Umzimkulu Marina view from picture swing

Zambezi Sharks enjoying the Umzimkulu

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Zambezi Sharks enjoying the Umzimkulu

There have been a number of recent sightings of Zambezi Sharks enjoying the Umzimkulu River lately. A huge shark swam right up and almost into our boat early this morning.

A week or so back, two big mommas were cruising the outflowing chocolate water of the Umzimkulu after some serious inland rain. The catchment of the Umzimkulu is monumental and we feel any and all rain from inland.

It is these conditions that the momma Zambezis have been waiting for, to get way up the river, and pop out their pups, in a batch of about 12 at a time. Fully developed and ready to start eating.

Luckily the river is full of stuff for them to eat, and growing at between 7 and 10 kgs per year, they will eventually reach 2 metres or so, when they will leave the confines of the river, and head on out to sea. To colonise some unfortunate reef out in the ocean somewhere.

Rumour has it that these pups, when they are pregnant, will return, turtle style, back into the exact same river they were born in. And therefore, we have a lineage, of sharks out there, with the surname Umzimkulu.

Let’s hope this lineage survives the apocalypse.

Yellowtail time on the KZN South Coast, South Africa

Yellowtail time!

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Yellowtail time!

Well if you can get out the mouth this time of the year, and if the weather gives you a gap, and if the swells aren’t so unruly…then it’s Yellowtail time!

The continental shelf is a mere 12 kilometres from the backline on the south coast of Natal, and yellowtail love to patrol up and down the reefs and canyons just on top of the shelf. They are also regular feeders on The Protea Banks, and can be seen and caught right in the backline sometimes.

A formidable fighter with bad habits like scraping against rocks and wrapping your braid up around pinnacles and the like. They are also partial to coming to the boat, and then heading straight back to the bottom where they came from, in a few beastly seconds!

Cut off low storm hitting Southbroom, KZN — thesardine.co.za

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Cut off low storm hitting Southbroom, KZN Jay Steenkamp nabbed us this great video clip of what a cut off low looks like as it strafes the lower south coast, since yesterday. Every river would be open like this by now and discharging countless mega litres of brown rain runoff. Neil Campbell out in Paddock, inland…

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The Hibberdene Fishing Getaway by Kiran Ramjiawan — thesardine.co.za

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The Hibberdene Fishing Getaway by Kiran Ramjiawan The Hibberdene Fishing Getaway was written for us by Kiran as he and his devout crew of shore anglers do their best over the last weekend, down on the south coast of KZN, South Africa. Thank you Kiran! It’s been almost seven months since our last weekend getaway and…

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Striped Marlin on leader! — FishBazaruto.com

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Striped Marlin on leader! Some in-your-face video action of a stripey showing just why they have such bad reputations. Their manners are ridiculous, especially at boatside. Short video of Monday´s striped Marlin on leader! http://fishbazaruto.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/4th-July-striped-Maputo.mp4 Check back soon for some more hot Bazaruto action, as Captain Duarte Rato just keeps ’em coming! The post Striped…

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4th July Sardine Report — thesardine.co.za

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4th July Sardine Report Independance day 4th July Sardine Report… Having Debbie Smith and Rob Nettleton down in Port St. Johns and right on the sardine front is great news. This just in from Debbie… “Rob is on their 2nd bait ball of the morning. The waters are teeming with sharks, including one big Zambezi” “Finally, the…

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46kg couta at Cape Vidal by Etienne Thiebauts and GoFish — thesardine.co.za

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46kg couta at Cape Vidal by Etienne Thiebauts and GoFish The Full story… As copied directly from Facebook…thanks to GoFish. Click here to get over to their Facebook page Here is Ettienne Thiebauts incredible story of his quite remarkable catch at Cape Vidal on Friday, 17 June 2016….. “So on my way back from Vidal…

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