Monthly Spearfishing Report July 2001

July 2001

July has once again proved to be a good month for diving in natal. Settled seas for the first half of the month had diveable water up and down the coast with aliwal between 15-18m for most of this period. The sardine action was winding down and the middle of the month saw the last of the sardines. Vidal has been pretty dead with the odd big cuda coming out. This should soon change as the big return cuda hit that part of the coast. August is also a good month for sailfish at vidal. Lighthouse reef off the mapelane lighthouse has been diveable with some good bags of geelbek being landed. The north coast has still been a bit of a hit or miss affair with a scarcity of reef fish on most reefs. A 48kg daga salmon was shot at selection on sunday the 8th and with an 18kg garrick also being landed, some divers have had their share of luck at this well known spot. Some big daga have also been landed on the bluff with quite a few coming out in the brighton beach area with one of 37kg being weighed-in. Most have been in the 20-30kg range. The south coast rocky points such as green point,ifafa,umzumbe, to mention a few, have been producing a lot of garrick if you catch them on the right day. Not that many reef fish to be found on the deeper reefs as yet. I have heard no reports of any cape yellowtail being seen, as july they normally start appearing on the south coast as far up as the bluff. The brusher hunters will have to wait until mid august, according to my diary, until these fish arrive in any numbers. A few have been seen but do not hold your breath. The big surf that moved in mid month then dropped for a day or two then arrived in force with the big west, ended the run of good conditions. Weekend 28/29 saw the scottburgh/hibberdene area with some excellent conditions with lots of garrick being seen. The last 3 years has seen august being a good diving month as opposed to the windy augusts of the past. Lets hope this trend continues.