Monthly Spearfishing Report July 2004

Monthly Report – July 2004


The Sardines

The sardine run started somewhat later than we have come to expect over the last few years with the main action moving rapidly up the Natal coast over the last few days of June. The beginning of July saw some good conditions and some quality fish, with most of the action happening on the South Coast. The sardines were spotted periodically throughout July with netting even taking place on 30th at Warner Beach and in a few other places as far up as Durban.

A Good Season for Salmon

It has been an especially good season for salmon so far with a few good fish landed. Early in the month there was a couple landed in the Seapark area by Daryl Hattingh hunting in the shallows. Daryl also landed a 40kg salmon towards the end of the month at Pumula. A big salmon of 39kg was also landed on a shore dive at Sezela. A number of other good salmon were taken with the action moving up to the Amanzimtoti/Warner Beach area towards the middle of the month with some good salmon and a 20kg cuda being landed. Good catches of garrick were also made in this area. The wrecks off Aliwal Shoal have also been producing salmon and a few geelbek.

Good shoals of garrick started arriving towards the middle of July with divers making regular catches on the points. There have been a few big cuda seen during the month but few have been landed. A few brusher have also been seen with the odd one being landed.

Migratory Fish Challenge

The Salt Rock Club held their ‘Migratory Fish Challenge’ on 3rd July. The competition was very well attended and some great prizes were on offer. Some good fish were weighed in, these included cuda up to about 12kg, 3 salmon up to 24kg and some big snoek and garrick. Chris West also managed 2 pignose Grunter around 8kg shot at Salt Rock.

Safe Diving
Kevin Daly