I decided to investigate after I heard a familiarly name came up. Maybe some of you will find this interesting. I did edit some of the wording
between multiple documents.
Jacobus Francois Jordaan (Koos)
“While spear fishing off Richards bay at Petingo wreck, on the 8 November at 13:00 I noticed that a shoal of
sea pike were swimming below. The visibility was about 9 meters. I dived down and followed the biggest one. While approaching the fish it dived to
about 15 meters, I took the shot. It was fighting hard and I then also had to content with a bull-shark but came out on top. The fight took about 5
The 'Mayor' of Spear fishing in Zululand Koos Jordaan and his son JP both with 42kg Wahoo’s they shot of
“Us mere mortals only dream of spear fishing a big Wahoo, and when I say big let’s be honest anything near
30kg is big. I guess Koos plays buy a different set of rules or something. I don’t think any one told him that big was 30kg!! Or is it just that he
likes the 'Bloody Big' category?
The funny thing is his son JP also likes the 'Bloody Big' Category and also got a big ..or should I say 'Bloody Big' Wahoo of 42kg also in the last
week!! Both these fish were shot off Leven Point at Cape Vidal .... the thing is what else did they shoot? Or don’t these guys take pics of fish
Koos Jordaan - Large Sailfish - Cape Vidal.
This weekend (8-9 October 2011) saw some of the coldest water we have spear fished in KZN. On Sunday the water
was a fridged 17 deg on the North Coast. The forecast looked good for Monday so we decided to extend the weekend and get away from the cold water by
venturing to Cape Vidal with Koos Jordaan. The water there was a bit warmer 21-22deg and we got some great Wahoo between 16-18 kg and a decent sized
Cobia around 18kg. Koos got the above big Sailfish that was the cherry on the top of a great day.”
The story of Brad Neilson's.
Black marlin—263.9 kilograms (581 pounds), Lighthouse Reef, Mapelane, South Africa, May 29, 1999. I believe the current record is over 1000lb.
“I was spear fishing at Lighthouse Reef, Mapelane, on the East Coast of South Africa May 29, 1999. My dive
buddies were Koos Jordaan and Jimmy Uys with Frans Botes as top man (Jimmy held the previous record). We were diving from Jimmy's boat and the
visibility was about 6 meters.
On our third drift, Jimmy shouted for help--a Zambezi Shark was attacking a fish he'd just speared. While I was swimming toward him, he shouted again
saying he thought there was a marlin below him, apparently also attacking his speared mackerel.
Apprehensively, I dived down and saw a huge marlin tackling Jimmy's fish. The marlin turned to face me and then swam off. I gave chase, waiting for it
to give me a clear shot. When it finally gave be a broadside, I speared it just behind the left gill plate. My spear did not exit on the other side. I
let go my gun, playing my buoy line. When most of my line was out, I wrapped some around my forearm.
The fish dragged me in huge circles, for over 2 hours, but I managed to keep it in relatively shallow water. I was dragged about 5 km with Jimmy and
Frans following in the boat. By this time I didn't have much strength left. I just couldn't seem to be able to haul the fish to the surface. The fish
had swum almost into the surf line when I called for a second gun, which Jimmy threw to me from a safe distance--he was nervous to bring his boat into
I hardly had enough energy to load this gun, but finally managed. I tried to place the second shot into the head, but I was too exhausted to swim up
as far as the head, as the fish was still swimming strongly. Eventually, I placed the shot into the back. This took most of the fight out of the fish.
I rested a bit and then after hauling the fish to the surface swam it out of the surf line into safer water. In the process of finishing the marlin
off with my dive knife, it managed to whack me on the shoulder with its bill.
We had to wait about 30 minutes for Koos to swim to the boat--the others had left him behind to follow me. Between the four of us, we eventually
managed to haul the fish aboard using a series of ropes as the boat listed dangerously.
On the way back, the boat continued to list badly. As we approached the surf through the breakers (all boats in South Africa are launched through the
surf), Jimmy lost his footing and was thrown off--we beached skipper-less!
We weighed the marlin at my club where a large crowd had gathered.”
The fish was apparently 64 kg!
A massive kingfish (caranx) “Dunno who got it nor where but all the same it really big. My biggest was 21 kg
- not even 1/3 rd of this fish. I remember ignobilis kicking really hard with that scaly base on their tails - that 64 kg fish could surely break
your arm with one hard kick!
For comparison look at this fish of 41 kg taken by spear fishing legend Koos Jordaan at a Zululand wreck in 2007”
Koos with his 41 kg ignoblis - the wreck in the background.
Koos Jordaan & 51Kg King Mackeral
It is a King Mackeral of 51Kg and shot at a little spot called Lighthouse AKA Mapelane. This is on the North
coast of Natal (State/Province of South Africa) and is in Indian Ocean waters. The spearo was a very experienced local diver by the name of Koos
Jordaan and probably one of the best and knowledgeable spearos I have ever had the fortune to have dived with.
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