Friday, May 17, 2013

North Coast Yellowfin Tuna Spearfishing

Andrew Clarkson 35kg Yellowfin Tuna
A little while back I wrote a blog about me finally spearfishing a Yellowfin Tuna off the back of a pod of dolphins. (Spearfishing a Lucky Yellowfin Tuna) Andrew Clarkson just pulled this off again!!

Here the message he sent with the pic:
Thought I would send you a pic of the yellow fin that I shot yesterday. Clocked in at 35Kg, also off the back of a big dolphin pod. Super stoked as I missed out on one in December but managed to nail this one - my biggest fish to date. Was an awesome experience!

Anyway well done to Andrew great fish, hope the sushi was epic too.

Coatesman



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Zululand Spearfishing Yacht Adventure

The Nomad somewhere off the east coast.
I have just returned from an epic spearfishing adventure off the Zululand coast with Trevor Foster Black a freediving enthusiast and his business partner Ben Schoff. We sailed out of Richards Bay on the Nomad a 50ft catamaran and headed north towards the boarder.

The first night was fairly hairy as we went straight into a 35knt south west wind. I guess it was good for getting up north - not so good easing into the sea legs dept. The weather worked out well in the end with light southerlies pushing us up the coast and then a gental north east wind brought us back 5 days later.

Ben soaking in the deep blue.
 We were very blessed to have nothing but perfect diving conditions, with visibility ranging from 20m - 30m. This trip was all about the secluded dive spots up the coast that we rarely dive because they are just too far from anywhere practical by a beach launch.

Some of the places I have not dived in years and it was good to see those pristine reefs in the far corners of Zululand. Its funny how all the fish that know you are not allowed to hunt seem to come right up to you almost 'laugh' at you. Off Banganek one large shoal of big Twin Spot Snappers had me freaking out, it was absolutely amazing to see.
Trevor loving the spoils.
Trevor an avid freediver took to spearfishing like a duck to water. After some the basic technical spearfishing issues where grasped, it was just a matter of finding the fish. His best dive was off Mabibi were he shot 2 lovely Couta which became instant sushimi and again dinner later that night.

Hunting Kakaap how ever turned out to be the most fun .. even though they were frustrating at times. I had a really beautiful oversized one taken by  Potato bass. Fortunately this was the only fish we lost the whole trip. We did not even get hassled by the sharks too much, much to the guys disappointment I think. We even dived 9 mile on the way home hoping to spice things up and alas no sharks.

The most relaxed way to spearfish?
The yacht trip was epic, dive all day ... eat fish most meals. I even, much to Ben's protest, begged to have steak on the way back home ....  I guess thats how you know that you are doing thinks properly :-)
So on the way home, with a gental North East pushing us at 12knts we had a braai with a couple beers on the back and watched the sun set as we ended our trip. It was too fantastic for words.

Coatesman


Monday, May 6, 2013

Revolutionary Spearfishing News Video

Spearfishing News - 117lb Cobia
Today the Top Shots Channel launched their first revolutionary spearfishing news video. This unique concept features any news worthy spearfishing video footage. This way guys get their great achievements and moments 'aired'.

This is slightly different from the 'Top Shots' Series where the 'best of the best' spearing shots are featured. This is more of a current events and news worthy video show. So if you go out on a spearfishing adventure and have a fantastic day at sea or come across something very unique ... or even something funny and manage to capture the action on your Go Pro, mini cam or even cell phone send it in. (contact - topshotsvideo@gmail.com)

In this first news edition Aimrite spearguns have sponsored a speargun to a lucky winner who shares the video on their FaceBook profile. So if you want to stand a chance at winning an Aimrite speargun then share the love and share this link: http://youtu.be/SfNgAKfjXsE

It is aslo good to hear what you guys think ... so post a comment and let me know what you think of this video.

Cheers

Chris