SKZN Winter Gamefish Tour
The SKZN Winter Gamefish Tour is set in the dreamiest time possible on the Southern Kwazulu Natal Coast. Mid-winter! African style. There is not too much cold about it at all. Just the chilly offshore winds sculpting the ocean to perfection early each morning, which gives away to the wondrous winter sun all day long. Winter time here, is dry season. And this particular piece of coastline receives the glow all through the winter. The very best times are between March and June. At which point the seas get up a bit, and the sardines come! The trips are a week-long and include accommodation at the Umzimkulu Marina, boats and vehicles. This is a guided trip and one of us will be with you at all times. We will also be able to tour up to Durban and see the Dive Factory. There are rad tourist type attraction in and around the SKZN coastline.
The Sardine Run
This is one experience all spearos should be smack bang in the middle of. At some stage or another. The shoals are endless and the sardine run happens over a good three months with the entrees and desserts included. Anything can happen on any dive during this time. It is wild! But not unmanageable. Shore dives are the go as we get to patrol for the best conditions and most fishy areas up and down this idyllic piece of sub-tropical coastal forest lined seaboard. Bring your surfboard BTW.
The Protea Banks
If you want to see a shark or two, this is the place. It’s also the place to get a shot in at yellowfin tuna, amberjack and all sorts that also love this undsea mountain range that stretches from Port Shepstone to Margate. The main pinnacles are off SHelley Beach, 5kms or so to jump zone. There is a very strong current and all sorts of hazards so this dive is well coordinated and very strictly conducted. Its optional for sure.
Is where most of the action actually goes down in these beloved months. The sardines and other attractor baitfish like mackerel and things, also stay in shallow mostly. So between these guys, and the ever looming though of sardines, means that the backline and out to 10m or so, gets patrolled by gamefish.
The 15 to 20-metre reef patterns that are scattered up and down, are perfect for bigger gamefish like king mackerel and the salmon species. The current is not so strong t tgese easy access boat dive reefs, and we spend a lot of time drifting over them.