WE LEARN something every day, and lots of the time it's that what we learned the day before was wrong. – Bill Vaughn
We have just witnessed the tragic shark attack at Jeffreys Bay. Just three weeks ago I mentioned the presence of white sharks off the "wild side" of our coast being noted.
The southern right whales make their appearance in our shallow coastal waters in about September and spend a period here while they calve and wean their newborn.
The process whereby mammals give birth releases lots of blood and scents the water, attracting sharks at this time.
This phenomena is a contributing factor to the increase in shark activity.
Their presence has been observed but I personally believe there has been a high concentration for years along the coast. It is just tragic that conflict of interest has surfaced its nasty head.
I believe cage diving has been proposed by an operator for the Bird Island MPA and this will provide information on many aspects of the white shark population in the Bay
Recently, a 70kg cob was caught in the vicinity of Van Stadens and Gamtoos. This is a huge fish indeed and a once in a life time experience.
Every angler dreams of catching such a fish.
These cob have been reported all along our coast over the past few weeks.
They are valuable breeding stock but sadly are being targeted for financial gain. Cob take just about any bait thrown at them and also fight themselves to death, so releasing them is very problematic.
How do you stop the slaughter of these giant fish, as the law does not protect them? Unfortunately we decide our fate through our actions.
As we move into summer so conditions become more favourable for night angling. This requires anglers to walk long distances along our shores to remote spots that will deliver better opportunities than the over-fished popular accessible venues.
This requires long periods of occupation and at Bushy Park I am told anglers are responsible for the terrible litter problem that results.
I urge anglers to be responsible and not leave litter behind. Let's not see more restrictions and access to this spot being denied.
Hougham Park is now closed to the general public and the loss of this popular spot is sadly due to the very people who benefited from it.
Perhaps a shore clean-up should be done at these spots.