Mike Laubscher

Another Marlin and a Grand Slam for Fat Girl

Marlin Fishing Report – Durban – 12 April 2019

We launched into nice conditions today for a short 5 hour trip, it was action packed early with some Sarda Sarda on light tackle, we were supposed to go do bottoms but so much fish were being caught that it never happened. As we about to pull lines up to head back to port out guests asked to extend their trip by 3 more hours and so I made a turn and started heading out again, immediately on the turn we had a double hook up with 2 big Bonito, and the Sarda Sarda action continued and then we has an almost full strike and fought all the fish to the boat, there was 1 line remaining in the water, we had 14 Sarda and 6 Bonnies in the hatch. After we got the fish on deck I put the speed back up again and before we could put any lines out the remaining line popped of the rigger and we had a proper fish on and were into the backing, soon after we saw a Black Marlin jumping. This was a long hard fight as we hooked up on light tackle with a Tyrnos 30, we got the fish to the boat and then he turned as was into the backing again, the Marlin made 2 more strong runs each one shorter than the one before and eventually we got the fish to the boat and successfully released a Black Marlin of about 180kg (400lbs). Well done to Darren on catching and releasing his first Marlin, and a special note of respect for fighting the fish so well on the light tackle. 2 Trips and 2 Marlin for Blue Water Charters.

Fish Species: Black Marlin, Sarda Sarda, Eastern Little Tuna
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Mike Laubscher

About The Author: Mike Laubscher

Company: Blue Water Charters - Durban

Area Reporting: Durban. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Bio: I have been fishing since I was 5 years old in Durban and have fished many places around the world and in South Africa, but Durban is my home waters. I fished competitive for many years and I have been running my own charters since 2008 with 2 companies and 2 boats, fish a variety of styles and target a variety of fish species in both Salt and Fresh water, have many published articles in several magazines on fishing. Love nature and outdoors, Am very conservation minded and have a passion for birds. I am crazy about big Tuna, Marlin Fishing and Game Fishing, and also love light tackle spinning, am a total lure junkie. Represented my province in fly fishing for many years and am also pro staff for Rapala/Shimano. I want to write a book on fishing one day. 3 items left on my fishing bucket list, guess then a new bucket list will be in order. As a writer I have my own quote: \"I love taking people fishing because it releases their inner child, and in doing so keeps my inner child alive.\"

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