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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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.
The full Yellowfin Tuna (6/25/2010)
[Durban,KZN] Today was one of those days that you give thanks, and as a bonus the Sharks left our Tuna alone
Two and a half Tuna (6/24/2010)
[Durban,KZN] The Taxman took his share of our prize Yellowfin Tuna
Fly Fishing Offshore Durban (6/14/2010)
[Durban,KZN] Off shore Fly Fishing for smaller species on trout tackle can get the addrenalin going
Sailfish Strike leaves Bonnie Dead (6/08/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We had a Sailfish strike a bonnie we hooked right by the props.
Sailfish Strike leaves Bonnie Dead (6/08/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We had a Sailfish strike a bonnie we hooked right by the props.
Yellow Fin Tuna in my Office (6/04/2010)
[Durban,KZN] I just love these calm winter days with our superb Durban weather, we really are spoilt with our good weather all year round. Today was one of thise days, and as a bonus we got some Yellow Fin Tuna
Big Sharks, Manta Rays, Whales, Dolphins and lots of Bonnies off Durban (6/01/2010)
[Durban,KZN] All the signs of winter are here with the water cooling down, whales, gannets are arriving. We expect (hope) an early sardine run this year
Durban Deep Sea Fishing – April 2010 (4/26/2010)
[Durban,KZN] There have been some small Yellow Fin Tuna around, the odd Wahoo and Dorado in the deeper waters and the bottom fishing has been slow, there have also been a lot of Queenfish around and during the DSC Couta Classic I got myself a new PB Queenfish of 9.3Kg.
Jozini Tiger Fishing during April 2010 (4/26/2010)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] On the last day of trip 1 we got a real treat when we were able to watch 2 different Osprey eagles catching a tiger fish, there was a lot of game to be seen on these 2 trips and we saw elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, rhino, wildebeest, crocodiles, buck and birds and so much more
Mozambique Fishing Tour Report – Belated (4/26/2010)
[Durban,KZN] The fishing is something else and you can catch in one week what will take you a whole season to do in Durban, and you do not need to travel far as 1Nm out there is a ledge that goes all the way along that coast for about 70km.
Light Tackle Spinning for Bonnies off Durban – 28-02-10 (3/02/2010)
[Durban,KZN] I tried a little closer but the swell was to much for safety and comfort and I was scared that we would flip the boat over and decided to get away from the surf zone.
Dead Bird at Midmar Dam– KZN BETT Feb 2010 (3/02/2010)
[Midmar Dam,KZN] A large bird had got its feet tied up in fishing line and then caught up on a branch in the tree, where it got stuck until it eventually died of starvation there because it was not able to move and ended up hanging in the tree.
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