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Scottburgh and Surrounds

Posted by Silverback on 06 November 2007 at 12:38 PM

A great spot whether making a shore entry or diving off a boat

I like to keep a journal of all my spearfishing excursions. It helps keep the mind focused on particular tasks and makes great reading and reminiscing when the conditions are poor. It also allows me to record tips people give me, like how to approach a specific species of fish or details of a particular spot or if I am very lucky a GPS co-ordinate or two. The following represents some records from my journal:

Shore-entry south of main point at Scottburgh. The sea was perfect. Very clean, hardly any current and flat as glass. The swim in was quite taxing, having to negotiate relatively big surf. Once behind the breakers though it was a different story. The shallow reef was very quiet. Even when I was lying on the reef in a hidey-hole or tucked behind a drop-off, nothing was happening. Another mood killer was the distinct lack of crackling that normally indicates the reef is active. I had pulled my flashers with me and was quite amused by the aggression of the tiny cat-faced rockcod that were hammering the squid I had suspended near the reef.

While I lay on the surface preparing for a dive and keeping an eye on my position above the reef, a massive shoal of red-eye sardines began milling around me. This has to be the ticket. I dropped through the school, which casually opened up to allow me through and I lay on the reef facing upwards looking for that gamefish that was sure to be there. Nothing! But what I did notice was that as soon as my head had that definite information, I was able to really extend my bottom time comfortably. I was not much deeper than 10 metres but I was managing 2 minutes with ease. I found that being warm, seeing the reef and maintaining position but most importantly, seeing those baitfish that must hold gamefish kept my attention focused. It is that kind of focus you need to work toward when you are cold, the conditions unpleasant and nothing seems to be happening. By looking for that key that unlocks your positive attitude in the water, you can only succeed.

The rest of the dive? A really stupid Wildeperd or Zebra was attracted to this curious lump lying on his reef. He swam rapidly over to investigate me then realised his mistake. He turned to my right and I headed behind the fish to my left. He turned to see what the hell I was doing and discovered the shaft of my spear hurtling towards him.

I do prefer leaving the water with something on my stringer. I feel like less of a plonker. Just a personal thing mind you.

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