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] 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
[Durban,KZN] My account of the annual Durban Billfish tournament
[Durban,KZN] Hard Fishing and long distances produced a Black.
[Durban,KZN] Our first Gamefish and Tuna course went well.
[Durban,KZN] With 249 Yellowfin Tuna landed in 2010, we start our count with 4 for 2011 with 300 being our target.
[Durban,KZN] Well done to the Ryno Rademann (16yrs old) for enduring muscle cramps and fatigue (The deep Burn), and eventually bringing this magnificent GT to the boat, a really awesome achievement.
[Durban,KZN] Lure casting with light spinning tackle is one of my favourite ways to fish, especially when using my Z-Claw. I just love the way this lure moves and still remember the first time that I saw it and imagined all the fish I would get with it, perhaps I just understood this lure immediately and knew what to do with it. Since then my Z-Claw has produced some good catches and today was no exception.
[Durban,KZN] Eventually tired of only catching sharks we shot out deep and a trolled some lures, but it seemed that it was a day for sharks when a Mako Shark hit one of the Kona’s we were trolling and after some hard runs.......
[Durban,KZN] I am hoping to land 300 Yellowfin Tuna by the end of 2010, but this seems like a tall order with a few weeks remaining and only 234 landed to date
[Durban,KZN] When you least expect it you hook up a Marlin, and we totally under gunned for this battle.
[Durban,KZN] No matter how much you watc and anticipate the weather, often it does the unexpected, but we still got fish
[Durban,KZN] I have always wanted to say this, so let me say it again – Sailfish on Fly off Durban.
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Spent the weekend camping at Lake Jozini and hunting Tiger Fish, I really enjoyed the trip, along with some good company and story telling. It was nice to take guys from the same generation who grew up and partied in the same places as me when we were teenagers.
[Durban,KZN] After 7hrs we got our first action in ugly seas, which just shows that perserverance does pay off. We were the only boat that brought fish in.
[Durban,KZN] Today was a special day for the new Nikao Fishing Adventures boat, with its first Sailfish landed and some Dorado (Mahi Mahi) for added measure. This is also the first Sailfish out of Durban for this summer season.
[Durban,KZN] Our summer game fish have come early this year to Durban with many Bull Dorado around and clear warm water
[Durban,KZN] I don’t know if it is my boat or me, but we keep on hitting the Yellowfin Tuna Jackpot and they seem to be attracted to us no matter where we go. My YFT count for 2010 is now at 233.
[Durban,KZN] This was one of the few days when a client asks you to stop fishing because you are catching too many fish and he has no more energy to fight them.
[Kosi Lakes,KZN] The fishing was hard, but we did get some fish, nature gave us an awesome display.
[Durban,KZN] Today we got the 203rd Yellowfin Tuna for 2010
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] I have just returned from an awesome 5 day adrenalin packed Tiger Fishing trip to Lake Jozini. We had a variety of weather conditions during this trip making each outing unique and challenging. We stayed at Shayamoya Game Lodge which as always was stunning.
[Durban,KZN] Durban Harbour is starting to wake up for summer
[Durban,KZN] It is so good to eventually get Game Fish again as summer is starting after the winter.
[Durban,KZN] Today was an exciting day for me, and I felt like a little boy, so much so that I was jumping up and down on the deck like a child waiting for his ice cream, and all this because the summer game fish have arrived. I really do love hunting game fish soooooo very much.
[Durban,KZN] We had more fun feeding the birds than we did fishing.......
[Durban,KZN] The sardines have been here in Durban for a long time this year
[Durban,KZN] Finally the summer Gamefish are arriving in the bay
[Durban,KZN] As spring approaches we wait for King Fish (Jacks) to enter our harbour which is a natuaral estuary
[Durban,KZN] The seas are still big and the Sardine rn has left us with a huge population of Hammerhead Sharks