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Early sardine surprise on Upper South Coast

The sardines put in a surprise early appearance on Toti’s shores on Wednesday, June 23, after the Natal Sharks Board predicted their arrival on Thursday.

22 June 2011 | Earl Baillache

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UNCONFIRMED reports were received by the SUN of some activity at Toti main beach in the morning.
At noon a few baskets were caught at Umgababa Beach, while a handful of baskets were netted near the Beach Cabin in Warner Beach in the afternoon.
There was a lot of activity on the beaches, but they were early pilot shoals, with a massive shoal still to move up to Toti from Port St Johns.

 The Natal Sharks Board on Wednesday reported activity as far north as Isipingo, where 14 baskets were netted, and down south to Umgababa.
"A sardine flight on Monday revealed a spectacle of thousands of Cape gannets and dolphins stretching in a continuous line for about 6km from Brazen Head to just north of the Umtata River,"  said Mike Anderson-Reade, head of operations at Natal Sharks Board.
"This is a massive shoal of sardines which, if they continue onto the coast of KZN, may produce a spectacular bumper run."

As a result of the fast  moving action on the Upper South Coast all shark nets south of Durban have been removed for the moment and bathers are advised to consult with lifeguards prior to entering the sea at popular beaches.

Please call the Sardine Hotline on 083 913 9495 to get the latest information on the sardine movement.

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