Mike Laubscher

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.

The sea was flat, there not much wind, the sun was out and it was a lovely day. The water was dark and turbid, and the surface temperature averaged 24 deg. C. Later on the wind picked up and the water was choppy.

We headed North to the old Well and then started trolling lures from around 60m and continued North until Umdloti at the 170m depth and then turned South and continued until 250m. There was no surface action and we passed several boats which had caught nothing. I then started heading towards Durban and we had a pod of around 15 Dolphins swimming with the boat on the bow, and there was a baby in the pod which shadowed its mother all the time. Such a beautiful sight; and the baby was so cute, perfect in every way and fully formed, just smaller.

The Dolphins travelled with us for quite some time, and immediately after they left us 3 reels started screaming and we had a triple hook up of Yellow Fin Tuna on the Rapala's and Sailfish Catcher. They all weighed in just under 5kg (11lbs). We continued towards Durban and at the 170m mark we had a double hook up of Oceanic Bonito's which weighed in just under 6Kg (13lbs). All caught on light tackle. After that we headed back to port.

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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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