Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Salty Diver

Hey guys,
 
Just some quick up dates!
 
Our shirts will be ready for Saturday ... Dale at Massivegear is on the program. He has put together some top quality shirts, not your run of the mill stuff. We have even done some proper fitted ladies T's and some for the kids.
 
For those guys who are members they will get a T on the house, any extra shirts or shirts for the kids will cost R70 .....cheap!
 
So firstly pay your subs!!! Then come on Saturday and get your shirt. And dont forget the kick butt pizza's, 4 those of you that have forgotten already we will be at Angelo's above the CNA in Ballito 6:30 -4- 7:00pm (near Salmon Bay) and kids are welcome, they get to do there own thang ...pizza's, playstations, dvd's etc.
 
On that note would it be possible to reply to this mail and let me know if you will be making it, we need to get a rough idea on numbers.
 
This will also be a great opportunity to invite new guys to come have a 'look see'  ... the more the merrier.
 
Now onto the web site! Sorry it was down over the week end, and I had loads of guys all asking whats happened? It mad me realise how many guys actually check the site on a daily basis. ....It's Great!!
 
Talking about great things did you see Deborah's Cuta??? Go check it out ... especially all you ladies.
 
You would have also noticed that there is another Record. Craig Harper shot a pending SA Record Threadfin Mirrorfish 9.22kg .... I am just waiting on a story to get up there ... no pressure Craig :-)
 
And talking about records this January has been the best ever, with 5 records being broken: Snoek, Yellowfin Tuna, Stumpnose, Prodigal Son, and Threadfin Mirrorfish.
You will see that there is a special section now in the gallery for records ... go check it out!!!
 
We have also added a new feature to he gallery were you can rate the pics .... it will be interesting to see the ratings in a few months from now.
 
Anyway have fun, dive hard and we will see you on Saturday,
 
Cheers
 
Chris

Friday, January 26, 2007

Salty Diver

Hey Salty Boys,
 
Its been one hellova week, the snoek have been loose and the sea conditions epic. I think almost every one I saw diving got at least one fish. Some got a whole lot more ..:-)
 
Just to remind you that Saturday 3rd Feb is going to be our Club Evening at 'Angelo's Kitchen' above the CNA in Ballito. Brett the owner and Spearo has designed a special pizza for us. It's a 'Club Spearo Pizza' . One half is chunky chicken and bacon with feta, hence the 'Club' part. The other side is pepper dews and calamari ... the spearo part. I had the honour of test driving one on Wednesday nite and have to say it is the absolute bomb.
 
We will also be handing out our club shirts on Saturday, so if you have paid your fees there is a shirt for you. We will also have some for sale, I am not sure what the price will be but it should be in the region of R60.
 
Our Club trip in March is also going ahead as planed, Mich is putting together pricing and room allocations.This year you will have to pay in advance!! In the past Mich has spent loads of time running around and collecting money and trying to balance everything out. And half the time we land up getting money after the trip and some one always lands up out of pocket.
By paying in advance the club will also not have to come up with the deposit (which is due shortly) and we will have guys committed to the trip in advance and can plan boats better.
 
So in the mean time bank on R100 per person per day, put the money aside or even bring it on Saturday. If you have a boat that will be available please let me know, it will be good to plan ahead.
 
Cheers 4 now,
 
Chris

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Re: Salty Diver Club News

Hi All
I have a friend who is looking for a fishing ski.....preferably an Eric's. If anyone know someone selling one please let me know.
Thanx
Robin
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2007 11:14 AM
Subject: Salty Diver Club News

Hey there Salty Boys,

Well it's the new year ..... daaa! So Merry Happy and Happy Merry to every one, I hope you had a blast!
I certainly did, Mozambique was fantastic and you can read all about it on the web.

This last year was a great year for the web site, there were loads of contributions and pics. Its these things that keeps the guys coming back for more. I have put up a new Gallery for 2007's spearfishing pics, so get those pics in!!

There is also 2 other additions to the site, firstly a news blog. This were all 'these' mails to the club will be archived, and you will be able to see what the club is up to even if you are not on the mailing list. It also creates more pages on the web with google ads, this in turn creates revenue for the club. ....and that is a good thing!

Secondly I have started my own blog and will post viz and sea condition reports on there .... daily. Well that's unless it is really trashed and I don't go down to look. I normally have a look at first light and will be posting the report via my cellphone ..... got to love technology :-)

On the Club side there are a few things to take note of:

The Club Comp!!
Tony has asked me to get the word out, and to ask guys to start getting sponsors. Even if you just start arousing some interest with some business's ...we will help get them to commit to some prizes. The comp and be a great thing for the club and we need every ones help to make it great .... so lets all climb in.

The Club Family Trip to Vidal 21-25 March
The trip has been confirmed and we are all on track to go. There is a comp scheduled for the same dates down south for the same weekend, but after chatting it through with Tony we decided that we will go to Vidal. The booking was hard to get and we have been planning it since last year already. Any way we will keep you posted on the details of the trip, so all you need to do is book your leave and if you have a boat let us know if it will be available for the trip.

Club Meetings
Our first club meeting will be on the 3rd February it is a Saturday and will probably be at a restaurant. We are doing this so that as many guys can come through for the meet as it will be a key meeting for the year and need everyone to be there. So please diarize this day now and come and get involved.

Other than that 2007 is going to be a blast, happy hunting.

Coatesman




Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Salt Rock Spearfishing Club

Hey Guys,
 
Just a quick reminder about the meeting on Saturday the 3rd of February. We will meet at Angelo's Kitchen above the CNA in Ballito .... near where the Spur is ... which is near to Salmon Bay ...which is in Ballito! Got it??
 
Also there have been a number of guys asking if there are any changes to the club fees and how to pay them. The club fees are going to stay the same R200 cheap South African Rands. This time you will get a shirt ... Wimpy is on the case and they are being printed as we speak. How to pay ... well the best thing is to go to: http://www.salty-diver.com/admin_items/join_the_club.html and all the details are there!!
 
And lastly a huge well done to our record breakers!!
Sean Burns 27kg Yellow Fin Tuna
John Van Rooyen 4.35kg Stumpie
And me Chris Coates 9.6kg Snoek
 
I am sure there will be pics and stories up soon. I had taken some great pics on Morne's camera, for it only to be stolen the following day when the Department of Wealth Redistribution visited him and cleared his house of "non essential' goodies ..... bummer Morne. He still has his speargun so he is still smiling. So all I have is a grotty cellphone pic :-( bummer it was one for the wall.
 
Any way Party on the dive is looking good.
 
See you in the Water,
 
Coatesman

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Story from Wayno

Hey guys,

Here is a story Wayno writes for the local paper ..... it's a good read!

Every now and again you hear rumors about a fantast6ic fishing spot. The stories
and legends were coming to us about a secret spot in the Transkei. Being ever
ready for an adventure we planned to go an test this spot first hand. A few days
later we received photos of fantastic fish that had been caught there. We now
knew it was more that a rumor, and had to get there. The next e-mail contained
actual GPS co-coordinated of the reef in the area and we were now totally set,
and totally amped.

Spear guns were serviced, and dive shops visited
to get everything we might need. Leave was organized, and business details set
in place. We were ready. Tomorrow we go. So we thought.

The call
came at 12:30 that night ( we were set to leave at 05:00). The river at “the
spot” had broken and heaped a million liters of chocolate brown water onto the
dive spot, leaving it totally undivable. End of the trip. The next day left us
down and dejected. We were all dressed up and no place to go, a most depressing
state for a fisherman to be in. But there was hope, we had leave and a 4X4, and
an adventuress spirit. We decided, that a trip North into Mozambique would be
the order if the day! Excellent, finally I could go to Mozam, having never been
there before, I was bursting with excitement. Everyone was keen and it was on.
So we thought. The 4X4’s log book was lost. This must be produced at the border!
Trip cancelled. Two trips of a life time cancelled and out the
window.

Perseverance is sometimes called for and we were now more
determined than ever to make something happen. Due to all the heavy rains along
the coast, the only clean water was in Vidal and in Sodwana. We were glad to
hear that there was good water there and so we decided to head there! Only
problem is, being December, every last campsite was booked! Everything, there
was no accommodation anywhere. Over a Wimpy breakfast we resolved to not give up
still. (man were we determined). I hopped on the inter net and started phoning
people near Cape Vidal, I finally found a place to pitch a tent. We were once
again set!
That night the phone ran again, it was one of my two dive buddies
who was coming with on the trip…”Hi Wayne, there was some lightning last night,
my computers are fried. I have to have them fixed and sorted before I go!”.
Wanting to wait for our mate we decided to delay the trip one more day.
Unfortunately by the evening, the computer company had not arrived, leaving my
friends computers as fried as ever. We simply had to leave the next morning, as
time was running out. We made our plans to leave in the morning. The only
problem was that now we were two, and we need to be three. A few calls later and
we had another keen diver. We were once again and finally set. Of coarse we had
no 4X4 to launch the boat, but hat did not worry us, we were on our way.
The
next morning arrived without incident, and that afternoon we pitched our camp
fifty kilometers from the launch site. Ready to launch the boat the next
morning.

The following day we were floating in crystal clean water,
not a care in the world. The previous days incidents a distant memory, we were
happy.

There was one moment on the dive trip that stands our for
me.
One of my crew was Cornelis. Cornelis had never shot a queen mackerel
(snoek).
We came to a place with a few and it was his chance to jump in the
water. He hopped in and within a minute shot a good sized snoek. Two minutes
later he shot another. We were so excited for him. It’s a fantastic feeling to
land a new species, especially one that is so good to eat. He got two, proving
that it was not just luck. We were so excited, we were cheering and whistling
and hooting. He smiled for days.
When all is said and done and planned, it’s
those moments that make all the effort worth while.

Friday, January 05, 2007

This was the last fish of 2006 18.5kg Cuta
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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Salty Diver Club News

Hey there Salty Boys,

Well it's the new year ..... daaa! So Merry Happy and Happy Merry to every one, I hope you had a blast!
I certainly did, Mozambique was fantastic and you can read all about it on the web.

This last year was a great year for the web site, there were loads of contributions and pics. Its these things that keeps the guys coming back for more. I have put up a new Gallery for 2007's spearfishing pics, so get those pics in!!

There is also 2 other additions to the site, firstly a news blog. This were all 'these' mails to the club will be archived, and you will be able to see what the club is up to even if you are not on the mailing list. It also creates more pages on the web with google ads, this in turn creates revenue for the club. ....and that is a good thing!

Secondly I have started my own blog and will post viz and sea condition reports on there .... daily. Well that's unless it is really trashed and I don't go down to look. I normally have a look at first light and will be posting the report via my cellphone ..... got to love technology :-)

On the Club side there are a few things to take note of:

The Club Comp!!
Tony has asked me to get the word out, and to ask guys to start getting sponsors. Even if you just start arousing some interest with some business's ...we will help get them to commit to some prizes. The comp and be a great thing for the club and we need every ones help to make it great .... so lets all climb in.

The Club Family Trip to Vidal 21-25 March
The trip has been confirmed and we are all on track to go. There is a comp scheduled for the same dates down south for the same weekend, but after chatting it through with Tony we decided that we will go to Vidal. The booking was hard to get and we have been planning it since last year already. Any way we will keep you posted on the details of the trip, so all you need to do is book your leave and if you have a boat let us know if it will be available for the trip.

Club Meetings
Our first club meeting will be on the 3rd February it is a Saturday and will probably be at a restaurant. We are doing this so that as many guys can come through for the meet as it will be a key meeting for the year and need everyone to be there. So please diarize this day now and come and get involved.

Other than that 2007 is going to be a blast, happy hunting.

Coatesman




Wednesday, January 03, 2007

saltyblog mail

Hi this is my first mail to the saltyblog