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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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.
Durban Harbour Fishing 21/02/10 (3/02/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We started out with light spinning tackle targeting any game fish that may be around, and we managed to land 1 small Sea Pike (Pick Handle Barracuda) and we got a double hook up of 2 small Yellow Tail King Fish (Jacks).
Wahoo and the Biggest ELT I ever saw off Durban 19-02-10 (2/20/2010)
[Durban,KZN] Frik's line went tight and the rod got bent properly, the reel went ZZZZZZ and the line was peeling off. After a good 15 minute fight with a few runs the biggest Eastern Little Tuna (ELT) I have ever seen in my entire life came up. This ELT was huge, and not only was it long but it had a Pot Belly like a Large Mouth Bass and was round and fat.
Kosi Lakes Fishing Adventure 13-15/02/2010 - Day 3 (2/16/2010)
[Kosi Lakes,KZN] We launched at 04h00 in the hope of getting another early morning GT or 2, the water surface temperature had dropped to 26 deg. C and the was the lightest of NE winds blowing. It was not very long when we got our 1st hit and after 15 minutes of heavy fighting we landed another superb GT.
Kosi Lakes Fishing Adventure 13-15/02/2010 - Day 2 (2/16/2010)
[Kosi Lakes,KZN] We got up at 04h00 and were already on the water before 05h00 there was a stiff SW wind blowing and the water surface temperature was averaging 31 deg. C
Kosi Lakes Fishing Adventure 13-15/02/2010 - Day 1 (2/16/2010)
[Kosi Lakes,KZN] After getting all our permits etc. in order we launched the boat at about 08h30, it was a hot day of around 38 deg. C and very humid, there was a light NE wind and the water surface temperature averaged around 29.5 deg. C. The Kosi Lake system was looking good with the water levels where they should be, and the water was crystal clear.
Kosi Lakes Fishing Adventure 13-15/02/2010 (2/16/2010)
[Kosi Lakes,KZN] Kosi lakes is a natural estuary system on the northern borders of Kwa Zulu Natal consisting of 3 saltwater lakes and the Kosi Mouth set in a wetland reserve, and besides good fishing for a variety of estuary fish and game fish, the area is stunning, natural and unspoilt. It is one of those places you need to go to in South Africa.
Spinning Small Topwater Baits for Bass at Inanda Dam 11-02-10 (2/11/2010)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] We got the boat in the water at around 15h30 and fished until around 18h30, our purpose for the day was to target Bass on topwater with light spinning tackle.
Fishing for Grunter in Durban Bay 09-02-10 (2/11/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We launched at around 18h30 to target some spotted Grunter in the Durban Bay on light 8lb tackle, the NE wind was pumping and the water surface temperature averaged around 22 deg. C, high tide was at 20h30.
Vertical Jigging and Spinning Off Shore Durban 08-02-10 (2/08/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We got off to an early launch at 05h00 and mad our way out the Durban harbour mouth and headed NE until around 35m depth. It was a lovely morning with a red sunrise and not too much wind which was blowing in a NE direction and the water surface temperature averaged around 22 deg. C with some warmer spots up to 23.5 deg. C and cooler spots down to 19 deg. C. The swell was around 1.5m spaced at around 8 sec.
A Great White Shark and A Lizard Off Durban - 06-02-10 (2/06/2010)
[Durban,KZN] I was a GREAT WHITE SHARK and I could tell by the gill slits and underbelly. It was massive, way longer than my boat, I estimate around 6m long which puts it over 1500kg, its pectoral fins were longer than my arms and its head was almost as wide as my boat. And here it was breaching 20m behind my boat, what a huge and magnificent creature and for sure the master of the sea.
Chicks Dig Fishing - 04-02-10 (2/04/2010)
[Durban,KZN] Fishing in Durban Harbour We tried to go off shore today but the SW wind was pumping way too hard and the sea was choppy with big swells, so we came back into Durban harbour to fish.
Tough Day at Inanda BETT 30-10-10 (2/01/2010)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] The day started out overcast and little bit of rain here and there and the water surface temperature averaged around 26 deg. C. In the morning there was very little wind but later on a SW wind picked up and the sun showed it face and made for a really hot day. The dam was completely flooded and the water level considerably higher that it was the last time we were there.
Strange seas off Durban 24-01-10 (1/24/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We got off to a late start this morning and only got going at around 06h00 eventually. There was a moderate NE wind blowing and the water surface temperature averaged around 22 deg. C with some spots being as low as 19 deg. C and some as high as 24.5 deg. C. It was an extremely hot day.
TUNA TIME Durban Deep Sea Fishing 17-01-10 (1/18/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban Harbour at around 05h30, it was overcast but not raining. The water surface temperature in the harbour was around 22.5 deg. C. The sea was flat, there was virtually no wind and even thought the swell was 2.1m (7ft) it was spaced at 22 seconds making for a really nice day. We were greeted by one of those sunsets that light up all the clouds on the horizon and give it a golden orange glow.
Inanda Dam Hot Topwater Bite 15-01-10 (1/16/2010)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] We launched at Inanda dam at around 12h00, the water surface temperature was around 27.5 deg. C and there was a light SW wind blowing. At the launch site we saw the baby Zebra up close which is starting to grow nicely; and there was several Fish Eagles and Yellow Billed Kites gliding around the dam. We fished until 18h45.
Bonnie hits lure as it is sent out 08-01-10 (1/10/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban Harbour at around 05h00, it was a lovely morning with virtually no wind and the seas were flat, perfect for a 5 hr trip. The water surface temperature had dropped even more and was between 18-19 deg. C; this gave me little hope for getting good game fish. As we trolled along we found small pockets of warmer water of around 24 deg. C.
South West Washing Machine 07-01-10 (1/10/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban Harbour at 05h00 and made our way out the harbour mouth, it seemed quite pleasant until we passed the Bluff point and there was a stiff SW wind blowing. The water surface temperature had also dropped significantly and was averaging around 21 deg. C.
Marlin left my reel Smoking Hot and Empty in 4 seconds flat 03-01-10 (1/03/2010)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban harbour at around 04h00, it was a spectacular morning with virtually no wind and a small swell which greeted us with one of those perfect Durban sunrises. The water temperature varied between 24-25 deg. C. As the day progressed the NE wind started to pick up more and more, we arrived back at port at around 11h30.
Yahoo!!! Wahoo and Dorado Double take 02-01-10 (1/03/2010)
[Durban,KZN] 2010 is upon us and it seems that the years are rolling by faster and faster and this was to be my first fishing adventure for 2010. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of my reports a super 2010.
Ralph, Huey, George and one Mother of a Shark -31-12-09 (1/01/2010)
[Durban,KZN] The end of the year has come and this was to be my final fishing experience for 2009. We launched at 07h00 for a 5hr trip off Durban, we had not even got out the harbour mouth when one of the guys started getting sea sick.
Reef Fishing off Durban 26-12-09 (12/26/2009)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban Harbour for a short 5hr session in the 30-50m depth contour. The water surface temperature was around 24deg. C. The seas were flat and very little wind.
Live Bait Fishing off Backline 25-12-09 (12/25/2009)
[Durban,KZN] I took a little boy out to backline for a short fishing session using Yozuri's where we caught a fair amount of Sand Soldiers, Shad, Mackerel and Lizard Fish, as always it was great fun.
Durban Harbour produces Sea Pike on Drop Shot -24-12-09 (12/24/2009)
[Durban,KZN] We launched at 12h00 for a 5hr drop shot session in Durban Harbour, it was overcast and rained on and off and the water surface temperature was around 22 deg. C and a stiff SW wind was blowing.
Flying Fish and Dorado off Durban 23-12-09 (12/23/2009)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban Harbour at 05h00, it was a super day with virtually no wind and swells of less than a meter with a long interval. The water surface temperature was warm at 25 deg. C.
Kiddies fishing for Mackerel, Shad & Sardines off Durban 22-12-09 (12/22/2009)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban harbour at 05h00 and went South of the harbour mouth to take the kiddies to do some light tackle fishing for Mackerel, Shad & Sardines using Yozuri's for a few hours.
Triple Yellow Fin Tuna hooked up Deep Sea Durban 21-12-09 (12/21/2009)
[Durban,KZN] We launched the morning at 05h00 and headed out of Durban Harbour, where we stopped to collect some live bait. There was a lot of bait fish around and we quickly filled up the hatch. There was a lot of large Shad around as many of our live baits came up with only the heads left.
Fishing next to the Rain in Durban 19-12-09 (12/20/2009)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban Harbour at around 06h00. I have just fitted my out riggers and was eager to test them. It was raining on the way out of Durban harbour mouth but once we gout out to sea the rain was only over the land and so the whole day we could see the rain, but did not get wet.
Lots and Lots of Little Bass at Inanda Dam 17-12-09 (12/18/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] We launched at around 13h00 at Inanda Dam and the wind was blowing quite hard. The water surface temperature was around 26.5 deg. C.
Warmer waters off shore Durban 17-12-09 (12/18/2009)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban harbour at 05h00 for a short 5hr trip. It was a nice morning and very little wind. We headed straight out to the 35m depth contour. On our way out the harbour mouth we saw a huge Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) jump several meters out of the water chasing a smaller fish.
A good day Hunting Trout on the Bushmans River (11/29/2009)
[Drakensberg,KZN] We left Durban at around 04h00 and headed up towards the Drakensburg to the Bushmans River for a day of wild brown river trout fishing. It was overcast and misty all day but not cold. The river water was turbid with about 1.2m (4ft) visibility. We were a little dubious, but decided to go ahead anyway.
Good Weather Sharks, Albatross & Oceanic Bonito's off Durban (11/29/2009)
[Durban,KZN] We launched out of Durban harbour at around 04h30. I wanted to find warm water and see if we could get our first Dorado for the season. I also wanted to use my new light tackle trolling rods for the 1st time.
First cast and you're On. (11/20/2009)
[Umgeni River,KZN] Took the Landy to go play in the mud this afternoon down by the river
SHARKS WIN !!! (11/15/2009)
[Durban,KZN] We launched from Durban Harbour at about 16h00 and went out to collect live bait, there was a moderate SW wind blowing and the water surface temp was around 22 deg. C.
Big Tiger on Drop Shot in Short time at Lake Jozini 08/11/09 (11/09/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] I met my US clients at Pongola, and then we headed to Lake Jozini for some Tiger fishing. It was a hot day of around 38 deg. C, the skies were clear and the NE wind was pumping. Water surface temperature averaged around 24 deg. C.
Paddle Tail delivers Big Bass at Inanda Dam 07/11/09 (11/09/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] We went down to Inanda Dam and launched at around 06h30 for a quick morning session of Bass fishing and fished until 09h30. There was virtually no wind and the water was like glass, the water was crystal clear and the surface temperature varied between 24-25 deg. C. It was a beautiful warm summer's morning. I have not been down to Inanda in a while and really enjoyed it.
The No Fish Report 01-11-09 (11/01/2009)
[Durban,KZN] There has always been the fear that one day I will have no fish catches to report, but when I started doing my fishing reports I promised myself that when that day comes I will report it just like I do with all my others, so here goes.
Jozini Tigers are Tough 24/10/09 (10/24/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We left Shayamoya at around 04h50 with our breakfast packs and went down to launch the boat, The wind was already starting to blow and it was still from the NE, the water surface temperature was still averaging around 22 deg. C.
Wind, Waves and Tigers at Jozini 23/10/09 (10/23/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] I met my guests at Shayamoya Game Lodge at around 09h30, and whilst having some coffee on the deck I was looking over Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) and saw that all the recent rains had brought muddy water from the Pongola River into the dam and the water was badly stained.
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