|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.|
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.|
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?|
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.