Fishing Reports by Guide Mike Laubscher

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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.

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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.
Dolphins, Whales, Turtles & Snakes off Durban 22-10-09 (10/22/2009)
[Durban,KZN] I went out with a father and his young son off Durban. We launched at 05h00 from Durban harbour and trolled light tackle along the back line. The water surface temperature was averaging around 22 deg. C (still cold) and the day started with a moderate NE breeze, the swells were around 1.2m (4ft)
Hot Tiger Fishing at Lake Jozini - 15-10-09 (10/19/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] On my way to the Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) slipway whilst driving through the reserve area I cam across a bunch of Giraffes and a herd of Wildebeest, I then met my guests at the slipway at around 14h00, and it was a blistering hot afternoon.
Surface Fishing for Tigers in the Weed Beds – 18-10-09 (10/18/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We got down to the Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) entrance at around 04h55, as this was our last day we wanted to start early as we all had to drive home later. The gate guard was not there and arrived late at around 05h15, which is frustrating. Whilst driving down to the slipway we were treated to some game viewing with Giraffes, Wildebeest, Springbok and Nyala all making an appearance, and near the slipway there was a herd of Black Rhino.
Jozini Tiger Fish taking Surface Lures – 17-10-09 (10/17/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We waited for the rain to clear and only launched at around 08h30, it was overcast and there was a light SW wind blowing, the water temperature was still averaging around 23 deg. C. The conditions were mild and it was a really pleasant day. We had thought that the Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) water might be dirty as the Pongola River was a mud colour, but the water was still crystal clear.
Jozini Tiger Fish caught in Shallow Weed Beds – 16-10-09 (10/16/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] We launched at Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) at 05h00 and took the 20Km (1.5Mi) trip to the Gorge, it was sunny already by the slipway, but at the gorge there was a very thick mist that made us wet and we could not even see the Lebombo mountain tops, the water was crystal clear and we could see the bottom at around 5m (16ft). There was a wind blowing down the gorge and the water surface temperature was averaging at around 22 deg. C.
Triple Kingfish Hook up - Durban Deep Sea Fishing - 10/10/09 (10/10/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures went deep sea fishing off Durban with a father and his 3 sons. This was a second try as last week we had to cancel due to extremely bad weather, and there was a possibility of rain. We launched at 05h00 and returned at 13h00.
Tiger Fishing in the Wind at Lake Jozini – 08/10/09 (10/08/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took some guests out on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) for a morning of Tiger Fishing. We launched at Nkonkoni at around 05h30. When we got going with the boat there was a mother Hippo and here baby nearby, and she cam and tried to chase us away even though we were some distance away she was not happy.
Targeting Tiger Fish on Drop Shot Lures and Fly Fishing – 07/10/09 (10/07/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took some guests out on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) to chase tiger fish on artificial lures and on fly. We launched at Golela at 05h00 and fished until 18h30.
Tiger Fish in Deeper Water at Lake Jozini – 06/10/09 (10/06/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took some guests out on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) for a morning of Tiger Fishing on Drop Shot lures. We stayed at Umziki Chalets, which is a lovely self catering facility.
Tiger Fishing at Lake Jozini – 05/10/09 (10/05/2009)
[Pongolapoort Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures spent an afternoon on the southern side Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) scouting the dam to see where the Tiger Fish where active.
Kissing Bass at Inanda Dam 4-10-09 (10/04/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] The sea has been rough lately with the large frontal system and today was no exception and so I had to postpone my deep sea fishing booking off Durban for safety reasons and decided to go down to Inanda Dam South Africa with some buddies for a morning of bass kissing (fishing).
Deepwater Bass at Inanda Dam – 28-09-09 (9/27/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures guided the Father and Son on their Triton Boat at Inanda Dam South Africa for a second day. We launched at 06h00 and fished until 13h00.
Getting Bass on Drop Shot at Inanda Dam – 26/09/09 (9/26/2009)
[Inanda Dam,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures guided a father and son from Gauteng on Inanda Dam South Africa on their Triton Bass Boat. The weather was sunny and it got very hot in the afternoon, the water was clear in mid and lower sections of the dam, and turbid in the river section. Water surface temperature started out at 20.4 deg. C and ended at22.7 deg C.
Match fishing in Durban Bay 24-09-09 (9/25/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took a boy and his Dad out fishing in Durban Harbour. I took this boy fishing for the first time in his life last year, and today he was more confident and not shy at all. I always love taking the little ones fishing, it gives me great pleasure.
Fishing in Big Seas off Durban 24-09-09 (9/25/2009)
[Durban,KZN] Nikao Fishing Adventures took 4 clients Deep Sea Fishing off Durban, we launched at 05h30 and there was a breeze blowing.
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