Fishing Reports by Guide Mike Laubscher
About The Author:
Company: Blue Water Charters - Durban
Area Reporting: Durban. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Bio: Have been fishing since the age of 7 with more than 30 years experience. Fish in both Saltwater & Freshwater Disciplines. Fly Fishing Specialist, Artificial Lure Specialist, Light Tackle Specialist. Love Fishing, completely addicted to fishing.
[Durban,KZN] My account of the annual Durban Billfish tournament
[Durban,KZN] Hard Fishing and long distances produced a Black.
[Durban,KZN] Our first Gamefish and Tuna course went well.
[Durban,KZN] With 249 Yellowfin Tuna landed in 2010, we start our count with 4 for 2011 with 300 being our target.
[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,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.
[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.......
[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
[Durban,KZN] When you least expect it you hook up a Marlin, and we totally under gunned for this battle.
[Durban,KZN] No matter how much you watc and anticipate the weather, often it does the unexpected, but we still got fish
[Durban,KZN] I have always wanted to say this, so let me say it again – Sailfish on Fly off Durban.
[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,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.
[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.
[Durban,KZN] Our summer game fish have come early this year to Durban with many Bull Dorado around and clear warm water
[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.
[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.
[Kosi Lakes,KZN] The fishing was hard, but we did get some fish, nature gave us an awesome display.
[Durban,KZN] Today we got the 203rd Yellowfin Tuna for 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.
[Durban,KZN] Durban Harbour is starting to wake up for summer
[Durban,KZN] It is so good to eventually get Game Fish again as summer is starting after the winter.
[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.
[Durban,KZN] We had more fun feeding the birds than we did fishing.......
[Durban,KZN] The sardines have been here in Durban for a long time this year
[Durban,KZN] Finally the summer Gamefish are arriving in the bay
[Durban,KZN] As spring approaches we wait for King Fish (Jacks) to enter our harbour which is a natuaral estuary
[Durban,KZN] The seas are still big and the Sardine rn has left us with a huge population of Hammerhead Sharks
[Durban,KZN] With the odd swell over 4m it was not pleasant
[Durban,KZN] Today was superb, we got some really nice fish out in the deep and saw many Dolphins.
[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
[Durban,KZN] It was exciting on the new boat, and an awesome catch on 6lb tackle
[Durban,KZN] It is very unusual to see a Black Marlin in Mid Winter
[Durban,KZN] We had fun and games with a really strong shark
[Durban,KZN] We are still getting Yellowfin Tuna off Durban.
[Durban,KZN] Today was one of those days that you give thanks, and as a bonus the Sharks left our Tuna alone
[Durban,KZN] The Taxman took his share of our prize Yellowfin Tuna
[Durban,KZN] Off shore Fly Fishing for smaller species on trout tackle can get the addrenalin going
[Durban,KZN] We had a Sailfish strike a bonnie we hooked right by the props.
[Durban,KZN] We had a Sailfish strike a bonnie we hooked right by the props.
[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
[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,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.
[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
[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.
[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.
[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,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).
[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,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.