Thursday, September 12, 2019

My first garric caught at Mapelane

On Teusday  10 September 2019 I took a small walk ( about 3 Km ) from St. Lucia to Mapelane and fished the bay at Mapelane itself. There were a few shad coming out, so I decided to swim one. This has a common name among fishermen called walking the dog. I was quite lucky and had a good pick up in less than five minutes, but this fish was lucky and escaped during the pick up stage.

Feeling depressed, I caught a second shad and swam that too.  Once again my bait was in the water less than five minutes before I had a second pick up.  This fish was also lucky and after about ten minutes of serious arguing it just spat my hooks out. I was now really depressed, but as I got back a holiday maker, fishing in the bay at Mapelane came up and gave me a fresh shad, and said better luck on the third attempt.  This fish was rather lively, and swam a bit deeper than the first two, but in less than five minutes I was on with the third pick up.

This fish felt a bit smaller than the second fish, but really gave me gears. This fish ran quite hard and stretched my line quite well.  This fish really gave me a good work out and had two more  good runs before it started to tire out. We argued for about ten minutes, then she started coming in little by little. I walked up the beach to give me the advantage of the stretch in the nylon, and slowly forced the fish into the wash zone of the long beaches that we currently have along the shore line here in the St. Lucia area. I loosened the drag just a small touch, coz this is the zone where most anglers snap up, as the fish gives a serious spurt of energy when the wash is receding, so one needs to be very careful.

This fish held true to all past experiences, and tried to use the wash against me, but I was ready, and the fish lost. This wash zone is always a problem for inexperienced fishermen, and many do not keep enough pressure on the line,  simply try to reel up the slack  as the waves push in.  This is a serious error, and one must simply walk or if the waves are a bit fast,  run backwards, keeping the pressure on the line, ensuring that there is no chance of slack line, as this can allow your hook to dislodge, and your fish to escape. At this stage one needs to be real careful not to put too much pressure on the fish, coz your line may snap, or the hook pull loose.

The guys fishing with braid need to be more careful  here, due to the fact that braid has zero stretch, and a snap off can occur as the fish uses the power of the receding water very efficiently. I personally do not fish with braid simply because it has no stretch.  Others enjoy the fact that there is no stretch, and that is their personal preference. The stretch of your line is the key to keeping pressure on the fish as each new wave pushes the fish closer to the beach, and you as the angler need to use the power of the wave to bring the fish up the wash zone, and understand the the fish will use this same power to get back over the lip and into deeper water.  By ensuring that you keep pressure on the fish and hold it in the wash zone as it gets shallower, robbing the fish of the advantage of deeper water as its belly touches the sand.

Do not ever let this fool you as a fish swimming on its side still has immense power, but the sand will stop the fish once the water recedes enough.  A fish on the sand is not in the bag, and very often the next wave will have your fish swimming again, and this time with much more vigour, as it understands that this is a life and death situation, so be prepared, and do not take tension off the line until somebody has got hold of your fish and is running up the beach with fish in hand.

This garric weighed in  at just over seven kilograms ( 7.4 ) and when gutted proved to be a female with eggs. I do not do the tag and release thing, as I catch fish for the pot, if not mine, then some body else will enjoy cooking and eating what I catch.

Any way enough bragging about the fish I caught, and now for a request of help to get the 4u2fish campaign some social media coverage and some positive public perception  management points. The #4u2fish campaign is all about returning consumptive tourism to the South African coast line. Our initial focus at the 4u2fish campaign will be on the Elephant Coast region, which was previously called the Maputuland Coast. Since the IWPA ( ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK AUTHORITY ) took over the management of the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park way back in December 1999 things have slowly changed for the worse with the IWPA being anti domestic tourism, and promoting international tourism at the expense of us as South Africans, causing many serious issues including the loss of more than 20 000 jobs, as a consequence of bad management decisions and related community anger.

This anger is slowly building up and the management of the IWPA just simply brush it off and carry on regardless.  The 4u2fish campaign aims to stop the IWPA in their tracks, and reverse the anti domestic tourism drive that they have been running since they stepped into the picture.  The local population of Umkhanyakude District Municipality is reliant on the passing trade associated with domestic tourism,  so bringing back consumptive tourism is a big issue, as this is basically the domestic tourism market.

Your help in talking about this and getting the topic of consumptive tourism out there in the social media will be appreciated.

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Sorry guys, but my old tablet wont publish the pic, I will get the pic published from another device just as soon as I can.   

Monday, September 9, 2019

The 4u2fish campaign is active and needs your views

Yesterday, 29 August 2019 I attended a public meeting called by the IWPA or iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority to discuss issues around concessions and concession holders problems. At first glance most of the attendees at the meeting were impressed by the IWPA delegates and the new approach of inclusivity  by the management team of the park.

That being said, the team from the IWPA were either ill informed, or they were trying to pull the wool over the publics eyes.

This public  meeting was .held in the old NPB Auditorium in the village of St. Lucia and there were many folks from Sodwana bay and other outlaying areas of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The thing that stuck in my throat, and caused me to have a sleepless night was the fact that we, as local residents were told that the casuarina trees surrounding the ablution facilities at the St. Lucia estuary mouth were dying, and that this was the reason for their removal.

This in my humble opinion is a blatant lie, and I am not sure if this was dis-information or mis-information. Any body that knows casuarina trees  will tell you that these trees are extremely hardy, and that there are no known  diseases which kill them off here in Zululand.  Think clearly and remember which trees the dune mining companies use within their rehabilitation process after mining.

Casuarina trees were planted by the South African government ( way back in the late 1950's early 1960's ) to change wind flow patterns and protect our sand dunes after a rather tedious and lengthy study. They did their job very well, but the new science folks deem this to be problematic, and there was a great effort from the early 2010's to remove these, as the new scientific opinion was that these trees are now causing unwanted problems.  This debate needs to be held at a future public participation process meeting, where all sides should be allowed to question the scientific data available,  personally I believe that  the removal of the casurina trees along our shoreline was an error, as this was the only mechanism that protected our beaches  and dunes from wind erosion and the influence of coastal currents at the bases of our primary dunes along the coastline between Mapelane and Kozi Bay.

These casurina trees in question were keeping the estuary open and prevented the migration of the beach into the St. Luçia  estuary mouth. The road between Ingwe beach and estuary beach is already a few meters under sand and not accessible in any shape manner or form. This is the same area that is part of the St. Lucia precinct plan, where the current board walk ( from the Ski Boat club to the beach) is about to be extended.  The fact that this sand migration is not discussed and included in the EIA ( Environmental Impact Assessment ) needs some serious attention, as the ablution blocks were apparently removed due to their perceived problem location, which is the same location that the board walk extension is supposed to be, whiçh strangely has no problems at all.

This does not make sense at all, and somebody some where is about to be in a very uncomfortable position. The space is approved for new development, but the old development has been removed due to environmental stability problems.  So is there a problem or not? Were these trees really ill? Trees do not die without cause, casurina trees are truly hardy, and can grow in rather hostile environments.

The question is thus which information is correct ?  They are mutually exclusive issues, so some explanation is needed.

We thus need an explanation of what disease or problems these trees had, and what was the issue which warranted their removal and the removal of the ablution block that they were protecting?

What do you think that we, as the 4u2fish management team, should do?

Should we ask for the EIA ( Environmental Impact Assessment ) for the so-called St. Lucia Precinct plan to be revisited, and the Environmental Practitioner who approved this development to be investigated because the SAND FLOW ISSUES for the boardwalk extension appear to be some how ignored ?  Or is there some other explanation which is being withheld from the publiç domain?

Please leave a comment and share if you think that others should get involved.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Biodiversity problems in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The current situation within the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park is not one that folks want to hear about,  as it is both  depressing and infuriating at the same time.  The main  issue is that the IWPA or iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority have been mandated to manage the iSimangaliso Wetland Park  World Heritage Site, in terms of the WHCA  ( World Heritage Convention Act ) and associated legislations, but have failed to take local communities into consideration, causing many strange problems, with the largest impact being the dramatic collapse of the biodiversity within Lake St. Lucia and the St. Lucia Estuary system.

The knock on impacts of this collapsed biodiversity are quite substantial, and the negative impact on the Umkhanyakude district municipality is growing at an alarming rate as communities no longer have access to the vast renewable resources that sustained them in the past. Expanding Poaching,  excessive harvesting of wild fruits, and generally living off the land in a non sustainable manner are also part  of the impacts associated with the collapse of the biodiversity within the St. Lucia Estuary System and associated waterways within the Umkhanyakude.

The tourism losses that are directly connected to the loss of biodiversity within the St. Lucia Estuary system and surrounding rural areas is substantial, as the boating public along with their friends, family and associates are no longer visiting our region.  The passing trade associated with the boating fraternity is quite substantial, and this really needs to be addressed at 1) National level, 2) Provincial level, 3) district and local municipally level.

The 4U2FISH campaign is in place to address these issues and help government connect the dots between poor biodiversity management within the iSimangaliso Wetland park and poverty on the ground in the Umkhanyakude district municipality.  The fact that local communities are excluded from the many mandated planning procedures within the IWP is of grave concern.  Our collective rights in terms of section 24 of the   South African Constitution are quite extensive and include but are not restricted to :

1) economic rights
2) social rights
3) land access rights
4) access rights to renewable natural resources

These are very important rights that communities have lost due to the manner in which the IWPA administer their mandate to manage the first world heritage site in South Africa. There are many acts and a host of related legislations which mandate how the park should be managed, but the IWPA has acted as if their decisions are outside of the South African laws, and they are not responsible to the South African public for the economic and social devastation  that follows their actions, policies, activities and decisions.

The 4U2FISH campaign has been established to mobilise the public into taking actions to remedy the situation.  This public mobilisation has become essential because the IWPA management policies some how seem to exclude public participation processes that are mandated in terms of various acts and associated legislations with the NEMA or National Environmental Management Act being the true tool that we need to use, in conjunction with SECTION 24 of the South African Constitution as quoted below.


Everyone has the right

a. to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and

b. to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that

i. prevent pollution and ecological degradation;

ii. promote conservation; and

iii. secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

End quote....

So effectively section 24 \  b \ iii states     

Everyone has the right to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development. 

Now the rights in the bill of rights are not exclusive to natural persons,  and JURISTIC PERSONS also have recourse in terms of these rights.  This implies that the various impacted communities which have lost economic, social and environmental rights as a consequence of the management strategies implemented by the IWPA have recourse in terms of section 24 of the South African constitution.

Please join us in the debate around this issue on our FACE BOOK PAGE


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fishing at Mission Rocks in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Fishing  at Mission Rocks and adjacent rocky  shores in the iSimangaliso  Wetland  Park  is usually quite awsome, but the wind  has been blowing  in a north east direction for about three weeks now, chasing many folks off the rocks and making fishing a bit uncomfortable.

These first three weeks in November 2017 have produced  some fish along the rocky shores between  Cape Vidal  and St. Lucia, but there  should have been plenty more. My fishing   trip with Gareth  Robertson  the weekend  (18 / 19 November 2017) was quite enjoyable, even though we were blown  into submission on Saturday 18 November, coz we had an opportunity  to do a little driving around the iSimangaliso  Wetland  Park  and we're treated to some really cool sightings of game, as well as plenty of flowers in bloom.

We got to take a walk on the dried out sand  bed of Lake Bhangazi,  and  bumped  into some guys that were  fishing for barbel in the murky waters, and had a beer with them while chatting about barbel  fishing in general.

The drive on the  Bhangazi  loop road was very relaxed and a number of cars passed us as we took our time looking at flowers in bloom and just simply  enjoying the many game sightings, with plenty of ZEBRA,   KUDU,  GNU (blue wildebeest) RHINO, and other creatures.

This loop road was very fruitful  from a game viewing  perspective and I recommend  that every visitor to the iSimangaliso  Wetland  Park  take the time and effort to experience  as many of the loop roads as their time allows.  In other words, make sure that you go into the park early, and leave just in time to get our before they close the gate.  Remember that there is a R 500.00 fine for late exit......

There are many new loop toads and a few different  hides, so perhaps a day or three maybe  better  to see all.  There is plenty to see with lots of game, and even Hyhina  and leopards if you are lucky.  As for birds, there are plenty, and some are  rather  special sightings, like saddle  billed  storks.  There are plenty of yellow billed kites, but these seem to be restricted  to the coastal  zones only, where we also saw a fish eagle and plenty of swallows.

My battery on my phone died, so I  did not get pics of everything that a I would have liked. So remember  to take a good camera,  with extra  batteries, or a charger that will work  from your  transports  electric supply.

We tried fishing again on Sunday, but once again the wind was up, the surf was a bit on the large  side, and we did not catch  as many  fish as we would have liked.  We did see quite a few fish,  that were  caught by others, where kingfish, grunters, rock  cod,  sand sharks, salmon and others  were on display to claim bragging rights.

Once again, I bobbed out, but Gareth  caught a blue spotted sand shark. I did have a few good runs, and got bitten off three times, so the fish were eating, but our luck was the wrong colour.

On the way  out of the park we were treated to my first Hyhina sighting in the park,  and this guy was rather accommodating, as  I got a few good pics of this beautiful  animal.  We got to the gate at 18 H 58 which was cutting it a bit fine, as we fished in the bay at Cape Vidal till the last  minute, leaving Vidal at 18 H 10 and stopping for a few pics  nearly  became expensive, due to the R 500.00 late  exit  fine.
Hyhina on the roadside  in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park  along the Elephant Coast of KZN South Africa

Kudu  on the road between St. Lucia  and Mission  Rocks in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Two beautiful  rhinos along the road between Cape Vidal  and St  Lucia  in the iSimangaliso  Wetland Park

Grass  orchids  flowering  on the roadside in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park  near mission rocks

Mission rocks sign board  showing GPS co-ordination and warning  signs  which are standard through out the iSimangaliso  Wetland  Park

Warthog seen on the road just before mission rocks, in the iSimangaliso  Wetland  Park

King fish caught by local angler  Oom Daan when fishing near Mission Rocks in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Gareth Robertson  with his catch (Blue spotted Sand shark ) at  Mission Rocks  in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park  28 November 2017

Fishing at Mission  Rocks  in  the   iSimangaliso  Wetland  Park

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Will Andrew Zaloumis be criminaly charged for neglecting Lake St. Lucia and the St. Lucia Estuary system ?

The latest news here today, Tuesday 05 September 2017 is that Uncle Andrew, or Andrew Zaloumis has resigned from his position as CEO of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage site.  This is good news for some folks and bad new for some others. Those who have been the recipients of his good favours may be not too happy, but many South Africans, specifically those who  want to go fishing and enjoy our beautiful golden beaches along the Elephant Coast of KZN South Africa, are thrilled beyond belief that this tyrant has stepped aside.

Andrew Zaloumis as CEO of the IWPA has caused many hardships and cost the Elephant Coast dearly. In 2004 KZN Tourism issued an OCCASIONAL PAPER (#OccasionalPaper20 ) discussing the loss of 20 000 jobs caused by the knock on impacts of the 4x4 ban ( 4x4 ban blog ) #4x4ban  this document makes it very clear that these losses are huge and need government interventions.   Uncle Andrew on the other hand convinced the powers that be that the increase in INTERNATIONAL TOURISM would off set these losses and so they were ignored.

Problem is that the INTERNATIONAL TOURISM did not materialize, and the numbers are still (September 2017) well below the safety thresh hold with most tourism businesses within St. Lucia battling to make ends meet.  There are how ever a select few who have been hand picked by #UNCLEANDREW to make big returns on investment within the exclusive up-market international tourism sector. The losses within the domestic  tourism market were predicted, and intentionally side- lined with Good PUBLIC PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT  and bad intent perhaps even criminal intent on the part of the board of trustees at the IWPA  under the direct supervision and instructions from #UNCLEANDREW as CEO of the iSimangalsio Wetland Park Authority.

This document outlines just how well documented the predicted losses within the Elephant Coast Tourism sector was .  These predicted losses were deliberately ignored, as per linked document, and today the village of St. Lucia is nearly bankrupt,     and the tourism flow figures are way below those
of 1997-1999.  Once #UNCLEANDREW too over as CEO of the #IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) things went south, coz this fella was hell-bent on changing the face of tourism to suit the needs of the eleite, and exclude us as commoners or ordinary south African citizens.

Prices skyrocketed, and the tourism market changed its colours under Andrew Zaloumis as CEO of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.  Lake St. Lucia itself was just a pawn in #UncleAndrew 's plot to break / destroy the domestic tourism market along the Elepehant Coast of KZN South Africa as this would put him in a good place to manage the upper market international tourism trade in a very nasty and self cemterd way, where few would get rich and many would suffer bankruptcy.

take your time and do the home work yourself.  Me telling you that #UNCLEANDREW was bad is not going to help, as nearly every person I speak to has been subject to the #IWPA public perception management strategy that makes the CEO (  #UNCLEANDREW ) look good and right for the job.  How ever once one gets on the ground and talks to the folks who have lost their livelihoods one sees a very different picture.  Problem is that the news papers and other media are afraid of government reprisals, should they say anything untoward.  #UncleAndrew and his team within the inner workings of the ANC have ensured that the truth is well hidden and buried under so much red tape that those looking soon give up.  

Problem is that nature reveals all, and the natural ecosystems within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park are now about to be revaled for what they are....   A DISASTER ZONE and not a paradise as the IWPA and associates have been trying to convince the public.

It is my personal opinion that Andrew Zaloumis should be held criminally liable for the loss of habitat and breeding grounds for marine species within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage site.

Where to from here ?  Well I suggest that you read this blog next, before making any decisions...