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Couta are here Bear Report 26-11-2021

Master Gavin Nell with a lovely Couta boat dive South

Couta are here Bear Report 26-11-2021

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

Well conditions were great on the weekend and then in went pear shaped after the NE wind cranked up Sunday arvo and not much happening the rest of the week. I dropped a potential SA record Cock grunter at Umko on Sunday and what a sight to behold as a huge shoal pulled in. I have never seen Cock grunter outside of Zululand in the North and feel a little bleak but upon looking at the footage it became apparent that the spear glanced off the gill plate! A sharp spear goes a long way…its sharp now I tell you! There have been Snoek in the North Couta South and the usual Daga salmon and Garrick still around but mostly on the South coast with North being a little dead at the moment.

In the fish pic’s this week we have Allan Potter with a Garrick shore dive South, Christo, Reece and Zander with Snoek boat dive far North, Diver unkown with a Wahoo pair boat dive South, Dyla Koekemoer and Master Jason Heyne with decent Grunter shore dive South, James Purcell with a Snoek boat dive far North, Lawrence Balcolm and Master Craig Heslop with tank Eelskin boat dive down South, Master Gavin Nell with a lovely Couta boat dive South, Master Louis Schourie with a decent 15kg Daga shore dive Durban, Master Richardt Botes with a slab Snoek boat dive far North, Nicholas Chislet witha a 5.8kg gutted Garrick shore dive Durban, Noah MW scholar group with a 3.2kg Splitpaint Parrot shore dive Durban, Rudie with his 1st Tail 14.7kg boat dive South and Troy Ellof with a boss Grunter and Stumpie combo shore dive Durban.

Saturday the NE wind blows from early bells and picks up speed well before lunchtime and it will be howling by mid evening. Swell starts at 1.4m from the South and by mid arvo is 1.8m mush from the North. Sunday the NE wind continues through from Saturday night and blows right throughout the day. Swell is around 2.7m from the North for most of the day.

So Saturday morning there may be a gap for a quick shore dive or boat and Sunday is a total blowout some viz has been reported middle South coast.

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Daga salmon and Snoek Bear Report 19-11-2021

Guy and Noah MW scholar group with a Daga and Splitpaint parrot shore dive Durban

Daga salmon and Snoek Bear Report 19-11-2021

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

Well conditions were slightly above average this week with a bit of rain and a hammer time SW blow Thursday. I managed to get a couple of dives in up North with a few Garrick around and one lonely Snoek. Snoek have been around but most of the action is up St Lucia side and Cape Vidal . There’s Daga salmon out deep and shallow with the Garrick thinning out North and still running in the South. I heard one report of Couta sighted up by Tugela. Some beast Brusher are also still lurking around in the shallows.

In the fish pic’s this week we have Chris with a Garrick shore dive far south, Grant Laubscher with a lovely Dorado jet ski dive far North, Grant Laubscher with a lovely Wahoo jet ski dive far North, Guy and Noah MW scholar group with a Daga and Splitpaint parrot shore dive Durban, Guy and Noah MW scholar group with a lovely Stumpie and Grunter shore dive Durban, Heath MW scholar group with a Dusky rubberlips shore dive North, Ian with some Bomber Snoek shore dive far North, Johnathan Matthews with a decent 12kg Garrick shore dive North, Keytin with a slab Yellowtail kingfish shore dive South, Martin Stander with decent Snoek shore dive far North, Master Joe Mulder with a size 32kg Daga salmon boat dive South, Master Juggs Holzman with a Garrick and Snoek shore dive Durban, Master Juggs Holzman with a Garrick Snoek combo shore dive Durban, Master Louis Schourie shore dive Durban, Master Louis Schourie size 15kg plus Garrick shore dive Durban, Morne Claasens with a Garrick shore dive North, Noah MW scholar group with a Lemon fish shore dive North, Renier Kruger with a beaut 13.35kg Garrick shore dive South, Rory with a Garrick shore dive far south, Timothy White MW scholar group with a decent Grunter shore dive Durban and Tristan with a Garrick shore dive South.

Saturday early bells there is zero wind till midday when a light Easterly picks up in the arvo. Swell is down at 1.3m at 10 seconds from the South. Sunday a NE wind blows from early bells picking up steam by mid morning and pumping in the arvo. Swell starts at 1.6m from the South at 11 seconds and ends up 11 seconds and 1.8m from the South in the Arvo.

So Saturday is GO day with viz being reported in Durban and South. Sunday early bells there will be a gap possibly for the early birds to get the feeshies.

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Very Feeshie week Bear Report 12-11-2021

Master Pete Jacobs and Alistair Jones with a cracker Poensie and slab Tail boat dive South

Very Feeshie week Bear Report 12-11-2021

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

Well the Bear has recovered from the dreaded Rona but only after all the action it looks like! Sheew from cracker Poensies out deep with slab Tail thrown in the mix to the shallows and size Brusher, Stumpies, Grunter and Snoek itlooks like I missed out this last week. Conditions have seriously improved from last week with the SW Dr wind blowing ATM. Viz is being reported mainly South and Durban this weekend and with decent weather we should see some good fish coming out.

In the fish pic’s this week we have Alistair Jones with his PB Tail 16kg plus change and 8kg Green Jobfish boat dive South, Ashly Mays with a decent Tail ski dive North, Chad with a Garrick shore dive North, Connie Hallowell with his 1st Poensie 15.2kg boat dive South, Franco Van Biljon with a Garrick shore dive North, Guy MW scholar group with his 1st Spadie 4.12kg shore dive North, James (16) and Dad Sean Burns with a Garrick and Bronzie shore dive North, Kevin, Clyde and Leo with Garrick shot in the DUC compo shore dive South, Lincoln with a decent Garrick shore dive Durban, Master Don Solomon with a decent Daga salmon boat dive South, Master Pete Jacobs and Alistair Jones with a cracker Poensie and slab Tail boat dive South, Master Richardt and Master Louis with decent Brusher and a GT shore dive South, Noah MW scholar group with a decent Stumpie and Grunter shore dive Durban, Noah MW scholar group with a Grunter Bronzie and Goatfish shore dive Durban, Rory with a decent Garrick shore dive South, Rudie with a Yellowtail Kingfish shore dive South, Stuart Green with a slab Brusher 11.35kg shore dive Durban, Teegan with his 1st YFT 16kg shore dive South, Tyron MC Adam with a slab Snoek boat dive far North and Zander with a decent Snoek shore dive Ballito.

Saturday early bells a light S wind blows switching to a light E wind at lunch time. Swell starts at 1.9m and drops off steadily during the day to 1.5m in the arvo at 10 seconds from the South. Sunday a light SW wind blows most of the day dropping speed by the arvo. Swell is negligible at 1.2m 9 seconds from the South.

So get those double pink slips out fellow divers it’s on like Donkey Kong this weekend.

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Wahoo Wahoo Bear Report 05-10-2021

Master Richardt Botes with a Wahoo boat dive SouthMaster Richardt Botes with a Wahoo boat dive South

Wahoo Wahoo Bear Report 05-10-2021

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

Will this week has been a rather slow one spearfishing wise due to conditions and viz availability but the fish are there for the taking. Garrick are in full swing return mode with bigger Brusher around in the shallows. Daga Salmon out deep with a smattering of Wahoo on the South Coast and the odd deeper pinnacle working with the Tail and Ambers. Tomorrow for the 1st time in two years the DUC Garrick compo will be held with the weigh in at PWSC 3pm sharp. There are over 30 entrants and some decent prizes so it promises to be a cracker event. I would say see you there but the Bear has the Rona and is in his cave busy recovering so at least there is a chance for you peeps out there to win…hahahaha. May the best diver get the honours!

In the fish pic’s this week we have Heath MW scholar group with his 1st Stumpie shore dive Durban, Master Juggs Holzman with a Garrick boat dive Durban, Master Louis Schourie with a decent Malabar shore dive Durban, Master Louis Schourie with a Tassel and Marbled grouper shore dive Durban, Master Richardt Botes with a decent Wahoo boat dive South, Master Richardt Botes with a Wahoo boat dive South, Melvin Pillay with a slab Tassel shore dive Durban and Noah and Guy MW scholar group with Grunter shore dive Durban.

Saturday A light to moderate SW blows til lunch time swinging to a S wind in the arvo. Swell runs at 1.7m 14 seconds from the South. Sunday a very light SW wind blows till lunchtime when it swings around to a light SE wind. Swell runs at 1.6m 13 seconds from the South.

So Saturday is doable but Sunday is the business all day long for a dive.

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