Fishing Reports by Guide Mike Laubscher
About The Author:
Company: Blue Water Charters - Durban
Area Reporting: Durban. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Bio: Have been fishing since the age of 7 with more than 30 years experience. Fish in both Saltwater & Freshwater Disciplines. Fly Fishing Specialist, Artificial Lure Specialist, Light Tackle Specialist. Love Fishing, completely addicted to fishing.
[Durban,KZN] I must make note that this was done on very light tackle and it was not long before the reel was screaming and an hour later with an epic light tackle fight
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] This time the fish started biting immediately and first cast got us a good fish and we ended the day with a total of 23 fish. I got a really big hit during this session but to my frustration my rod snapped and the fish was lost. In the last 30 minutes as the sun was setting down low we tried for a last fish to try get to 24 but the bite went quiet. All the fish we caught were safely released.
[Durban,KZN] Easter weekend brought us a cold front and some strong SW winds and so we were only able to do one of our trips
[Durban,KZN] We had some guests from Sweden today, sea conditions were great, water reasonably clear but the temperature is slowly dropping with today at 23.3deg.C.
[Durban,KZN] With it being school holidays we have had many children along on our charters and today was no exception. I always love the pure joy that oozes out of them when they catch a fish, it’s contagious and one ends up in a great mood feeling happy.
[Durban,KZN] Light NE winds made for nice seas and water colour not to bad but not as blue as we like it. The water temps are starting to drop as we are in autumn already and were just under 24 deg.C. The fishing turned out great today with a lot of fish
[Durban,KZN] A short trip inshore for some young boys proved to be great fun on light spinning tackle and a great day out, sea conditions were Ok
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] For 4 days we fished morning and afternoon sessions spending about 8hrs on the water each day. Sadly the water was the colour of coffee and we had no luck with the lures, even 4cm into the water and one could not see the lure and so we decided to switch to bait fishing on anchor instead. The early mornings had a slight nip in the air, but by 8am it was hot and the afternoons were extremely hot with very high temperatures.
[Durban,KZN] With overcast conditions, rain and low barometric pressure we were not expecting anything to bite, in the end we came home with a few fish, not the best day out, but we did not skunk.
[Durban,KZN] Game Fish Grand slam on Fat Girl with Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and SkipJack
[Durban,KZN] Some good Dorado (Mahi Mahi) for the kids who had great fun offshore
[Durban,KZN] With bad weather patterns fishing has not been easy. We have however managed to get fish
[Durban,KZN] Today in bad fishing conditions and green water we managed a really good size Yellowfin Tuna for our waters.
[Durban,KZN] Wow, what a hectic holiday season, we have been fishing 12-16hrs every day without a rest. We got good fish.
[Durban,KZN] With a pumping NE wind and choppy seas, we managed to get some tuna today, was also goo to see flying fish around again
[Durban,KZN] The Dorado came late this year, but with our first Game Fish trip we did well, it felt so good to come back to port with a boat full of fish
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We have had a lot of rain this season which makes fishing very difficult, especially when the rain is so heavy. At least we still managed to get some good fish.
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] After driving up in heavy rain, and setting up the campsite in wet conditions, the sun cam out and we got into some good fishing
[Kosi Lakes,KZN] Heavy rain and Howling winds made this a very difficult trip, we did get fish but very few for the 1000's of casts made
[Durban,KZN] When it was not raining the fish were biting, we managed 3 species of Tuna with a total of 10 fish landed, we got taxed by sharks with 2 fish and we lost 1
[Inanda Dam,KZN] 5 days of hard fishing in hot weather and the cold rain, but we got some good fish
[Durban,KZN] We went looking for Tuna, instead we found monster bonnies
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We lost lots of fish and got spooled by a big one
[Durban,KZN] We got spooled on 30lb line, wish we had the 50lb rigs out
[Durban,KZN] Lousy wind, screaming current but we still got
[Durban,KZN] An article on fishing for Yellowfin Tuna with some of the things I have learnt over the years
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] This was a difficult trip which really challenged my knowledge of Tiger fish, as the fishing was really hard. In the end we managed a new record size Tiger fish for our clients
[Durban,KZN] Have not posted in a while, but am back on track again and will give a summary of the past few months
[Durban,KZN] We went out in search of a marlin, but instead we landed a large Dorado Bull
[Durban,KZN] Finally our Mahi mahi have arrived (A month late)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Our recent trip to Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) was a real success with a new client record being set and our 1500th fish caught
[Durban,KZN] We had a look at the canyons in some 2000m of water, and after 13.5hrs and some 320km we were rewarded with 2 Marlin strikes.
[Durban,KZN] It was difficult to keep the boat on the mark, and it went over so fast and so we had to move the boat around a lot that day, it paid off with some really good fish. On our first drop we picked up a large Sailfin Rubber lips
[Inanda Dam,KZN] Travelling in certain areas felt a little like offshore with some large wind swells.
[Durban,KZN] it’s the first time I can recall having four winds blowing in one trip with the day starting out with a SW, which then became a North wind and later a NE and by the time we came home it was a NW.
[Durban,KZN] We saw Dolphins in the early morning but no whales, plenty of Albatross and Gannets. These Albatross are so clever, he knew there was a fish at the end of our drift shark bait and stated pulling the line until he got to the fish.
[Durban,KZN] This shark fight was the highlight of the trip, and I enjoyed seeing all the excitement on every ones faces, it was good to get a chance to educate people on catch and release.
[Durban,KZN] It was interesting to see how the water temperature dropped over these 3 trips with Saturday morning giving us readings from 22deg.C up to 23.5deg.C and the afternoon giving us 20deg.C to 21deg.C, by Sunday the readings where from 17deg.C to 21deg.C and we even found a small current with 12.3 deg.C out deeper. With this cold front looming and the water temp dropping I think we will see sardines very soon.
[Durban,KZN] I love introducing little ones to our wonderful world of fishing, and today was one of those days.
[Durban,KZN] There was no activity early morning, could not even get a Kawa kawa to make a presence, and there were no birds to be seen at all, nothing with wings or feathers, and the only thing that we did see was some blue bottles.
[Durban,KZN] I want to play, it was to rough to go deep and so I used my ultra light tackle and fished inshore for smaller fish, excpet the fish were not that small and our tackle got tested to its limits.
[Durban,KZN] We went out to specifically target a Marlin and we ended up landing a fine Blue Marlin
[Durban,KZN] It’s been a while since I last posted a report, charters have been slow and we have had a fair amount of lousy weather and a computer that died does not help for reporting either Whilst it has been slow I got a chance to service all my reels, and this was a big job but is now completed.
[Durban,KZN] Our Gamefish season in Durban started early in October, 7months later in April it still going well, this is incredible.
[Durban,KZN] I love spinning off shore with light tackle as it is such an interactive way to fish
[Durban,KZN] It is refreshing to get a crew on board that have never been out to sea and are so inquisative and interested in everything, these girls loved it
[Inanda Dam,KZN] It was nice to be back in surroundings that are so familiar after a long period of absence, but the conditions were far from ideal with it being extremely hot and the water surface temperatures at 29.8 deg. C and I could see on my sonar that this warm water was is the 1st 4 meters
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We would launch every morning at about 04h00when it was still dark to try get in on the early morning action and stayed on the water till after dark, the water was hot averaging 29 deg. C. It was really nice to be on Jozini again after chasing off-shore Gamefish for the past few months and I enjoyed the change.
[Richards Bay,KZN] As a by catch in a Marlin Tournament I hooked up my new personal best Yellowfin Tuna weighing in at 86Kg (189lbs)
[Durban,KZN] Finally after 3 sightings and to miss strikes, we got this large Sailfish that has been around an area off-shore Durban