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Pomatomus Saltatrix | The Shad or Elf

The Shad (species: Pomatomus saltatrix – Lineaus), also known in South Africa as Elf, in Australia as Tailor and the USA as Bluefish, is a member of the order Perciformes and family Pomatomidae, and is a popular angling and food fish especially in KwaZulu Natal where people of Indian origin find it extremely desirable…

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Footprints in the Sodwana Sand

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The Beach Below Mseni - Sodwana, South Africa

We left our footprints in the sand and nothing else. Who would leave trash on this pristine beach? Anyone doing so should be expelled from the reserve without refund. During the night it rained, and heading down to the beach on the Mseni side we found sand showing no sign of human presence. If not for the wooden stairway leading to the beach one could easily believe the we were the only people ever to have set foot on this beach…

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On to Mazeppa Bay

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Mazeppa Bay, our first destination on the rugged Wild Coast. Mazeppa Bay is well-known for shore-based angling for big sharks. Sharp drop-offs from land to ocean result in deep water access close inshore, with the big sharks and rays coming within reach of cast-bait angling methods.

Mazeppa Bay Deep Water Fishing Spots

There are 3 popular deep water fishing spots around Mazeppa Bay; The Island, Boiling Pot and Shark Point. With a name like “Shark Point” what else could we expect to find except sharks. Situated just North of Mazeppa Bay village Shark Point has provided many anglers lot’s of battles with sharks over 100kg…

One of the species on my expedition list is the Zambezi shark (AKA the Bull shark). Zambezi’s get big – several hundred kilos and come very close inshore. Zambezi’s are probably responsible for most non-fatal  shark attack injuries in South African waters. They range from the tropical east coast to the Eastern Cape (in summer when the water is warmer). I haven’t before landed this species, so the Zambezi is high on my list of desireable fish to catch.

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Great White Shark Poacher in Mossel Bay

Great White Poaching in Mossel Bay

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Great White Shark (Wikipedia)

Responsible fishermen hooking a GW, or indeed any shark, will try very hard not to cause injury, and to ensure a successful release. Yes, anglers do sometimes hook Great White Sharks when fishing for other species – that cannot be helped. It has happened to me.

As a fisherman I know just how hard it can be to land a shark, or any fish of this size when angling from the rocks. The claim the shark was “washed onto the rocks by a wave” is nonsense

Even if circumstances had been as Mr Becker describes, the thing to do would have been to return the shark to the water immediately.

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