Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dive Report and some issues

The wind is due to go east today (saturday) and combined with Windfinders 3 m swell we can expect no decent diving on Sunday.

Mark and I went out to run our Butt cat as it has stood for a long time.
RIY banks is dirty (4 m viz on top and 5-6m at a depth of 23 m) and the water all the way back to Thunderbolt is dirty too. A trip to the RIY banks(50 km from Noordhoek) is quite costly now with the fuel prices as high as at present. It costs about R600 to go to the RIY banks on the Butt Cat - 50 liters of fuel and the two stroke oil. The price of crude oil seems to offer no respite for now.

Back near Noorhoek MCM payed us a visit - as I saw them approaching I took a rubber snake that my son left on teh boat and put it in the fish bin amongst the fish and covered it with a bag to ensure its inspection. They came and ordered us to stop and told us to prepare for inspection. One fellow stated his name and claimed he was an MCM official. Mark challenged him to desplay his identity card and letter of authority. After some backfooted "Uhms" and "aahs" he admitted to not having it on him so he ended up not boarding our boat. Pity, I would have liked to see the effect of the rubber snake. Maybe next time. They spoke of how they chased the poachers, when Mark asked of their success. Then he asked how many they caught there was utter silence on their vessel.
Let's talk some more about our tax payers money and its use...
On the way down to launch MCM officers drove past us. They were driving about 200 m in front of us - as we passed a certain spot on the way down to the sea about 15 wetsuited fellows ran out the bush across some open land bearing bags and diving gear. Later at sea when diving Thunderbolt reef we gazed down at the sea floor - littered with glistening empty abalone shells.
Ironically MCM had a chopper in the air, and the Lilian(destroyer type patrol vessel) as well as her duck out at sea.
Oh, and not the least of it, it appears MCM are trying to close off diving at Cape Receife now.
Perhaps now we should disallow all road use due to a few that drive like hooligans.

Now for a more inspirational topic...
Sand tigers are scarce so diving in dirty water is a bit more relaxing but decent sized fish are not plentiful. What we need now is a good westerly gale to push in the blue water and then diving will certainly be superb.

A fisherman said the stockfish (hake) were biting and cape salmon were scarce. He reported poor coloured water on the stockfish grounds(5 km south of Noorhoek) with a heavy east current.

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