Fishing Reports by Guide Mike Laubscher

About The Author:

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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A Good King Fish. (8/07/2019)
[Durban,KZN] This is not a fish we often catch here and so a really memorable catch.
Family Fishing Trip (7/03/2019)
[Durban,KZN] The sons definitely out fished the dads on this trip.
Fathers and Sons Fishing. (6/26/2019)
[Durban,KZN] We had 2 families on the boat for a short morning charter. Water is very cold and under 20deg.C and we had a screaming reverse current.
Good fishing today (6/23/2019)
[Durban,KZN] We had an upcountry couple with us on a short charter today, conditions were really nice with a moderate SW wind and seas were nice and flat. The water has got cold now and sits under 20 deg.C and we had a relatively strong reverse current which made bottom fishing a little difficult.
Family Fun Fishing (6/17/2019)
[Durban,KZN] The kiddies had so much fun today, every drop was a fish and once we had enough fish we tried trolling for Tuna or Bonito
Good Slinger Fishing (6/16/2019)
[Durban,KZN] We got some nice Slinger today and before we knew it we had our Slinger quota, we then tried for other species
Game Fishing - Past Season Report - 2018/2019 (6/06/2019)
[Durban,KZN] With winter in full swing now, I thought it was time to reflect on the past summer season. The season started early with our biggest Dorado of 20kg opening the account on the 1st of October, even more special was that this fish was landed by a young boy
Bottom Fishing is still good (5/25/2019)
[Durban,KZN] It’s not every day that one can get full quota on a trip, especially in such a short time, in this situation a person must be contentious of regulations and conservation and not take more than the limit that is allowed. My suggestion is to use this time to look for something specific or special, try out new techniques and investigate new areas.
Bucket List achieved in one trip. (5/22/2019)
[Durban,KZN] . Immediately after we went over the last point the shotgun snapped and the reel was screaming and in no time we were into the backing and could not stop this fish, it’s not every day that one can land their entire bucket list in 1 trip.
Good Reef Fishing, Game Fishing Slow (5/21/2019)
[Durban,KZN] Monday was nice and comfortable with flat seas even though the NE was blowing a bit. We struggled to find any Tuna and even Bonito have been scarce
It’s Winter - Bonito back in full force and a good Tuna (5/14/2019)
[Durban,KZN] catching one after another and even plenty multiple hook ups which was great fun as our sole guest got to fight fish after fish after fish and on light tackle Bonito are good sport. During all this action we had a large Zambezi Shark (Bull Shark) about 3.5m long jump clear over our lines just a few meters behind the boat, this was a magnificent display
Good Bottom Fishing after the Floods (4/28/2019)
[Durban,KZN] On one trip we had full quota of bottom fish for all on board within the first hour and then tried in vain for the rest of the trip looking for Tuna. Yesterday we ventured out to deep waters after bottoms first and found out deep that the water is clean, blue and warm but sadly void of life.
Another Marlin and a Grand Slam for Fat Girl (4/12/2019)
[Durban,KZN] 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
About the Marlin, the Hammerhead and 7 Tuna (4/10/2019)
[Durban,KZN] we did not want to hook up a Hammerhead Shark and so Erik started reeling in that line, but he was too late and the line went tight, the rod bent and line slowly peeled off the reel, nobody wanted to fight the Hammerhead Shark and Kurt decided he would accept the challenge, he got into the chair and Erik handed him the rod and Kurt stated winding and as he gave the rod the first pump, things changed somewhat and suddenly the reel was screaming and as it went into the backing
Family Fun Backline Fishing trip on Nawty Girl (3/21/2019)
[Durban,KZN] It gives us so much pleasure to share fishing and the ocean we love so much with others, especially the little ones.
Harbour Fun Fishing and Party Trip (3/17/2019)
[Durban,KZN] A 3 hour afternoon Birthday Party come fishing trip in the Durban harbour was great fun on McFire for these folks who have never fished before.
Good Tuna and Dorado on a short afternoon trip (3/08/2019)
[Durban,KZN] inshore was a bit colder and green and so some old tactics not used in a long time were employed and some old spots were visited
Dorado on Spinning Tackle for Nawty Girl (3/05/2019)
[Durban,KZN] Trolling out to the reefs for some bottom fishing was very quiet and as we started bring in the lines there was some action by a Dorado that would not commit to the lure and so a bottom trace on a spinning rod ready with squid was thrown into the spread without a sinker
Oceanic Bonito’s in Abundance for Fat Girl. (3/05/2019)
[Durban,KZN] On days like this there is always that one Bonito that is going to play games with you and when you get stripped into the backing and have a long 30 minute fight you are so disappointed when you discover it’s not that big Tuna you thought but a foul hooked Bonnie.
Kids Birthday Fishing Trip on McFire. (3/04/2019)
[Durban,KZN] A kid’s birthday fishing trip went perfect with flat seas and calm weather
Good Tuna for Fat Girl (3/03/2019)
[Durban,KZN] Loads of life all around in the area; a wide variety or birds were seen, big schools of dolphins, massive manta rays, turtles and we saw some very big sharks. Oceanic Bonito were around in abundance
Short trip and tight lines on McFire (2/24/2019)
[Durban,KZN] Sometimes a short trip is all one needs to just get out there breath in some fresh air in and get some quick fishing in, then head back de-stressed and refreshed.
Super Grand Slam for Fat Girl. (2/23/2019)
[Durban,KZN] The Friday came with a light SW wind and the current had slowed down, warm blue water had also come in and there was a very distinct colour line. The first line went early
Another Grand Slam for Fat Girl – Day 2 (2/12/2019)
[Durban,KZN] Conditions were perfect with the sea as flat as a little mountain pond.
Grand Slam for Fat Girl - Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo (2/10/2019)
[Durban,KZN] It was very special day for this Grand Dad of 92 to land 2 Dorado (Mahi) for himself, well done this is an awesome accomplishment and we are honoured to have shared this with you.
Dorado Fishing on McFire (2/09/2019)
[Durban,KZN] With a short 5hr morning trip, McFire headed out at 05h00 this morning into some nice conditions, fortunately the sea had settled nicely after yesterdays pumping NE wind and a light SW made for an ideal day offshore. There was not time to be wasted as a mix of Game and Bottom fishing was requested for today
Great Day Offshore on McFire (2/07/2019)
[Durban,KZN] So the day ended with 3 Dorado, 2 Yellowfin on the tally and a bunch of great guys to enjoy the day with. Thanks guys for such a great day, was an absolute pleasure, it was really relaxing and refreshing. I think we should do this more often.
Afternoon Quickie (2/05/2019)
[Durban,KZN] Often unplanned trips on short notice work out well which reminds me of a trip last year under similar circumstances and we hooked into a Marlin within an hour from launch and back on the dock 3hrs from when we launched. So if conditions are good and you feel like going, just get on with it and go, you just might be surprised.
Game fishing season in full swing. (2/03/2019)
[Durban,KZN] I think we will start seeing Wahoo catches reported soon and usually when the Wahoo are around we find good numbers of Black Marlin too. Time to stretch those muscles, and prepare for a Marlin fight.
Fishing in the rain (1/26/2019)
[Durban,KZN] On the way back we hooked into a large Wahoo which really gave a great Arial display before biting through the leader.
Dorado (Mahi) Fishing still great and some Tuna coming in. (1/16/2019)
[Durban,KZN] The next 3-4 months are looking to provide us with some great fishing with Fat Girl, Nawty Girl and McFire ready for action.
Families with Kids having a blast Dorado Fishing. (1/13/2019)
[Durban,KZN] As a skipper there is nothing that satisfies me more than when we take kids out fishing with Mom and Dad and we get them hooked up into a nice Dorado for the first time in their lives
Introducing McFire (1/12/2019)
[Durban,KZN] She is a large catamaran and is all about Space and has lots of it with 1200Hp she has a top speed of 35 knots. She is the biggest boat in the Blue Water Charters fleet, and also Durban’s biggest charter fishing boat.
Dorado, Tuna, Monster Marlin, a Dropped Gaff and a Perch. (1/10/2019)
[Durban,KZN] A difficult report to write, it usually takes me about a week to get over a dropped Marlin. The currents have been a mess with a complete circular system
Dorado (Mahi) Fishing in Progress – 2019 is in Action. (1/05/2019)
[Durban,KZN] Have a Wonderful 2019. Bent Rods, Tight Lines, Screaming Reels and Bloody Decks to you all.
2 Cape White Eyes, 2 Marlin and lots of Dorado for end 2018. (1/02/2019)
[Durban,KZN] The weather has made it difficult but with some shifting around we managed to get all our trips in on both boats and accommodate everyone. So many trips I don’t know even where to start...
1 Bull and 4 Queens for Fat Girl (12/22/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We headed out for the deep and at the 90m we had our first Dorado on board, a nice Bull
2 Bulls and 3 Queens for Nawty Girl (12/22/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Nawty Girl had her first Dorado hook up long before reaching no.1
Backline Fun on Nawty Girl (12/22/2018)
[Durban,KZN] A fun backline trip with a good sized Rockcod. Also some Sarda Sarda a lot of Shad and a few Mackerel being caught
Ice Water, Bottoms up and a Tuna (12/22/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We got out to some reefs and did some bottom fishing catching a variety of bottom species including
Grand Slam on a Fantastic Day (12/21/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Even though not an ideal temperature this water was holding a lot of fish but all the way there and all the way back was dead.
One Wave, the Another (12/12/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Finally the warmer water has arrived and we found 23.5deg.C water. We launched into what the forecast said will be a 15 knot NE, but in reality it was around 30 knots and as the morning went on the sea picked up and we ended up punching wave after wave.
Nawty Dorado Queen. (12/07/2018)
[Durban,KZN] With a short early morning trip on Nawty Girl we headed out in search of a Dorado that was requested in some difficult conditions
Good Bottoms and hungry Dorado. (12/07/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Fat Girl headed out for a short morning of bottom fishing .....some Dorado came up chasing the baits a few times but evaded getting landed
Little Guy gets his Dorado (12/03/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Of all the things we were not expecting in that cold green water was a Marlin hook up
Tough Fishing in Cold Water (11/27/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We found lots of bird life and even small bait fish jumping but no fish. I was really disappointed as the water looked so good
Number 30 (11/25/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Both fish were released and less than 1 hour from launch we were back on the dock and trip completed along with a completed list of things to do.
Big Sea, Xtreme Fishing (11/20/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We had not even finished putting out our spread when the one Tyrnos with the Rapala Xtreme running went off and we got.....
Tuna on Ice (11/19/2018)
[Durban,KZN] the wind so icy that my ears get extremely sore so it is still beanies on early mornings in November, going out the port the water temperature has been 18deg.C and deeper out a maximum of 20deg.C, the water is also green
Cold Green Xtreme Dorado (11/17/2018)
[Durban,KZN] to my dismay as I left port I saw the water temperature was 18deg C and it was green, I was hoping that deeper out maybe we could find warmer blue water but this did not happen. I was not optimistic.
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