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Sailfish Strike leaves Bonnie Dead by Mike Laubscher (6/08/2010)
We had a Sailfish strike a bonnie we hooked right by the props.
Sailfish Strike leaves Bonnie Dead by Mike Laubscher (6/08/2010)
We had a Sailfish strike a bonnie we hooked right by the props.
Yellow Fin Tuna in my Office by Mike Laubscher (6/04/2010)
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
Big Sharks, Manta Rays, Whales, Dolphins and lots of Bonnies off Durban by Mike Laubscher (6/01/2010)
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 Deep Sea Fishing – April 2010 by Mike Laubscher (4/26/2010)
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.
Mozambique Fishing Tour Report – Belated by Mike Laubscher (4/26/2010)
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.
Light Tackle Spinning for Bonnies off Durban – 28-02-10 by Mike Laubscher (3/02/2010)
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.
Durban Harbour Fishing – 21/02/10 by Mike Laubscher (3/02/2010)
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).
Wahoo and the Biggest ELT I ever saw off Durban – 19-02-10 by Mike Laubscher (2/20/2010)
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.
Fishing for Grunter in Durban Bay – 09-02-10 by Mike Laubscher (2/11/2010)
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 by Mike Laubscher (2/08/2010)
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 by Mike Laubscher (2/06/2010)
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 by Mike Laubscher (2/04/2010)
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.
Strange seas off Durban – 24-01-10 by Mike Laubscher (1/24/2010)
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 by Mike Laubscher (1/18/2010)
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.
Bonnie hits lure as it is sent out 08-01-10 by Mike Laubscher (1/10/2010)
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 by Mike Laubscher (1/10/2010)
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 by Mike Laubscher (1/03/2010)
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 by Mike Laubscher (1/03/2010)
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 by Mike Laubscher (1/01/2010)
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 by Mike Laubscher (12/26/2009)
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 by Mike Laubscher (12/25/2009)
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 by Mike Laubscher (12/24/2009)
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 by Mike Laubscher (12/23/2009)
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 by Mike Laubscher (12/22/2009)
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 by Mike Laubscher (12/21/2009)
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 by Mike Laubscher (12/20/2009)
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.
Warmer waters off shore Durban – 17-12-09 by Mike Laubscher (12/18/2009)
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.
Good Weather Sharks, Albatross & Oceanic Bonito’s off Durban by Mike Laubscher (11/29/2009)
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.
SHARKS WIN !!! by Mike Laubscher (11/15/2009)
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.
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