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#Spearfishing group on Facebook – #VisWatch


Shifty: “Simba, dude you wana go dive?”
Simba: “Yea I am keen! Any Idea what the sea is looking like?”
Shifty: “No idea, but lets give it a shot.”
*Drives out to location*
Shifty: “Jees the water it dirty.”
Simba: “Yea…I don’t feel like getting in there” 
*goes home rather disappointed”

Has something like this happened to you?  I am sure it has and as a result you have wasted time when you could have driven to a different spot with better conditions…if you had only known about it.

Vis Watch on Facebook is trying eliminate that. With over 220 spearo’s in and around the Cape Town area giving feed back on swell, water temp and visibility conditions, in various spearfishing locations around the Western Cape, the chances of you driving out to your favourite spot just to find that the conditions are less than ideal are slowly fading away. Photos of the locations are a great help too.

I will start posting comments from the Facebook page here (linked to my Twitter feed) with the #VisWatch hashtag.  Hoping that it will catch on.

Happy spearing all.

~ Shifty

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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in #VisWatch, Dive Spots

 

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West Coast Rock Lobster info chart

West Coast Rock Lobster info chart

For some additional info and a map on restricted areas please refer to the pamphlet below.

For more information on the dates and what nots please go here.

West Coast Rock Lobster information chart

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Dive Spots, Ramblings

 

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Spearfishing Dassen Island [Video]

Spearfishing Dassen Island [Video]

Here is a short clip of  spearfishing at Dassen Island.

Dassen Island lies ~10km off shore of Ysterfontain on the West Coast. The Island has a lighthouse and a small jetty with a few houses but is mostly home to colonies of penguins, cormorants, and seals. There are a number of shipwrecks strewn across shore line making this a foreboding but exiting place to dive.

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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Dive Spots, Ramblings, Videos for the Week

 

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Diving and Spearfishing in South Africa – Author Piet van Rooyen

Diving and Spearfishing in South Africa – Author Piet van Rooyen

Here is a gem of a book, written by a Namibian spearo named Piet van Rooyen. I am going to do everything in my power to get my hands on this ASAP, but in the mean time read the review by Gavin Taylor over at Spearfishingsa.co.za.

The book seems to cover absolutely everything and is available to purchase from most spearing shops or can be ordered online at: Struik Travel and Heritage.

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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Dive Spots, Ramblings, Tips and Tricks

 

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Spearfishing – Saunder’s Rock (Bantry Bay: Cape Town)


Bantry Bay, Saunders Rock

Bantry Bay, Saunders Rock

Spearfishing in Cape Town:

Saunders Rock: Bantry Bay

This great little spot is located in Bantry Bay / Seapoint. If you head down Queens Street then take the left all the way at the bottom right at the beach. Head along until you get to a no entry sign (the road becomes a one way), find parking and take a small walk up the one way (about 10m) there is a stairway heading down to the rocks. That is where you will enter the water.

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Dive Spots

 

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Spearfishing – Portland Bill, Weymouth (England)


Spearfishing in England:

Portland Bill: Weymouth, Dorset

Caution, the Portland bill is known for an out to sea rip known as “the race” best done with drift diving with a boat.

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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Dive Spots

 

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Spearfishing – Chesil Beach, Dorset (England)


Spearfishing in England:

Chesil Beach: Dorset

At the eastern end of the beach at the village of Chiswell, against the cliffs of the Isle of Portland, the beach curves round sharply to form Chesil Cove.

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Dive Spots

 

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