I had one of those weeks where I was chasing my tail just about and nothing much else! Other divers were on it though and there have been some big Garrick and Snoek coming out of shoals of fish cruising the backline mostly on the North coast with a smattering of Garrick on the South coast. The last two days there have been plenty Sardines around from the upper South coast to Ballito on the North coast and they are pulling the game fish with them.
In the fish pic’s this week we have Ashley Paul with a beaut Geelbek 9.385kg 1st dive after broken ankle shore dive Durban, Chad Minnaar with a decent 15kg Garrick shore dive North, Master Juggs Holzman with a decent brace of Garrick 14.7 and 13.6kg shore dive Durban, Tanya Nadauld with a 9kg Garrick shore dive South ,Tanya Nadauld with a decent Catface rockcod shore dive South and Wayne with a decent brace of Snoek shore dive North.
Looks like the weather gods are favouring us this weekend! Saturday early bells a light NW wind blows till midmorning switching around to a light NE wind at lunch time. Swell is there at 2.4m 15 seconds Durban and South with it being a bit more mellow at 2m 14 seconds up North. Sunday early bells a Light NW wind blows till midmorning switching to a very light onshore in the arvo. Swell runs a lot flatter at 2m 14 seconds Durban and South with North running at 15m 14 seconds.
So Saturday is go day for the boaties on the South coast and North coast with shore diving North being okay. Sunday is epic for North and South coast’s so get those pink slips and hit it!
OG (old school) Shark repellent. The black plastic bag and how it works
Hi peeps and welcome to another video from www.masterwatermen.co.za. In this video I show how an OG (old school) trick I learned a while back that repels sharks from the catch on your float whilst shore entry diving.
Here in KZN South Africa sharks are and can be a huge hassle whilst shore entry diving along the coastline with many divers having lost their catches while on the stringer and buoy line. There have been some great advances in shark repellents in recent years from weird zebra patterned wetsuits to electronically powered shark pods.
I recently received a Shark Banz model 2.0 from Dave De Wet at Frame Autobody to try out on our local toothy critters. I have tried it twice in the area where this video was shot and am pleased to say the sharks left my catch alone when my fish were left unattended on my buoy with the Shark Banz attached! More testing will be done and I will try to post a video of the Shark Banz in action!
On the previous day to this one I had two fish stolen off my stringer by these same sharks. So I made a plan and remembered to bring a black plastic refuse bag with me. Some of you might have heard of this trick before or even used it! You push your stringer through one of the bottom corners of the plastic bag and string your catch inside the bag so that it hides your catch from the sharks.
Bogus you might say? But it sure works for smaller sharks between 20kg and 80kg and this video is the proof. The only issue is that if you shoot fish longer than the refuse bag their tails stick out and get nibbled! If you watch to the end of the video you will see the bite mark right at the edge of the bag where the tail of the 4kg Rock salmon kept sticking out.
By hiding the profile of the fish you keep the pesky little fish stealers away from you catch. So it is definitely a simple, cheap and easy way of protecting your catch but not completely shark proof!
Video available here…
As always Dive Safe and Straight Spears from the Bear…
Well the week started out well with the sea settling and some slab Couta coming out with big shoals of Snoek and Garrick in the shallows. The winter fish are starting to move North up the coast in numbers and the Daga salmon, Geelbek and Cape tail are here in numbers. Unfortunately a serious winter cold front has pulled in and has frothed the sea properly with some fresh SW wind and large swell.
In the fish pic’s this week we have Andrew and Grant with Snoek shore dive North, Duan, Hennie and Rudi with Couta boatdive South, Ella and Max Bunge with Shad and a Tassel shore dive South, Master Carl Wernerm, Johan Boshoff and Master Joe Mulder with Couta boat dive South, Master Don Solomon with a Daga salmon boat dive South, Master Don Solomon with a lovely Cape yellowtail boat dive South, Master Joe Mulder with a whopping 31.5kg Couta boat dive South, Master Juggs Holzman with a 13.5kg Garrick shore dive Durban, Master Juggs Holzman with a decent Bek and Catface rockcod ski dive Durban, Matthew with Snoek and Garrick shore dive North, Ricky Nieuwenhuis PB 10.1kg Garrick shore dive Durban, Robin Seiler with a Daga salmon boat dive far North and Robin Seiler with a slab Eelskin rockod boat dive far North.
Saturday early bells a moderate WSW wind blows till midmorning swinging around to a light SE wind later in the afternoon with a 3.5m swell which drops off to 2.3m late in the day. Sunday morning a light NW offshore wind blows till midmorning switching around to a moderate NE wind in the afternoon with the swell running at 2.2m.
So it looks like Sunday morning is good for a dive “if” the swell prediction is correct. The online weather prediction sites have been a bit out on swell prediction the last two weeks!
Well I am not going to lie to you it has been a tough week for us here in KZN South Africa with the rioting and looting going on. We seem to have pulled through the worst of it though and some guys did dive today. Connie Hallowell managed to “loot” his 1st Wahoo just before the riots started on a boat dive down South. Snoek have been reported jumping on the backline up North and chasing Sardine shoals down middle to lower South.
Saturday and Sunday look awesome weather wise with light offshore wind early bells switching around to light variable on shore wind in the arvo. Swell will be smaller Sunday coming through at 1.6m 13 seconds compared to 2m Saturday morning at 16 seconds.
So both Saturday and Sunday get the green light for a dive.
There were not a lot of great days this week but when it was good the fish were there. Large shoals of Snoek and Garrick were sighted down South and up North. There are also one or two winter fish around with some Daga salmon coming out here and there. So when the weather is good you must dive! Some tank Wahoo were shot in the USC Blue water Sodwana competition last week Friday and the full article is available here… https://masterwatermen.co.za/2021/07/09/wahoo-mayhem-usc-blue-water-competition-sodwana-2021/
In the fish pic’s this week we have Angus chuffed with his 1st game fish 8,7kg Coffee bay, Brett with Snoek shore dive North, Byron with a decent brace of Snoek boat dive South, Chadd bagging a Snoek even though he did not have a gun shore dive North, Connie Hallowell with his PB Snoek boat dive South, Doms with a Garrick and Snoek shore dive North, Grant Laubscher and Andrew with Snoek shore dive North, Master Don Solomon with a beast 6.5kg Scotsman boat dive South, Master Juggs Holzman with a decent 4.5kg Tasselfish shore dive Durban, Master Louis Schorie with a decent 4.5kg Tasselfish shore dive Durban and Piet Combrink with a Daga shore dive South.
Saturday is not looking too bad weather wise with a offshore NW blowing early bells to just after 9am then slowly switches around to a moderate NE. The swell is predicted at 2.5m at 12 seconds but will probably be around 2m at 11 seconds Durban area being bigger in the South and smaller in the North. Sunday morning looks great with the swell down to 1.8m and a light offshore until a moderate NE wind picks up around lunch time.
So if you can brave the larger surf Saturday looks good early bells if you can find viz. Sunday morning would be my best bet for a dive with the sea having settled a bit.
How is it that the best blue water game fish competitions are the ones that you could not attend!? The Umhlanga Spearfishing Club Blue water compo this year was deffos no exception to the aforementioned Murphy’s law!
On the night after the compo there were stories being leaked out about Wahoo so loose they were jumping in the hatches and of course there was a picture doing the rounds of Master Peter Jacobs with a Tank 40.5kg Wahoo! And then another pic and another pic everyone getting Wahoo some 20 to 30kg plus…legendary…and I missed the compo but I had 3 years to enter hey Kyle? Bleakness of note!
Even new Diver James Purcell got stuck into a beast Wahoo 10 minutes into his 1st Drift on Cpt Jannie’s boat. Now bear in mind here that James only recently shot his 1st Natal Snoek so plugging a 30kg plus Wahoo is a bit of an upgrade in the scheme of things!
Buzzard crew were as usual on form as a team with Cpt Peter Jacobs (Master Adam Waites, Master Luke Garlick and Master Markus Potgieter) landing the biggest and winning fish of the compo a 40.5kg Wahoo.
“No massive story really, 40.5kg Wahoo shot during the comp, nothing exciting or groundbreaking “ say’s Master Pete…hahaha. “I just got lucky with the right fish on the right day. First drift, good shot so it didn’t rev too hard. We put float and landed Adams fish (Wahoo 22.45kg) first then sorted mine out. We dive as a team so shared the prize money. Luke’s Couta of 23.5kg was also a bonus on the day which got him 5th prize for biggest Couta ”
See Two Snoeks Tommy spearfishing is a TEAM sport, you said it not me!
I had my money on Luke Mollison the Hoo whisperer to win the compo but maybe the decision to go North with Captain Alistair Jones on Mr Grinch with Liam Mullany ( 90 percent of the action was South on the day) hampered his efforts. But he still managed a slab Wahoo of 32.5kg which secured him 6th place for second biggest Wahoo.
“Ja over the course of the last two and a half years of the Compo being delayed due to Covid and world cup Rugby finals I have changed boat and crew a few times. It was great to take my newly acquired boat Mr Grinch out for a spin at Sodwana. I was originally crewing with Gary Uys and Ryan Burmeister but Gary sold his boat! North was quiet with the Couta and we decided to hit a lunch time Wahoo hunt at Elusives on the way back. Lucky we did and Luke managed to bag his 32.5kg Hoo.” Cpt Jonesy said about his day out.
The crew of Iggy Cpt Chris Koen, Master Royd Williams and Ryan Schubel flew the Zululand flag well on the day with 3 slab Wahoo down South. Cpt Chris’s 27.5kg Wahoo would have been around the 33kg mark but unfortunately the tax man (Large Bull shark) took a hefty chunk out of it towards the end of the fight. Hard luck Koenie! Royd got a solid 29kg Wahoo and Ryan managed a 22kg Wahoo which won him 2nd Prize for concealed weight (Wahoo 18.5Kg) .
Ex Durban North Local now Zululand farmer Master Ryan Burmeister on his boat Poseidon was not going to be left out on the day throwing 3 Couta and an Amber in the hatch winning the prize for most fish weighed.
The Comp committee boat Daddio with Cpt Quintin White, Kyle Richter, Dylan Koekemoer and Paul THB apparently had a tough day up North but did win some prizes with Paul taking The Iron so that he has a new hobby while off on maternity leave…hahaha. Cpt Quintin managed to luck 4th Prize Concealed Weight (Amber Jack 4Kg) with his 2.5kg Amber. #Nobananas goes to the crew of Daddio for their wisdom in choosing the night before the comp as a warm up to the festivities after the compo! Better luck next time lads!
Local Cpt Jannie Nienaber had a mixed crew on his boat consisting of Vesagen Mudaly, Master Richardt Botes and James Purcell. Vesagen did well landing a 25.5kg Wahoo and a 6.5kg Couta. Richardt was apparently not on form (night before’s festivities Klippies and Cola???) but still managed two Couta getting him 3rd Prize Concealed Weight (Couta 12.4Kg) with his 11.5kg Couta. Newbie James Purcell managed to plug a tank Wahoo but lost it
“The viz was about 15 to 20m and I was 10 minutes into the 1st drift when I saw the Wahoo heading away from me on the surface. So I pulled my flasher up and down to see if it would turn and come back. Which it did but then it turned away again so I pulled the flasher again and it came back allowing me to dive down and plug it. My gun reel emptied in 2 seconds flat and I clipped on the belt reel. BUT I could not bear to see my gun disappear and held on trying to get a float on I lost the fish!” Cpt Jannie said James came water skiing past the boat after he shot the fish!
Bleakness Jamo! Master Richardt saw the fish and recons it was a Slab… school fee’s being paid! James got the spirit award for the competition for which he a got the booby price (an iron) for best spirit at the compo due talking everyone’s ears off! Apparently the fine’s meeting was hectic because Master Richardt had some Jagermeister which may have fuelled James’s beak!
Well done to the USC committee and crew along with all the sponsors for the competition! Sounds like it was a cracker event!
Check out the pictures and PDF’s I have attached for more details.
As always Dive Safe and Straight Spears from The Bear…
Well it has been a bit of a slow week with a big cold upwelling after the NE wind on Sunday bringing algae and colder water inshore which has pretty much hung around all week killing the viz. The swell also got a bit large down south the last couple of days. Some Mackerel are around up North in the green and one or two decent Couta came out with sporadic Snoek action thrown in as well. Garrick are around and word is some decent winter fish are being caught lower South coast (Rumours…Ja nee). Sardines are around but there have been no big showings with bust ups this week as far as I know of.
In the fish pictures this week we have Brett with Snoek and a decent Couta shore dive North, Clive Honiball with a shark wrestled Snoek shore dive North, Connie Hallowell with a Garrick boat dive South and Master Louis Schorie with a fat winter Garrick shore dive Durban.
Saturday we have peachy Durban winter weather with a light NW early bells switching to a light NE wind in the arvo. Swell wise Durban and North there of the swell will be manageable at 2m or less from the South and down South will be a bit bigger at 2.2 to 2.4m in places. Sunday a cold front comes up from the Cape bringing a moderate SW wind early bells with some extra size in the swell up to 2.7 to 3m later in the day.
So frustrating trying to find decent viz at the moment but Saturday is the go day (gonna glass off one way!) with Sunday afternoon maybe looking good on the predictions but my feeling is Sunday morning early bells rather than afternoon.
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