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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Early Morning Tuna Bite (12/24/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Today was one of those great mornings, flat seas and warm water at almost 25deg.C and very clean with a slight current. We had a 5 hour Mini Deep Sea so it was not a trip out to the deep
Little Guy Loves Fishing (12/18/2017)
[Durban,KZN] he had so much fun on Nawty Girl and caught a.......
Tuna off the bottom - Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 17-12-2017 (12/17/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Sea conditions were ideal for bottom fishing today with a 1-2knot S-N current and a very light SE wind, so light that one could hear a ship’s engines from 2 miles away.
Miles of ocean and one Hot Spot (12/12/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Inshore the water was cold and well under 23deg.C and so we headed out to deeper waters and eventually on the 200m Ballito side we found a warm patch of clear water with 24.5deg.C which was about 5km long in a sort of oval shape about 3km wide. So a rather strange patch of water that had a lot of activity and we got fish, at 08h00 we started up with a triple up .....
A Stormy Dorado into the backing (12/11/2017)
[Durban,KZN] The water was not that clean and but over a wreck in about 80m of water I saw some good fish showing on the sounder, but they were not coming up even after several passes, so we moved away, I saw no evidence of game fish anywhere else so decided to persist on the 80m wreck and after the 2nd pass the reel started screaming and line was peeling off.
Got the Hammer by the Tail (11/26/2017)
[Durban,KZN] . It was not long after we set our lines at about 06h00 when one of the reels started screaming with a serious bend in the rod and a big fight followed, I thought it was a large Yellowfin Tuna by the way the line went deep and about 1 hour later we found that we had tail hooked.......
A good tuna in bad water (11/21/2017)
[Durban,KZN] On the way out the port right at the South Pier we spotted a large GT of about 30Kg dashing through the swells breaking over the sand bank.
Offshore Fishing Report Nawty Girl Maiden Charter Durban 05-11-2017 (11/05/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Today Nawty Girl did her first charter and it ended with pleasant results.
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 02-09-2017 (9/04/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Looks like we may get an early start to our game fish season this year and if conditions continue like this we may even see a Dorado being caught on some boat during September and I anticipate some nice Yellowfin Tuna very soon. Marlin love these Skipjack so if the food is already here.......We wait and hope
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 4 June 2017 (6/04/2017)
[Durban,KZN] I was expecting it to be cooler and am also anticipating seeing the first Whales arriving at anytime
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 27 May 2017 (5/29/2017)
[Durban,KZN] There was loads of Skipjack Tuna (Oceanic Bonito) around and they provided some great lighter tackle fishing fun for everyone on board
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 19/20 May 2017 (5/21/2017)
[Durban,KZN] bottom fishing got some nice results with some interesting species
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 17 May 2017 (5/17/2017)
[Durban,KZN] It was only a short morning charter and we had 2 very unusual catches ......
Fishing Report Durban 5 May 2017 (5/06/2017)
[Durban,KZN] with the exception of a sailfish that made itself known but showed very little interest after that.
Fishing Report Durban 25-30 April 2017 (4/30/2017)
[Durban,KZN] The worst thing happened on Tuesday with a ....... hooks pulled ...... The highlight of the long weekend was a magnificent ....... caught on Saturday
Fishing Report Durban 22-04-2017 (4/24/2017)
[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
Jozini Tiger Fishing Report - 22 April 2017 (4/24/2017)
[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.
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 16-04-2017 (4/18/2017)
[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
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 11-04-2017 (4/11/2017)
[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.
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 09-04-2017 (4/09/2017)
[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.
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 08-04-2017 (4/08/2017)
[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
Offshore Fishing Report Durban - 05/04/2017 (4/06/2017)
[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
Jozini Tiger Fishing Report: 31 March-3 April 2017 (4/05/2017)
[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.
Offshore Fishing Report Durban - 25-03-2017 (3/28/2017)
[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.
Offshore Fishing Report - Durban - 24/03/2017 (3/24/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Game Fish Grand slam on Fat Girl with Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and SkipJack
Offshore Fishing Report Durban - 20-03-2017 (3/24/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Some good Dorado (Mahi Mahi) for the kids who had great fun offshore
Wahoo, Blue Marlin and loads of small Tuna (1/27/2014)
[Durban,KZN] With bad weather patterns fishing has not been easy. We have however managed to get fish
The Three Tunas and the Big One (1/08/2014)
[Durban,KZN] Today in bad fishing conditions and green water we managed a really good size Yellowfin Tuna for our waters.
2013 Holidays Fishing Report - Durban (1/03/2014)
[Durban,KZN] Wow, what a hectic holiday season, we have been fishing 12-16hrs every day without a rest. We got good fish.
Good Yellowfin in rough seas (12/09/2013)
[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
Dorado season starts with a bang (12/02/2013)
[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
Jozini Tiger Fishing Trip, end November 2013 (12/02/2013)
[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.
Jozini Tiger Fishing Trip Mid November 2013 (11/23/2013)
[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 Bay trip October 2013 (11/03/2013)
[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
3 Tuna Species in one day off Durban (10/20/2013)
[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
Goedertrouw Dam Bass Fishing Report October 2013 (10/20/2013)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] 5 days of hard fishing in hot weather and the cold rain, but we got some good fish
Monster Bonnies off Durban today (10/03/2013)
[Durban,KZN] We went looking for Tuna, instead we found monster bonnies
Jozini Report 20-22 September 2013 (9/30/2013)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We lost lots of fish and got spooled by a big one
Durban Fishing Report (9/30/2013)
[Durban,KZN] We got spooled on 30lb line, wish we had the 50lb rigs out
Weekend Report - Hard Fishing off Durban (9/15/2013)
[Durban,KZN] Lousy wind, screaming current but we still got
Let's talk Tuna (9/09/2013)
[Durban,KZN] An article on fishing for Yellowfin Tuna with some of the things I have learnt over the years
August Jozini Tiger Fishing Trip with Adventure Fishing Safaris (9/08/2013)
[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
Past seasons fishing off Durban (9/06/2013)
[Durban,KZN] Have not posted in a while, but am back on track again and will give a summary of the past few months
A very large Bull Dorado (12/25/2012)
[Durban,KZN] We went out in search of a marlin, but instead we landed a large Dorado Bull
First Dorado for the Durban Season (11/02/2012)
[Durban,KZN] Finally our Mahi mahi have arrived (A month late)
Jozini Report Crocs, Cows and Tiger Fish (10/11/2012)
[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
Fat Girls Week End.....with a Marlin surprise (8/28/2012)
[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.
Some good bottom fishing off Durban (8/18/2012)
[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
Winter Bass Fishing at Inanda Dam (7/17/2012)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] Travelling in certain areas felt a little like offshore with some large wind swells.
Four Winds and a Rainbow (7/01/2012)
[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.
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