Fishing Articles by Guide Mike Laubscher

Dorado Tactics (9/15/2011)
[Big Game] Dorado Tactics - An artical covering lures and methods used when heading offshore to target Dorado aka Mahi-mahi
Fishing with your eyes shut (8/23/2011)
[Big Game] An article on how to read the water when heading off shore
Birds – How to release them (8/23/2011)
[Saltwater Fishing] An article on how to deal with large sea birds when they get hooked or tangled up in your line without excessive stress on the animal and morlatility.
Don’t give up on the Salt! (4/17/2011)
[Fly Fishing] An article I wrote on Salwater Fly Fishing some time back.
You’ve got a Hook Up……… What Now (4/11/2011)
[Big Game] What to do when the reel growls.............
Rigging up for Trolling – Part 2 (11/23/2010)
[Big Game] Here are some tips to rigging up your lures and tackle and where to place the lures in your spread.
Think like a Fish……………….. (10/17/2010)
[Saltwater Fishing] Many an eager fisherman's approach to fishing is to simply chuck his lure out there and hope to catch a fish, and it is thought that catching a fish or even a big one is luck. I call this "chuck & hope", and it is my belief that whilst one can get a lucky fish, it was only because unknowingly you put the right lure in the right place at the right time and in the right way. There should be a technical or scientific approach to the way you target fish.
Fishing with Strip Baits (10/17/2010)
[Saltwater Fishing] The strip bait is a very under estimated method of fishing, and yet it is highly effective and can be used in so many ways.
KZN Basics - Game Fishing with Trolling Lures (10/17/2010)
[Saltwater Fishing] Targeting the various species of Game Fish that we find off Durban using Artificial Lures can be rewarding, but ones needs to apply a little bit of thought, organisation and order to make it work.
Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1 (10/17/2010)
[Saltwater Fishing] Hard Plastic lures with lips like Rapala and Halco In my previous article called "Trolling Dynamics for small Ski-Boats" I discussed the various lures and how they work, in this article I want to cover the rigging of these lures and how to set them up in your spread.
Hunting Jozini Tigers my Style (10/25/2009)
[Freshwater Fishing] There are many ways that an angler can target Tiger Fish and in this article I am going to write about targeting these magnificent freshwater game fish using artificial soft plastic baits, this is a relatively new method very similar to saltwater drop shot and is an extremely effective. Since I started fishing for Tigers this way I have not used any other method it is so effective, except for fly fishing.
Getting Big Bass on Top Water (8/13/2009)
[Bass Fishing] Bass are greedy predators that like to sit in ambush and wait for their prey. A greedy hungry Bass will eat just about anything and will swallow prey up to ¾ of his own size without any regrets.
Deep Water Drop Shotting (8/13/2009)
[Saltwater Fishing] Drop shot in essence has become a named used for fishing soft fishing plastic lures in saltwater, and there are several ways to do this.
Fishing Lipless Crank Baits (8/13/2009)
[Bass Fishing] I have seen many lipless cranks in many tackle boxes that have never been used, the reason I think is that people buy them and do not know how to fish them and when they try them they get snagged.
Drop Shotting for Bass (8/13/2009)
[Bass Fishing] Drop Shot for Bass also known as Down Shot or Under Shot was a finesse fishing technique brought to the US by Bass anglers from Japan, and this new style of fishing is becoming a popular way to fish for Bass in South Africa.
Trolling Dynamics For Small Ski Boats (8/13/2009)
[Saltwater Fishing] It is a common belief that the fish are scared of your boat, whilst the fact is that they are actually attracted to it. Armed with this knowledge and the correct dynamics of setting up your lures; and the knowledge of how these lures perform, your can turn your small ski-boat into a mobile FAD (Fish Attracting Device) and convert your litres of fuel into kilograms of fish.
A record Sailfish to remember (8/13/2009)
[Big Game] June 16th 2008 was a lovely Durban winters morning, it was warm, the sun was shining, the skies were clear and the wind was a mere breeze. The seas were flat and the water crystal clear.
Fishing with Spinner Baits and Buzz Baits (8/13/2009)
[Bass Fishing] Spinner Baits and Buzz Baits are one of the traditional methods of catching Bass, and even today they remain a very effective and popular way of fishing for Bass.
Think like a Bass Part 1- Bass Behaviour (8/13/2009)
[Bass Fishing] Many an eager fisherman's approach to fishing is to simply chuck his lure out there and hope to catch a fish, and it is thought that catching a fish or even a big one is luck. I call this "chuck & hope", and it is my belief that whilst one can get a lucky fish, it was only because unknowingly you put the right lure in the right place at the right time and in the right way.
Hunting Bass With Hard Plastic Jerk Baits (8/13/2009)
[Bass Fishing] Fishing Jerk Baits is one of my favourite ways to target Bass, especially during the spawning season which will be upon us soon. With Jerk Baits you can target Bass all year round and expect to get some awesome Bass during the pre spawn, spawn and post spawn.
Vertical Jigging 101 (7/16/2009)
[Jigging] Vertical jigging is a style of fishing which has come out of Japan, also known as buttefly jigging. It is an auxhilirating and exiting way to get big fish and is as close to hunting that fishing can ever get.
The Art of Saltwater Drop Shot (12/10/2008)
[Saltwater Fishing] This article summerises some tecniques for saltwater drop shot fishing, from a boat and land based drop shot. Drop shot fishing is a really effective an fun way to catch fish on light tackle.