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 winter's day on Fat Girl (6/29/2012)
[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.
One Big Shark......many hands (6/24/2012)
[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.
Winter fishing of Durban on Fat Girl (6/10/2012)
[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.
This is what fishing is all about (4/12/2012)
[Durban,KZN] I love introducing little ones to our wonderful world of fishing, and today was one of those days.
Durban Dolly's (3/18/2012)
[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.
Ultra Light Game Fishing offshore - Durban (2/07/2012)
[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.
Blue Friday (2/07/2012)
[Durban,KZN] We went out to specifically target a Marlin and we ended up landing a fine Blue Marlin
Durban Off-Shore Fishing Report Apr-May (5/14/2011)
[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.
Wahoo..and a Dorado in April (4/03/2011)
[Durban,KZN] Our Gamefish season in Durban started early in October, 7months later in April it still going well, this is incredible.
Light Tackle Spinning Off-Shore Durban (4/02/2011)
[Durban,KZN] I love spinning off shore with light tackle as it is such an interactive way to fish
This little Bonnie got some Love (4/02/2011)
[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
Back on Inanda after a while (3/17/2011)
[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
I was in Heaven and Hell at the same time (3/16/2011)
[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.
Monster Tuna Double up - Richards Bay (3/07/2011)
[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)
Poor tangled little Sailfish (2/21/2011)
[Durban,KZN] Finally after 3 sightings and to miss strikes, we got this large Sailfish that has been around an area off-shore Durban
2011 Durban Billfish Tournament Report (2/14/2011)
[Durban,KZN] My account of the annual Durban Billfish tournament
Black Marlin off Durban (2/14/2011)
[Durban,KZN] Hard Fishing and long distances produced a Black.
Report Gamefish & Tuna Course Jan 2011 (1/31/2011)
[Durban,KZN] Our first Gamefish and Tuna course went well.
Yellowfin Tuna Countdown begins (1/08/2011)
[Durban,KZN] With 249 Yellowfin Tuna landed in 2010, we start our count with 4 for 2011 with 300 being our target.
Giant Trevally (GT) off Durban for 2011 (1/03/2011)
[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 HARBOUR: Z-Claw wins (12/20/2010)
[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.
Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado & Big Sharks (12/20/2010)
[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.......
Sharks came to Play (12/12/2010)
[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
Teasing Striped Marlin off Durban (12/09/2010)
[Durban,KZN] When you least expect it you hook up a Marlin, and we totally under gunned for this battle.
The Weatherman lied Again (12/04/2010)
[Durban,KZN] No matter how much you watc and anticipate the weather, often it does the unexpected, but we still got fish
Sailfish on Fly off Durban (11/28/2010)
[Durban,KZN] I have always wanted to say this, so let me say it again Sailfish on Fly off Durban.
Dirty lil' Tiger (11/24/2010)
[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 Dorado take Revenge (11/18/2010)
[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.
Sailfish and Multiple Dorado Hook up off Durban (11/13/2010)
[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.
Dorado (Mahi Mahi) on Light Tackle off Durban (11/08/2010)
[Durban,KZN] Our summer game fish have come early this year to Durban with many Bull Dorado around and clear warm water
Durban Yellowfin Tuna Magnet (11/03/2010)
[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.
First Dorado for the Durban Season (10/30/2010)
[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.
Manta Rays, Hump Back Whales and Hard Fishing (10/24/2010)
[Kosi Lakes,KZN] The fishing was hard, but we did get some fish, nature gave us an awesome display.
203 (10/09/2010)
[Durban,KZN] Today we got the 203rd Yellowfin Tuna for 2010
TIGER, TIGER BURNING BRIGHT.. Jozini Report 1-5 October (10/07/2010)
[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.
King Fish and Sea Pike in Durban Harbour (9/25/2010)
[Durban,KZN] Durban Harbour is starting to wake up for summer
A good day Lure fishing in Durban Harbour (9/22/2010)
[Durban,KZN] It is so good to eventually get Game Fish again as summer is starting after the winter.
Hoo dunn it? (9/18/2010)
[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.
Sea birds can be so comical (9/12/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We had more fun feeding the birds than we did fishing.......
Sardines, Sardines and still more Sardines (9/12/2010)
[Durban,KZN] The sardines have been here in Durban for a long time this year
Kingies and Springer have arrived in Durban Harbour. (9/08/2010)
[Durban,KZN] Finally the summer Gamefish are arriving in the bay
Fly Fishing in Durban Harbour (8/25/2010)
[Durban,KZN] As spring approaches we wait for King Fish (Jacks) to enter our harbour which is a natuaral estuary
I wanna be a Billionaire.. (8/21/2010)
[Durban,KZN] The seas are still big and the Sardine rn has left us with a huge population of Hammerhead Sharks
Big and Choppy Seas of Durban (8/18/2010)
[Durban,KZN] With the odd swell over 4m it was not pleasant
Geelbek out in the Deep (8/14/2010)
[Durban,KZN] Today was superb, we got some really nice fish out in the deep and saw many Dolphins.
Light Tackle Reef Fishing and Shad in the Harbour (8/08/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We had a geat time out at sea in the morning with light tackle, and then with anothe rcharter had good fun in the harbour
Light Tackle Reef Fishing off Durban (8/07/2010)
[Durban,KZN] It was exciting on the new boat, and an awesome catch on 6lb tackle
A Black Marlin, a Whale, a Long Garfish and a Greedy Gannet (7/08/2010)
[Durban,KZN] It is very unusual to see a Black Marlin in Mid Winter
Shark Wrestling and Albatross's that Water-ski (7/06/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We had fun and games with a really strong shark
More Tuna off Durban (6/26/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We are still getting Yellowfin Tuna off Durban.
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