Monday, August 15, 2011

Deep Sea fishing going green?

The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park Authority has dealt another blow to the economy of St Lucia and surrounding areas. The fishing village turn "green" on 15 December 1999 has been struggling to survive and to feed impoverished neighbors as far as Mpokonoyni Noth of Mtubatuba. The legislation the World Heritage act brought to them has increased the power of management to side line current operations and consessionise everything. The newest legal addition in the demise of local entrepreneurs is the restriction on Charter Operations.  Four legal Charter Fishing operations has been granted the right to catch only game fish from boat based fishing operations from St. Lucia's surf launching beaches.

These legal operators are;

  • Advantage (St Lucia Tours and Charters)035 5901259

  • Maverick(Johantjie) N/a on website or google???

  • Wave Dancer(Barend) 084 628 1162

  • Asterix(Maans) 035 590 1229 / 082 463 5864

Veteran Fisherman, Johan Potgieter with Harlekyn Charters, has now relocated to Richards Bay. His number is still 082 924 7842. He now operates from the safety of Richards Bay harbor and has a bigger client base to deal with. Accommodation for Richards Bay is affordable and people can contact me, Petrus Viviers, 081 342 7371 for bookings.

The iMfolozi Mouth was opened mechanically (my personal opinion was to prevent St. Lucia Estuary mouth to open naturally) and this lead to fishing along the beaches to increase. Crocodiles are still very active in the St. Lucia mouth area and anglers that do endeavor the beach walk or cycle ride to First Rocks will enjoy great success. Even fishing spots like the slides along the St. Lucia Beach will produce some nice catches.

Weekend Weather will look like this;

Thursday 8/18/2011
Partly sunny and remaining cool with a shower in places
High Temperature17°C
RealFeel: 18°C

Friday 8/19/2011
Pleasant with plenty of sunshine; breezy in the afternoon
High Temperature22°C
RealFeel: 21°C

Saturday 8/20/2011
Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower in the area; breezy in the afternoon
High Temperature21°C
RealFeel: 21°C

Sunday 8/21/2011
Sunny and pleasant
High Temperature24°C
RealFeel: 23°C

With current South Easterly blowing one can not expect to fish rock and surf with out some medium tackle and six ounce grapnel sinker. From Thursday the current would have changed and fishing over the weekend would be great around iMfolozi mouth, just North in a gully almost in front of St. Lucia Estuary's closed mouth. Bait would be preferably be something alive. Wave Garick or Silver Salago. All this are caught on small rod and reel with small hook baited with sardine or squid. Since it is neap tide high and low is not really a concern so the Early bird will catch the worm so to speak. Be there before six and fish until ten. Treat your family the rest of the day and a sunset Estuary Cruise.

by Petrus Viviers

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