Report on Kosi Bay by Kurt Schrauwen - 07-Nov-03

Ski Diving at Kosi Bay

After talking to numerous people about Kosi and getting amped for a great spearfishing experience, we headed up on Friday afternoon (7/11) to Kosi Bay Lodge. They offer very reasonable self catering and most importantly, the chics thought the place was great. Unfortunately it is quite a trek to the beach and you need to arrange permits to get down to the mouth, the office close at 4pm. By hiring a local we found the fastest way to the beach, 18km took us about 30 minutes to get down to the launch area and is reachable by 2X4 (just). Although swimming out is an option, it is quite a long swim so would recommend using Fishing Ski's to get out.

Elusive Pinnacle

As suggested by everyone, we headed out straight from the mouth in an attempt to find the pinnacle everyone had raved about. There wasn't much swell and with the north easterly chop could not see any obvious swell lifting so about 1km offshore we jumped in. The viz was about 12-15m and we could just make out the difference between sand and rock. About 2 minutes after putting the flasher down a cuda came in to investigate, I was lucky enough to get a long shot in and the fish took off. Warren helped out with a solid second shot and shortly thereafter the first fish was in the hatch, it was about 10kg. Another cuda of about 15-20kg came up to the flasher soon after but did not hang around so although Warren went after it, he had no chance of a shot.

Plenty of Action

The reef in about 25m is pretty scattered but there is a lot of it so you really need to lookout for the hot spots. There were a lot of KaaKap around but they were very skittish and difficult to approach. Warren blacked out after chasing one, but that's another story for him to tell. Unfortunately we never found the pinnacle off the mouth, but did find another pinnacle that had a huge shoal of Tunny circling it. It was absolutely amazing to dive down into around 200 fish and be able to plant anyone of them. I shot an Ignobilis that was on the out rim of the shoal and had to fight with an oversized Potato Bass of about 100kg to get my fish to the surface. Fortunately Warren went down on my fish and that seemed to keep the 3 huge Potato Bass at bay. He planted a good shot into a Tunny of about 10kg that took off for the bottom, however after a short fight one of the Bass grabbed it and his spear came up empty. At the time, the NE was blowing about 20knots so we were blown off the spot pretty quickly. We did manage to get pretty good marks but weren't able to swim up to it again with the chop pulling our ski's down wind.

30 Knot northeaster

I found another pretty good spot and managed to bag a smallish KaapKap of 6kg but again had to tussle with another Potato Bass, this time my fish came away with tear marks where he bit into the fish. By this time we were 3km south of the mouth and the wind had picked up to at least 30knots so we decided to head into shore. It was almost impossible to paddle into the wind so went straight in deciding rather to drag our ski's than try paddling against the wind. Fortunately a Parks Board van came to investigate as no fishing is allowed south of the mouth where we drifted in, they gave us a lift back.

What Sharks?

If the wind hadn't blown we would have been able to explore the area fully so I will definitely be going up again. So much for all the sharks everyone had mentioned, we saw only one fairly big Zambi but it was the Potato Bass and Brindles that were a pain.

Chow Kurt.