Thursday, April 17, 2008

Weekend options and note on chumming with sardines

Yesterday saw the swell pick up - large the bay was being churned thoroughly and this morning the swell is still strong - I can see the wave breaking over the caves at Cape Receife from my office window. A great way to get a nice look at the sea is to go to the top floor of the large building at the Former UPE, now NMMU. It is 18 stories high and offer a 270 degree view of the sea. Knowing where to look shows up the conditions. Next time I go I will take my camera along and try get a clear pic or two to show the view.

Anyway, with the westerly and the swell the bay should remain trashed, but perhaps the onshore currents from the west winds will improve the west side and bring in clear water. A thunderbolt yellowtail hunt could be in order on Friday arvie - swell at 2 m and light winds.
Sat looks to be windy with a 2.4 -2.9 m swell and Sundays lighter west to winds are combined with a 2.8 m swell - fishing may be good on the point or west side and perhaps even the RIY banks. Cape salmon and bonito could be likely options.

Try this co-ordinate off Noordhoek:
Geelb(off NHOEK 32m)34 03 886 25 38 442 or,

this one at the point 34 03 591 25 43 048.
- it is part of Zephyrs Wall

Both spots drop down to 40 odd meters and come up some 10-15 m

These reef make good spearfishing for yellowtail but they are deep.
You may need to lift the tail up off the bottom with chum, or burley (sardines work very well) and use the spooking bait fish as indicators when to dive.
The nice part about chumming on such spots is that the frenchie density is low so they cannot eat up you bait in a flash and it lasts - see pic below of low density baitfish.




Another advantage of these deep reefs is that you can get viz there when a big swell trashes the inshore reefs.

I lift the baitfish in two ways - either drop a fishing line down with two pilchards and raise them then keep feeding then at the surface, or dive down to about 25 m then deploy a pattern of pilchards that will allow the baitfish to follow the trail upwards and get into view where they can do their indicator work of telling you when a predator approaches.
(predator does not exclude sharks)

I detail such procedures in my mentorship program: http://www.freedive.co.za/mentorship.htm

Tip: troll for bonito and cut up one or two to supplement your sardine/pilchard supply, especially when there is a high density of frenchies

Now that I think of it I once filmed a tail of 13 kg that I speared on Zephyrs wall - I will sratch though my files and try find the clip and post it on you tube sometime. That day I got two nice yellowtail off Zephyrs wall using the technique described above. The pic is shown below - not the clear water and this was despite a 3 m swell and east wind.



high density frenchies eating bait can be seen on this youtube clip:

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