Mike Laubscher

Holiday Dorado

Offshore Fishing Report – December/January 2020

With the weather against us on many days with strong NE and SW winds and some really choppy seas the last 2 weeks have been very busy and we have done a lot of trips between the boats even with days that the weather did not allow for a trip. For the first time in my life I encountered water of 27.6 deg.C straight out the port, usually we find this warm water 50km out. Dorado have been around and have been regular catches on all trips along with a few Yellowfin Tuna, this seasons Dorado have been on the small to medium size with many little rats and the better ones only 4-7Kg with the odd one bigger, the Yellowfin Tuna have been scarce. The Oceanic Bonito arrived during this period which is a very good sign as this means that Black Marlin are around, we have been catching a lot of these with many multiple hook ups which is always great fun on the boat. Nawty Girl hooked up a Sailfish and on the same day Fat Girl hooked up a small Marlin almost at the same time, sadly both fish came off on the jump. Bottom fishing has been a bit slow but some nice fish have come out. The highlight for this holiday period was a really nice Yellowfin Tuna of 14Kg on Nawty Girl. This hot weather the past few days is caused by the Agulhas current being so close to shore along with the very warm water temperatures and I think a nice cold front will do wonders for the fishing and give the fans and air-conditioners a break. By the looks of things we may have a longer season than usual and the Dorries will be here for longer, I hope so anyway.

Fish Species: Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna
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Mike Laubscher

About The Author: Mike Laubscher

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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