Sailing to the Alphard Banks by Dave Phillips - Spierre
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January 26, 2017

 

So Alphard banks. We sailed overnight from Breede river mouth and arrived at Alphard just before daybreak. There were three boats at the Alphards when we arrived and they disappeared before sunrise. We trawled around without much action early.

Two commercial boats arrived from Struisbaai. They were baiting on the shallowest pinnacle. As we trawled towards them we had two strikes and the yellowtail came up en masse in our wake. The rest of the day was characterized by the tail coming up for 30s to a minute at a time. Almost all small fish.

We mostly fished, but a couple of us did a few drifts on the shallower section. Almost every dive I saw big fish. First dive I landed a 10kg tail. Put the spear back in my gun then undid the clip to get the shooting line through the fish. Heard a gentle scrape and looked down to see the end of the shooting line disappearing into the murk. One spear down.

Grabbed my second gun for the next drift. Got to the bottom and pulled off a shot at another good tail but overestimated the power of my 1.1, shot fell short. Borrowed a mates 1.3 rigged to a float line, for the next drift. The line was short. I reached the end of it about 8m from the bottom. I could see a nice fish of about 15kg swimming slowly below me, safely out of range.

The viz was nice but not amazing probably 7 to 8m. Good fish on almost every dive. But it was mostly a fishing trip so couldn't have 2 guys holding up the other 6 wanting to chase the shoals.

Saw plenty of tail a school of hotties, a few small Miss Lucy, Katonkel and a big Gallie.

Mostly fished, we landed plenty of tail and a good few Carpenter when we did a bit of bottom fishing when things calmed down around mid-day. We fished until sunset and then headed back overnight again.

Can't wait to do it again when there are a few Tuna around and maybe even a Marlin.


Spearfishing Alphard Banks, South Africa

Spearfishing Alphard Banks, South Africa





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