulling the fish up, a pack of small greys appeared and made mock charges on the fish. During the commotion he was butted in the back by one of the sharks. There have been some big shoals of cape yellowtail on Landers, mostly small fish up to 4kg. Protea has not been very active although there should be some yellowtail action there soon. The north coast has not been cleaning up and shore divers along this stretch have been mainly shore bound. Vidal has been seeing some cuda action with divers boating 3 or 4 fish on an average day. Reports from Mozambique are of warm water and lots of gamefish action. Some durban divers up at Barra recently reported boating a black marlin of 100kg+ and loosing an even bigger fish estimated at 200kg+. All this action will hopefully turn into a good summer gamefish run here in Kwazulu Natal. The brusher run has so far been rather lean, although divers on the Transkei coast, around Coffee Bay, are landing a lot of these fish. A 24kg cape yellowtail was also landed in this area recently. The proposal of making the Aliwal area into some kind of reserve seems to be getting bogged down this time around. These measures are ultimately all aimed at protecting the area, and yet Saiccor continues to pump industrial waste into the ocean unhindered. Makes you wonder!