Sardine Run...What's it all about
As usual we will be doing guided fishing and photographic tours for the period of the Sardine Run this year. June July maybe August. As most of you know this event is unpredictable as far as timing is concerned and also logistically can be very challenging! Putting those attributes aside this exhilarating event is one not to miss!
As April progressed and the offshore winds start to blow along the East Coast and the water colour turns greener and colder the word on everyone's lips is Sardines. The whole Sardine experience is mind blowing. To be out on a flat calm Ocean and all of a sudden the water explodes with Fish, Sharks, Dolphins, and Whales is something words cannot describe
Our schedule is flexible and based on the migration and showings of the sardines. Through our network of resources we are able to get up to date information on the whereabouts of the Sardines. The most popular time is the end of June and the beginning of July, even as late as August.
What will I need?
We will provide you with a full list of what you will need to bring along. You will of course need your Jetski, valid safety equipment, skippers ticket, and fishing licence. You will definitely need cameras and videos! We also offer land based viewings where you will see netting of the Sardines. We have a huge network of Sardine Spotters to assist in our search for Sardines. We also arrange Scuba Diving Tours.
What fish can you expect to catch?
The game fish that follow the Sardine Shoals are Snoek, (Queen Mackerel) Couta (King Mackerel) Bonito, Yellowfin Tuna, Sail Fish.
Photographic and video opportunities
We will be up close and personal with the Gannets, where you would be forgiven for thinking you should be wearing a crash helmet as they repeatedly drop from the air with exacting precision to eat their little silver prey. Whales, Dolphins, and Sharks will be very close. We will keep a safe distance and we will not interfere or go too close to the Whales.
More Sardine Run Information
Where do the Sardines appear
On their journey up the South African East Coast the Sardines will pass through the Transkei where we will go and meet them. Alternatively we will meet them somewhere as they enter the Durban Natal South Coast. Popular spots are Port Edward, Ramsgate, Margate, Shelly Beach, Hibberdene, Pumula, Rocky Bay, Scottburgh, Umkomaas, Umgababa, Amanzimtoti and Durban. Any of these places are easily accessible from our base in Umkomaas
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4x4 Tyre Deflator Super Fast!
Never has been deflating your Tyres been so easy as with this unique Tyre Deflator. This is one of the best accessories you will buy.
Battery Buddy no3 #3
OVERVIEW OF BATTERY BUDDY #3
All-in-One PowerBank, Jump Start, and LED Flashlight!
A powerful compact and convenient one of a kind charge-everything device that fits inside your pocket or cubby hole of your vehicle. Never worry about your smart phone, laptop or tablet running low on battery ever again. If your car or SUV won’t start, you don’t have to call a tow truck service for assistance. If you enjoy the outdoors you don’t need to bring an additional flashlight. The Battery Buddy is the only thing you need to solve all of these problems. It’s the Swiss army knives of portable power bank devices. It can power and charge all of your devices, start your car, and even save your life in the outdoors!Please note that this model can be used for both Petrol and Diesel engines.
Portable Battery Charger On The Go
A great travel companion that you can take with you on the go to charge all of your portable electronic devices, such as smart phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, camcorders, GPS unit, MP3 players, wireless headphones, and portable gaming systems. It’s equipped with a 5V / 2.1A USB ports that can charge multiple devices fast and simultaneously. Once devices are fully charged it will go into sleep mode to preserve the battery.
CAR AND SUV JUMP STARTER
Compact and Convenient To Keep In The Car!
If your car or SUV won’t start don’t call a tow truck service or wait on the side of the road for help. Use the Battery Buddy #3 with the jumper cables to start your car battery in a matter of seconds. Keep it in the cubby hole at all times and you can use it multiple times (Up to 20x on a full charge). It’s so easy and convenient to use that every driver should keep one at all times.Please note that this model can be used for both Petrol and Diesel engines.
Ultra-Bright LED Flashlight That’s Convenient For All Purposes!
Whether you’re working under the hood, or outdoors camping you’ll be glad to have this flashlight handy. It has multiple illumination modes: Constant On and SOS Signal Light. If you’re outdoors camping and find yourself in an emergency situation you can use the SOS signal light flash to attract attention. Once activated the SOS signal flash will stay on continuously for up to 120 hours on a full charge. It can make the difference in saving your life
Battery Buddy #3
- Product: Battery Buddy #6 petrol and diesel engine jump starter
- Capacity: 12000mAh
- Input: DC 15V-1A
- Output: 2 x 5V-2A
- Starting current: 250A
- Peak current: 500A
- Re-charge time: Approx. 4hours
- Time between re-charges: Without use approx. 3 months
- Dimensions: 165 x 75 x 32mm
- Weight: 438g
- LED Energy: 0.5W
- Life span: >1000 charges
- Protect functions: Over-charging and over-discharging
Battery Buddy #3
Included with the unit
- Charging Cables
- 220v Wall Charger
- Car Charger
- 2 x Multi Cell Phone Type Cable
- Proprietary Crocodile Jumper Cables
- Hard ABS Plastic Storage Case
- Exclusive 12v Gadget Adapter
- User Manual
Boat Hook Telescopic
As an additional required Safety Item in Mozambique you are required to carry a Boat Hook. Jetski Fishng SA can offer you a Lightweight Telescopic Boat Hook. These Boat Hooks are used to either pull another craft safely to you at close range, or you can pull yourself closer to another vessel. We also offer the other items of Safety Equipment required in Mozambique that are not required in South Africa like a V Flag, Emergency Water, Emergency Food etc.
BRP Sea Doo Jetski Diagnostic Service Checks
Whatever Diagnostic Fault you have with your BRP Sea Doo Jetski give us a call.
Reset Service Light
HISTORY of Jetski Fish Finders.
Firstly when I say Fish Finder I actually mean Fish Finder / Sonar GPS Chart Plotter, or whatever you may call your particular Marine Electronics device. A "Fish Finder" as we will call it from now is probably not on the list of a "Must Haves" when you first purchase your Jetski or at least you are probably thinking that you have to purchase the lowest cost you can get away with as it probably will not make much difference anyway. You could not be further from the truth! From my own personal experience once you have a fish finder and it is taken away it will be like driving a car down a dark road with no lights. Yes its that important to me. Actually more important to me is the Chart Plotter as you can always ask a mate to supply you some GPS marks. The different types of fish you target may demand a better quality, or different type of fish finder, but more of that later.
When purchasing a new Fish Finder beyond 2024 these are a few of the questions to ask yourself......
Screen size. Is it important? Yes it definitely is important. The bigger the better, however a 7 inch is perfect. A 5 inch unit was OK until the new landscape format units came out and now 7 inch is the one to go for as long as your budget allows. A few guys have fitted 9 inch units and they are amazing, however you must reinforce the mounting point on your Jetski.
Do you need a Map Card? Units now come with a basic GPS to get you to your favourite fishing spot and back again. For some people that's OK. The benefit of course is that you do not have a door to open to access a memory card which could take in water. We do of course have a Fish Finder Cover to solve that issue Check them out here..... Flexible Covers If you do choose not to have a Map Card to be honest you would be missing out on so much! No transferring of Waypoints quickly. No back up of your Waypoints & Trails. No Map detail like 1 ft contours. NO area maps to find reefs and drop offs quickly.
Should I buy a Map Card...Yes that's my answer. Its like buying a TV with no programs and making your own content. No thanks I want to fish! The newer cards now have 1ft contours that gives you incredible reef details so you can do more fishing. Give me a shout if you want to know more about Map Cards.
Where will you mount the unit? Gone are the days where you could bolt your Head Unit onto the front hood. It just doesn't work and your unit will not last for very long due to the vibration and bouncing about. We make Custom Mounts from Stainless Steel and also supply RAM mounts
Lowrance offer a range of three choices of Fish Finders. Firstly the 2020 HOOK2 range HOOK2 RANGE which is now only available in a 4 inch version and to be honest I would not recommend it for a Jetski at all! For the budget conscious buyers and anyone who just wants the basics and would rather be fishing than playing with electronics I would recommend the New 2020 Hook Reveal range especially the 7 inch version. The second range is the Elite TI range ELITE TI2 RANGE which is an in between range and perfect for a Jetski however Lowrance have stopped making a 5 inch unit in that range. And finally the creme de la creme of Fish Finders the HDS Live range. HDS LIVE RANGE That's what I have and if its affordable to you I would suggest you get a 7 inch HDS Live. The display is amazing bright and clear. Two card slots which is invaluable if you want to map with your unit.
There are basically two ways to mount a Transducer onto a Jetski. Internally and externally. Prior to 2014 the installation of choice was to mount an Airmar P79 inside the hull. This type of transducer is filled with antifreeze or light oil and worked extremely well if fitted correctly! The benefit of fitting an in hull transducer is that when beaching and trailering / de trailering the transducer is protected. The downside is that you need to fit an external temperature transmitter. With the arrival of HDI and Chirp technology it has become essential to mount your Transducer externally. 2019 seen the arrival of Side Scan and huge Transducers which now gives us the capability of 120 metres side view from your vessel. In reality I have found that 30 to 40 metres side view in the Ocean is perfect on a very calm day! These new Transducers are definitely a challenge on a Jetski as beaching and de trailering can be a problem, so great care must be taken. I would definitely say use a Beach roller. In my opinion however the benefits outweigh the negatives.
If you would like the best Transducer for normal Broadband Sonar you cant beat a TM150 External Transducer. If you want Side Scan go for a Lowrance 3 in 1 Transducer but be warned they are huge! Here are some of the Transducers available. Transducers If you do not see yours listed or need help just contact me. Mick.
MOUNTING THE HEAD UNITS
Mounting the Head Unit of your Fish Finder can be a challenge on your Jetski so we either use a custom made mounting or a Ram Mounting. We also supply Flexible Covers for all units to protect your Fish Finder in the surf zone and rough weather.
Remember as you add Marine Electronics, Pumps etc. it is extremely important that you add a Dual Battery setup to your Jetski. Here is the Jetski Dual Battery parts Link to Dual Battery Kits If you would like installation help or us to fit your Dual Battery give me a shout. Mick.
Codfathers Top 10 Tips to prevent loosing your Jetski Rods & Reels
Loosing a Fishing Rod and Reel is very unpleasant and very expensive. If you haven't done it yet on your Jetski you will, that is almost guaranteed. Its the nature of the environment. Wet, bumpy, rough conditions and slippery hands are a recipe for disaster. Rod Holders coming loose or breaking are another example of how we may loose a Rod & Reel, and of course the classic. "I will just put it there for a second even though I shouldn't" scenario. The famous balancing your Rod & Reel on the edge of your Jetski knowing that you shouldn't as it could (and will) fall off into the deep blue abyss. You know what I mean! All the fore mentioned words are pretty much a guarantee that one day you will loose your pride and joy if you are not careful.
All of the above incidents usually happen while we are out at sea, and to be honest most could be classed as accidents and may have been out of our control and genuinely an accident. We can however take extra precautions and limit the chances of loosing our Rods & Reels whilst what I consider is the highest risk area and that is in the surf zone. So many times I have seen guys loose expensive tackle in the surf. A few times up to six Rods & Reels. Now that's a lot of cash! Loosing Rods & Reels can be easily prevented by fitting Rod Holder Elastic Hold Downs. This is a very simple system that you can either purchase from us or very easily make your own. Full details here Rod Holder Elastic Hold Downs
Rod Holders are a great accessory and a must on any Fishing Jetski
Another sure way of loosing a Rod or two is to leave them lying around after you have finished fishing. There are so many things on your mind when you finish fishing your mind is constantly working and its so easy to lean a Rod & Reel up against a wall or another vehicle and simply drive off and forget about them. What I have found is a good idea is to make a Rod Holder for transporting and storing Rods & Reels and its also a great platform to keep your Rods & Reels together while cleaning and hosing them down after fishing. Here's how to make one Portable Rod & Tackle Holder
Theft of course could be a problem and expensive Rods & Reels on view in a vehicle or left untended is an invitation for a thief to help themselves to your prized tackle collection. I would suggest keeping all Rods & Reels safely locked on your vehicle or hidden away in a Trailer Rod Holder like these Trailer Rod Holder
Codfathers Top 10 tips to prevent loosing your Jetski rods & Reels
Tip #1 Always tie down your Rods & Reels in the surf zone and when travelling form reef to reef with a Rod Holder Elastic Hold Downs
Tip #2 Always tie down your Rods & Reels in the surf zone and when travelling form reef to reef with a Rod Holder Elastic Hold Downs
Tip #3 Always use a Rod Leash when fishing
Tip #4 Use quality Rod Holders like a Scotty or a Railblaza. Budget Rod Holders are ok if you do not fish tight drags
Tip #5 Don't put your Rod down just for a second where it doesn't look safe!
Tip #6 Use a plastic BG type internally mounted Rod Holder when fishing deep lipped lures as they may break Scotty & Railblazas
Tip #7 When travelling store your Rods in your vehicle or in a purpose built Rod Carrying Box which fits on your Jetski Trailer.
Tip #8 Dont leave your Rods lying around or leaning against a car or a wall unattended where they can be easily stolen
Tip #9 When travelling with your Jetski on your trailer remove the Rods from your cages as they could catch on overhanging trees, fences, overhead wires, cables etc. Been there done that!
Tip #10 Finally make sure that you insure your tackle. Speak to the nice people at Club Marine as they specialise in Marine insurance. Club Marine Insurance
Couta Trace With Bait Swimmer Small
Click on the pictures above to see the various colour options we have available to you. Our Jetski Fishing Traces are hand made by Jetski Fishing South Africa...We make Traces that produce the goods!!!!
The Jetski Fishing Couta Traces come in three sizes. Small, Medium, and Large.
These sizes represent the Baits intended for their use. Small is ideal for Small Mackerel, Small Sardines and Small Red Eyes. Large Traces are ideal for large Mackerel and small Bonito. See special Bonito Traces.
All Jetski Fishing Traces come packaged in a clear packet.
We also sell our in house manufactures Trace Wallets.
If you are travelling to Mozambique you will require Emergency Food Cartons as part of your Safety Kit. Its actually quite a good idea to keep the Emergency Water as part of your Safety Equipment in South Africa. If you do ever get stranded out at Sea at least you will have Food. We also sell Emergency Water Packs which are required in Mozambique.
FJC10 Manual Wire Winch Cable With Hook
Go Fish Double Hook Beanie Hat
Go Fish Beanies to keep you warm this winter.
Go Fish Double Hook VZ Trucker Blue
Colours available Black and Black, Blue and White, Red and White
Go Fish Double Hook VZ Trucker RED
Colours available Black, Blue, White, Red
Go Fish Revolution Badge Soft Trucker
Soft Foam front. Cool mesh back. Perfect for on the water comfort and off water fishing fashion.
Colours available Red
HAND WASHER BRUSH 300MM
This Wash Brush is ideal for cleaning your Jetski as it attaches to a hose pipe and can be used with Salt Away or Salt Assassin to clean your Jetski or Trailer.
HAND WASHER BRUSH WITH SOAP DISPENSER 57 CM
This extended handle Wash Brush is ideal for cleaning Jetskis and Trailers. With the included Salt Away dispenser this is a no brainer...Just get one!!!
Crazy Low price also!!!!!
Yamaha FX Latch Lid Lock Knob
Replaces the Knob Latch that breaks on the Glove Compartment Box on a Yamaha FX Waverunner Jetski. You must reuse the old pin.
Similar to OE Yamaha F1X628750000
Similar to OE Yamaha F1X- 62875-00-00
Fits Yamaha FX 2004 to 2012 not the new 2012 onwards shape.
Jetski and Kayak Safety Pencil Flares
You will require these Pencil Flares for a CAT E vessel registered in South Africa. They are really usefullto add to a CAT D safety kit as you will have 10 shots to fire if ever you are in distress.
- 1 pencil flare set is required for Category E
- Max Height: 45m
Jetski Tubbys Buoyancy Certificate UPDATED 2019
From 2017 You now require a separate Buoyancy Certificate for your Tubbys, Jetwings, Pontoons, Side Pods, etc. and endorsed by SAMSA. The Tubby manufacturer must show SAMSA that if flooded the vessel will not sink, and the Tubbys / Jetwings / Pods etc. are also capable of being flooded. One of the options a manufacturer has is to do a Jetski 'Drop Test' This requires that a Jetski (not yours!) just a similar one must be dropped into sea water from a height of 2 metres. I witnessed one of these tests with Monty who manufactured the Jetwings. It is not for the faint hearted! Anyway you just need to contact the manufacturer for a copy of the certificate and attach it to your original buoyancy certificate.
In South Africa a Buoyancy Certificate is required for your Jetski before you can pass a COF (Certificate Of Fitness). Manufacturers issue a vessel wide Buoyancy Certificate when the vessel is new which is applicable to all models however your unique HIN (Hull Identification Number) is printed or written onto the buoyancy certificate. Contact us if you have lost or require a new Buoyancy Certificate and we will obtain one for you. Some are charged most there is no charge Yamaha and Sea doo are available. NOTE If you have any alterations do to your Jetski which affects the integrity of the hull you may need an Independant SAMSA appointed surveyor to issue a new Buoyancy Certificate. UPDATE There was a SAMSA (South African Marine Safety Association) Marine Notice (MN18 of 2015) which now means that if you fit Tubbys, Jetwings, Fast Pods, Pontoons etc. You will need the manufacturers approval (ie Yamaha or Sea doo etc) and the Pod manufacturer ie Racetech, Jetwings, Fast Power Sports, Hooked Up Motorsports. The Marine Notice was issued in late 2015 causing confusion and immediate cancellation of SAMSA appointed agents issuing buoyancy certificates. HOWEVER common sense prevailed as December is the busiest time of the year to issue certificates and the examiners are issuing COFs with the old original buoyancy certificate until further notice. All notices can be viewed here SAMSA Marine Notices
Seadoo Buoyancy Certificate
Yamaha Buoyancy Certificate