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SARDINES everywhere. Bear Report 25-06-2021

Hi peeps and welcome to the Bear’s weekend dive report brought to you by the sardine.co.za and masterwatermen.co.za.

Sea conditions have been good this past week and the Sardines are on the rampage up and down the coast! Unfortunately this makes it a bit hit and miss when diving with them as the gamefish are quite spread out up and down the coastline. I dived with Sardines three times this week and saw NADA! Other divers had more luck and some good backline Snoek and Garrick came out this week with the Sardines. Main centre of activity has been middle to lower South coast Sardine wise but shoals are being spotted as far as Tinley Manor on the North coast. Couta are definitely around as well and a couple of fish came out this week.

We have Brandon with a Stumpie shore dive, Brett with a Snoek and Couta combo shore dive North, Elton with a 16kg Garrick and a 8.4kg Snoek shore dive South, Greg from Cape Town with a brace of Snoek shore dive South, Kyle with a Daga shore dive South, Master Brent Borstlap with a Couta and Seapike combo boat dive Durban, Master Louis Schorie with a 4.2kg Stumpie shore dive Durban, Master Louis Schorie with a Garrick shore dive Durban, Master Richardt Botes with a Garrick shore dive South and Matthew Wilson with a Garrick shore dive North.

Saturday’s weather looks good with light early SW wind which should drop off by midday in Durban. Down South it’s a light offshore wind till mid morning when it swings around to a light SW wind which drops off in the arvo. Swell starts off small at 1.5m and picks up to 1.9m later in the day. Sunday a light offshore blows early bells and swings around to a moderate NE after midmorning. Swell kicks up a notch as well overnight to around the 3m mark and a serious wave period of 14 to 15 seconds.

Saturday is the day this weekend! There’s a slim to no chance to dive Sunday.

Online report available here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZL5S1va8Ow&ab_channel=MasterWatermen

As always Dive Safe and Straight Spears from the Bear…

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Huge Catface Rockcod shoaling. Bear Report 18-06-2021

Jason Catface Rockcod

Huge Catface Rockcod shoaling. Bear Report 18-06-2021

Huge Catface Rockcod shoaling. Bear Report 18-06-2021: Hi peeps and welcome to the Bears weekend Dive Report brought to you by thesardine.co.za and masterwatermen.co.za.

Finally this week the sea came right and with some classic June KZN weather we had some decent diving conditions almost right throughout the week. The one dive I had up the North coast I had just over 20m viz on the surface and 12m on the floor!. Game fish were around for those that were looking with Snoek and Garrick patrolling the shallows and Couta out past the 12m line swimming North for the winter. Sardine activity was mainly from Port Edward to Hibberdene with sporadic action throughout the week. The Catface rockcod have moved into the shallows for the winter spawn and there are absolute bus fish around! The Scotsman seemed to think they should follow the Catface in shallow and quite a few decent fish came out off Durban.

The week in fish

In the fish pictures this week we have Anthony Dede with a decent Catface and Tasselfish shore dive North, Anthony Dede with a Tank 6.5kg Catface shore dive North, Ashton with his 1st Garrick shore dive North, Brad with a decent Garrick shore dive, Christian with a brace of Snoek shore dive South, Christo Muller with two size Catface shore dive North, Dane Chittock with a Daga and Scotsman combo boat dive Durban, Declan and Rory with Snoek and Garrick combos boat dive Durban, Doms and Darryl with Garrick and Snoek shore dive North, Gordon aka Humpty Dumpty with a Garrick shore dive North, James Purcell with his first Snoek boat dive Durban, Keanu with a Garrick shore dive North, Liam and Teegz with two solid Couta shore dive Durban, Lincoln with a size Garrick shoredive south, Luke Shannon and Master Brent Borstlap with two decent Scotsman boat dive Durban, Master Jason Heyne 5.6kg Catface shore dive North, Master Richardt Botes with a size Englishman boat dive South, Matthew Wilson with a Snoek shore dive North, Talent Mkize with a brace of Garrick shore dive South, Troy Ellof with a beast Tasselfish shore dive Durban, Troy Ellof with a lovely Catface and Couta combo shore dive Durban, Troy Ellof with a slab Tasselfish shore dive Durban, and Zander with a Garrick and Snoek combo shore dive South.

Weather and conditions

For our weather this weekend we have a moderate NE wind predicted for Saturday which looks like it will start at midmorning and pick up speed during the day . Swell averages 2.2m at 14 seconds off Durban and down the South Coast. Sunday there is a light to offshore NW wind early bells which will swing around to a light NE wind at lunchtime. Swell is down on Sunday to a manageable 1.9m average at 13 seconds being bigger South and smaller in the North.

So it’s Saturday early bells for a dive or take your chances and dive Sunday morning and hopefully, the NE wind has not turned the sea into a washing machine!

Online report available here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNF9C3aM39w&ab_channel=MasterWatermen

As always Dive Safe and Straight Spears from the Bear…

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Master Richardt Botes putting a GT to sleep

Master Richardt Botes GT

Hi peeps and welcome to another video from Master Watermen. This time we have special guest Master Richardt Botes putting a decent GT to sleep in style with a custom 1.2m carbon cuttlefish roller.

There’s nothing that beats putting a kill shot in on a size GT and even better when the fish did not even see you coming! It really gets the heart pumping and adrenaline going properly. These fish can and will properly destroy your spear and gear if you let them and a lot of experienced divers will let them swim by if they are at depth.

The best killshot placement is just behind the eye if they are parallel with you. From above you aim for the eye on the other side of the fish and the same for from below. A gun with some decent punch is required so a 1.2m double band rail gun and up or a 1.1m roller and up. I would definitely recommend using a 7.5mm spear and 1.8mm Dyneema running line.

What is amazing to see in the video is the balance of the 1.2m carbon cuttlefish roller and the zero recoil on the shot. Very smooth! Master Richardt reckons it is deadly accurate and has some serious range for those big blue water gamefish.

After the GT they moved spots and found the Wahoo and Master Richardt managed to bag two size fish around the 20kg mark! An epic day out in anyone’s books! Unfortunately the GoPro’s battery was dead…

Keep them coming Master Richardt Botes! Awesome footage to watch …thank you Boertjie!

Video available here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtzXvb6JsOE&ab_channel=MasterWatermen

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Sardines Bad viz Big surf. Bear Report 11-06-2021

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Hi peeps and welcome to the Bear’s weekend dive report brought to you by thesardine.co.za and masterwatermen.co.za.

Well at this stage of the aftermath from the cut off low it seems like it is a no dive report! The surf dropped off after a few days of NE wind which is great news but there appears to be little or zero viz reported in the last week! Thanks cut off low! Sardines are still coming out sporadically with Winkelspruit area South coast being the centre of most of the netting activity. Some big sharks are coming out with the shore anglers but no decent gamefish as of yet.

Peeps please give the netters space when they are pulling the nets! If there are spare Sardines they will sort the public out with some freebies at the end of the net pull. Also bear in mind if you are diving near nets being pulled that the skippers of the netting boats are not really on the lookout for you and your dive buddies! Prop rash means a serious trip to a hospital and Surgeon!

Good news is the weather seems to have been tamed for the meantime with good conditions predicted for this weekend. Saturday a light NW offshore blows early and switches around to a light NE in the arvo with the swell running at 13 seconds and 1.7m from the South. Sunday early bells a really light offshore blows then dies off to just about zero wind all day with the swell running at 11 seconds and 1.5m from the South.

So Saturday and Sunday are looking great for diving weather wise if some clean water pulls in! Sunday is probably the better day for a dive if you have only the one day free.

Online report available here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFmz5XJATU4&ab_channel=MasterWatermen

As always Dive Safe and Straight Spears from the Bear…

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Sardines arrive, Cut off low. Bear Report 04-06-2021

Hi peeps and welcome to The Bears weekend dive report brought to you by thesardine.co.za and masterwatermen.co.za .

Special shout out this week goes to Dave De Wet from Frame Autobody panel beaters in Durban for donating a GOPRO Hero 8 to the channel !

It was all big excitement on Monday morning when the Sardines arrived down the South coast and nets were pulled at Port Edward and Ramsgate! Then the weather god’s decided to put on a huge fireworks display of thunder and lightning up and down the coastline for the Sardine’s arrival. Unfortunately this put paid to any sea based activities the whole week with the cut off low throwing plenty rain, swell and wind at our coastline. Damage control is Lower to middle South coast trashed with brown river water far out to sea, heading North thereof it is not so bad with blue line of cleaner water moving in on the North coast today (Friday). Couta and Snoek were coming out before the cut off low came through.

Fish pictures we have this week are Connie Hallowell with his 1st Natal knifejaw shore dive South, Luke Shannon with a brace of Couta boat dive Bluff and Zander with his 1st Snoek shore dive North.

So weather this weekend is a bit calmer (relative to during the cut off low) than during the week with sunny skies again in Durban today (Friday) but still some jacked swell. Saturday a -light cross offshore blows in the morning (WSW) swinging to a light SW wind Durban and South Coast. The SW only reaches the North coast later in the day. Swell averages at 2.3m in the morning switching to swell from the South picking up strength during the day to a 20 (yes twenty seconds) swell period. Sunday the swell period has dropped off a tad to 17 seconds but the swell size averages out bigger at 2.6m. Sunday there is a light offshore (NW) in the morning switching to a NE wind around 11am which freshens during the day.

So… hmm… is there a dive this weekend? Looking at the swell and all the river water around the chances are minimal unless you launch in the large surf and head out to deeper marks.

Online report available here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN_26w8Mgm4&ab_channel=MasterWatermen

As always Dive Safe and Straight Spears from The Bear…

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