Fishing Reports by Guide Mike Laubscher

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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.

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Surface Fishing for Tigers in the Weed Beds 18-10-09 (10/18/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We got down to the Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) entrance at around 04h55, as this was our last day we wanted to start early as we all had to drive home later. The gate guard was not there and arrived late at around 05h15, which is frustrating. Whilst driving down to the slipway we were treated to some game viewing with Giraffes, Wildebeest, Springbok and Nyala all making an appearance, and near the slipway there was a herd of Black Rhino.
Jozini Tiger Fish taking Surface Lures 17-10-09 (10/17/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We waited for the rain to clear and only launched at around 08h30, it was overcast and there was a light SW wind blowing, the water temperature was still averaging around 23 deg. C. The conditions were mild and it was a really pleasant day. We had thought that the Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) water might be dirty as the Pongola River was a mud colour, but the water was still crystal clear.
Jozini Tiger Fish caught in Shallow Weed Beds 16-10-09 (10/16/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We launched at Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) at 05h00 and took the 20Km (1.5Mi) trip to the Gorge, it was sunny already by the slipway, but at the gorge there was a very thick mist that made us wet and we could not even see the Lebombo mountain tops, the water was crystal clear and we could see the bottom at around 5m (16ft). There was a wind blowing down the gorge and the water surface temperature was averaging at around 22 deg. C.
Triple Kingfish Hook up - Durban Deep Sea Fishing - 10/10/09 (10/10/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures went deep sea fishing off Durban with a father and his 3 sons. This was a second try as last week we had to cancel due to extremely bad weather, and there was a possibility of rain. We launched at 05h00 and returned at 13h00.
Tiger Fishing in the Wind at Lake Jozini 08/10/09 (10/08/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took some guests out on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) for a morning of Tiger Fishing. We launched at Nkonkoni at around 05h30. When we got going with the boat there was a mother Hippo and here baby nearby, and she cam and tried to chase us away even though we were some distance away she was not happy.
Targeting Tiger Fish on Drop Shot Lures and Fly Fishing 07/10/09 (10/07/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took some guests out on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) to chase tiger fish on artificial lures and on fly. We launched at Golela at 05h00 and fished until 18h30.
Tiger Fish in Deeper Water at Lake Jozini 06/10/09 (10/06/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took some guests out on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) for a morning of Tiger Fishing on Drop Shot lures. We stayed at Umziki Chalets, which is a lovely self catering facility.
Tiger Fishing at Lake Jozini 05/10/09 (10/05/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures spent an afternoon on the southern side Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) scouting the dam to see where the Tiger Fish where active.
Kissing Bass at Inanda Dam 4-10-09 (10/04/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] The sea has been rough lately with the large frontal system and today was no exception and so I had to postpone my deep sea fishing booking off Durban for safety reasons and decided to go down to Inanda Dam South Africa with some buddies for a morning of bass kissing (fishing).
Deepwater Bass at Inanda Dam 28-09-09 (9/27/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures guided the Father and Son on their Triton Boat at Inanda Dam South Africa for a second day. We launched at 06h00 and fished until 13h00.
Getting Bass on Drop Shot at Inanda Dam 26/09/09 (9/26/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures guided a father and son from Gauteng on Inanda Dam South Africa on their Triton Bass Boat. The weather was sunny and it got very hot in the afternoon, the water was clear in mid and lower sections of the dam, and turbid in the river section. Water surface temperature started out at 20.4 deg. C and ended at22.7 deg C.
Match fishing in Durban Bay 24-09-09 (9/25/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took a boy and his Dad out fishing in Durban Harbour. I took this boy fishing for the first time in his life last year, and today he was more confident and not shy at all. I always love taking the little ones fishing, it gives me great pleasure.
Fishing in Big Seas off Durban 24-09-09 (9/25/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took 4 clients Deep Sea Fishing off Durban, we launched at 05h30 and there was a breeze blowing.
Tiger Fish on Top Water at Lake Jozini 22-23/09/09 (9/25/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures went up to Lake Jozini also known as Pongolapoort Dam to scout the dam and then for some Tiger Fish fishing with 2 clients from the USA.
Bass Fishing amongst the Algae at Inanda Dam (9/21/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took a client from the UK out to Inanda Dam on Sunday for a day of Large Mouth Bass Fishing. We launched at 06h30 and fished to 14h30. There were a lot of boats out on the water
Adrenaline Pumping Springer Fishing Action in Durban Harbour (9/21/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took 2 clients out to Durban Harbour to target some King Fish (Jacks) and Springer (10 Pounder, Lady Fish) on Drop Shot on Saturday afternoon and early evening on light tackle.
Shad and Kingfish Off-Shore Durban (9/17/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures went deep sea fishing with 3 clients off Durban today. It was raining, cold and the visibility was poor. The sea was flat and the water crystal clear. We launched at 05h00 and returned at 10h00. Water surface temperature varied between 21-22 deg C.
Tiger Fish Fishing Drop Shot Style at Lake Jozini (9/08/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took 2 clients from USA out for a day of Tiger Fish fishing at Lake Jozini also known as Pongolapoort Dam. The weather was superb, and the water temperature was warm, the water was slightly stained.
Bass Fishing at Midmar Dam South Africa (9/07/2009)
[Midmar Dam,KZN] We went Bass Fishing at Midmar Dam in the Kwa Zulu Natal Midlands of South Africa.
Wild Brown River Trout Fishing in South Africa - 5 Sept 09 (9/05/2009)
[Drakensberg,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures went with a client to hunt for Wild Brown Trout in the Central Drakensburg Rivers of Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa.
Drop Shot and Spinning in Durban Harbour (9/01/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures went out with a client to Durban Harbour in the late afternoon. The weather forecast got it completely wrong and told us it would be hot, clear skies and no wind, yet we found ourselves fishing in a heavy wind, in completely overcast conditions with occasional rain and some lightning in the distance.
Bass Fishing at Albert Falls Dam South Africa 28/29 Aug 09 (9/01/2009)
[Albert Falls Dam,KZN] We were fishing for Bass at the 2009 Albert Falls Classic as Team Fishing Adventures. This is a big fish tournament and there was 136 boats fishing this year, which is sad, compared to the usual over 300 boats, but shows the strain on the economy at present.
Bass Fishing at Inanda Dam South Africa 25th Aug 09 (8/26/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures went down to Inanda Dam South Africa to do some Bass fishing in the afternoon.
Durban Harbour Fishing 22 Aug 09 (8/26/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures went fishing in Durban Harbour in the late afternoon/early evening for a few hours to see if the Springer (aka Ladyfish, 10 Pounder) had arrived.
Fishing off Durban 11-8-09 (8/13/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took 4 clients from Finland deep sea fishing off Durban. We launched at 06h00, the sea was nice and flat, but I knew some wind was coming, the wind was a North Westerly, and as the day progressed it picked up more and more and this is an un usual wind for Durban which always makes me nervous and so I was standing up mostly looking around like a Meerkat to see if there was any bad weather coming.
Gannets and Yellow Fin Tuna off Durban 11-8-09 (8/13/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took 2 clients deep sea fishing off Durban. We launched at 06h00, the sea looked nice and the swell was around 1.4m, and it was clear skies with a super sunrise over the water. Water temperature was around 21 deg. C. The sea stayed flat the whole day.
Durban Deep Sea Fishing - 9/8/09 (8/09/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took a boy and his dad deep sea fishing off Durban. We launched at 06h00, the sea looked nice even though the swell was around 1.8m, and it was overcast. Later one the sea flattened a lot and it turned out to be a super day. Water temperature was around 22 deg. C.
Durban Deep Sea Fishing - 8/8/09 (8/08/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took two couples out deep sea fishing off Durban. The sea was rough and the North Easterly wind was pumping. Water temperature was around 21 Deg. C. We launched at 06h00.
Durban Deep Sea Fishing (8/07/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took some clients Deep Sea Fishing off Durban today.
Bass Fishing at Inanda Dam South Africa (8/03/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took some clients fishing at Inanda Dam South Africa for a day of Bass Fishing.
Children Fishing for Bass at Inanda Dam (8/03/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Today I took my niece and nephew fishing for the very first time in their lives at Inanda Dam South Africa for a day of Bass Fishing.
Winter Bass Fishing at Inanda 2 Aug 09 (8/02/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took some clients out to Inanda Dam in South Africa today for a day of Bass Fishing
Bass Fishing at Inanda Dam - 29 July 09 (7/29/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took 2 clients out to Inanda Dam South Africa for a day of Bass Fishing.
Bass Fishing Inanda Dam -26 June 09 (6/26/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took a client out Bass Fishing at Inanda Dam South Africa.
Bass Fishing Inanda Dam - 6 April 09 (4/06/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures went with some clients for a day of Bass Fishing at Inanda Dam South Africa.
Durban Bonitos take small trolling lures (1/23/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures found some shoals of Bonnies whilst fishing south of Durban and cashed in with their clients getting 8 boniies on at once.
Durban Charter Boat gets the Dorado (1/19/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Every time Nikao fishing Adventures has been going out to Durban No.1 Reef, one or more Dorado are bending rods.
Snoek (Queen Mackerel) are still running in Durban (1/19/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took a client out late in the afternoon to test out his boat, we trolled some feathers and got Snoek in shore south of Durban.
Big Bass Fishing at Inanda Dam near Durban (1/19/2009)
[Durban,KZN] The water level at Indanda Dam has now Risen and the Dam is almost full now. Nikao Fishing Adventures clients get the Big Bass in the Grass
Children Fishing For Bass at Inanda Dam (1/09/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Taking Children out Bass Fishing gives me a really good feeling, and having Nikao Fishing Adventures gives me many opportunites to do this
Drop Shotting in Durban Harbour (1/09/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Drop Shot has been a very effective way to get juvinile game fish in Durban Harbour. Nikao Fishing Adventures has had opprtunity of taking some children out fishing and introducing them to the highly addictive sport of Fishing.
Dorado feeding Frenzy Off-Shore Durban (1/09/2009)
[Durban,KZN] The Dorado Off-Shore Durban went into a feeding frenzy around Nikao Fishing Adventure's Boat. We had struck Gold (and Blue)
Durban Deep Sea Game Fishing Action (1/09/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Fishing near the Durban Umgeni River Mouth produced the Snoek (Queen Mackeral) again, and Vertical Jigging on Durban Reefs gave us our first Tropical Yellow Tail this season. Nikao Fishing Adventures was there to get these feeding fish.
Bass are Cooking at Inanda Dam (1/09/2009)
[Durban,KZN] At last the water levels at Inanda Dam are starting to rise again, and we got a really good topwater bite and plenty of bass with several decent sizes. Nikao Fishing Adventures delivers the fish again.
Durban Summer Game Fish Are Here (12/10/2008)
[Durban,KZN] We had an awsome day off shore Durban, the weather was fantastic. In the morning we got tuna trolling live mackerel slowly at about 3km.hr. In the afternoon we got 2 Dorado on light Bass tackle. The Dorado was extremely exciting as I am pushing the limits with drop shot and these Dorado were the 1st we got on drop shot and both were over 10kg.
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