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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Marlin Food is Here (9/23/2018)
[Durban,KZN] These Oceanic Bonito are Marlin food, and along with some flying fish that we saw, I am sure we will start getting Marlin early this season.
Bonito are getting bigger. (9/22/2018)
[Durban,KZN] A strong west wind blew for about an hour during our trip and made for a very choppy sea and then all calmed down and the rain set in making us soaking wet
Tuna, Tuna, Tuna, Fat Girl wins again. (9/13/2018)
[Durban,KZN] It was not long before we had our first bonnie on the line, then another and then another, the Bonnies are getting bigger now with a really nice one which was followed by a decent Yellowfin Tuna. After the excitement and 2 nice fish in the hatch and a bunch of others being caught I went to target my next spot and BINGO we all 9 lines go off at once
10 Years of Charters (9/04/2018)
[Durban,KZN] 10 Years of charters. From humble beginnings on the 1st of September 2018, a small boat and 6 fishing rods we have overcome many obstacles to be here today.
Good Tuna in a big swell (9/03/2018)
[Durban,KZN] The Bonnies have been thick this year and on our trip on Saturday afternoon we had some wild and crazy Bonnie action which broke all our previous records landing 34 Bonito in 30 minutes which was awesome fun on light tackle and the chaos and mayhem of so many fish happening at once just got everyone’s adrenalin pumping
Tuna Quadruple Hook up. (8/21/2018)
[Durban,KZN] The fish were not behaving normally today and most were biting the lures very close behind the boat and not the ones further back, they were also jumping out the water at the lures making a great show and one could watch them jump and hit the surface lures and then watch the road bend and the reel zing.
Tuna for Fat Girl and Nawty Girl. (8/19/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Yesterday I don’t think there was a moment when someone was not fighting a Bonnie or all the lines out on the light tackle these are great fun
Tuna Again (8/10/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Then all the action stopped and we were being entertained by 2 Albatross trying to snatch our Shotgun lure and we were all calling to the Tuna, when all a sudden. BANG the shot gun rigger snapped and ZZZZZZZZZZ as the shot gun rod bent over properly and the reel started to sing
Tuna are starting to make an appearance. (7/21/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Yesterday I saw some showings of larger fish which I thought were Yellowfin Tuna and so today we went out rigged accordingly with a plan and within 30 minutes we had a hook up
July Holidays (7/17/2018)
[Durban,KZN] . One on long trip we went down South and found a pocket of sardines with Sharks, Sailfish and Marlin smashing them, we managed to hook up ...
Winter Fishing Durban in June (7/07/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Bottom fishing in general has been really good with some really decent size fish coming out, Shark activity has been very high and we have been taxed of a number of good fish over the month.
The last weeks Fishing (5/31/2018)
[Durban,KZN] After taking some time off it is back to fishing, the last week has seen the water temperature off Durban go cold with today being 21.6deg.C. The last few trips have seen nice days but the mornings are getting cold and chilly so one has to layer up
A tough day (5/12/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We went all the way past Umdloti and only managed 2 bonnies and then we started doing some bottom fishing up North and made our way back to Durban reef by reef. The sinkers were ice cold
Short Mini Deep Trip (5/06/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Strange current direction again today but the water was nice and blue compared to green yesterday. It is chilly in the mornings but today warmed up quickly. Water temperature is dropping as we head into winter now. We trolled just over an hour on our way to the reef to see if we could get a nice Tuna
Short Backline Trip (5/05/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We had a short light tackle backline trip this morning but the dredger was busy in that area so I decided to go on the South side a little deeper.
Some good bottom fishing (4/29/2018)
[Durban,KZN] no game fish but did see a Sailfish jump in the same area on both days.
Last trips of 40 something (4/25/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Our last 2 trips were half-day trips starting early morning and both days had a screaming reverse current making fishing very difficult even with nice flat seas. Mornings are getting chilly now and there is dew on the cars parked outside early every morning of late and so the signs are that we are well into autumn now and that winter is coming.
Tuna on the bite today - Great fun on light tackle (4/15/2018)
[Durban,KZN] The Tuna had their own plans for us and we had non-stop Tuna action for most of the trip with 14 hook ups and landing .....
Good Tuna and Wahoo (4/13/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We launched this morning into a strong NE wind that the forecast said would die out early and the day was supposed to be stunning, but it did not happen
Fun Family Fishing Trip (4/11/2018)
[Durban,KZN] In the end the whole family had a great day out with a lot of fun even though there was a little rain from time to time.
Black Marlin 3-2-1 - Released (4/09/2018)
[Durban,KZN] What a day we had today, we launched this morning to look for a Marlin into a 12knot NE wind which just got stronger as the day went on until it peaked at about 28knots. Water was warm and light green. We headed about 70km out to our selected grounds
Sharks on Light Spinning Tackle. (4/04/2018)
[Durban,KZN] These are fun trips for a family outing just to enjoy each other outdoors and have a blast, not serious fishing
Dorado on the bite today (4/04/2018)
[Durban,KZN] The sea was calm and flat, like glass, it was too nice, it is the conditions we always dream about and when we actually get to fish these days which happen so seldom one has to change ones tactics to get more action on the lures
The Taxman cometh and taketh away. (4/03/2018)
[Durban,KZN] then a little further out I saw schools of bait fish, I had just gone over a known pinnacle when I saw bait fish flying on my right and some big swirls and I swung the boat towards this and it was not long before the shot gun went
Kids Fishing - 3 Generations and over 200 fish (3/31/2018)
[Durban,KZN] He had a whale of a time and caught 44 fish with over
Two Dolly Birds and a Hoo. (3/29/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Today I had the pleasure of hosting one of my oldest and longest standing customers and his 7yr old son who has been booking charters with me since my first small charter boat 10 years ago. Over many trips and years we are good friends. It was really great trying to remember all the different trips over the years.
5hrs, 4 Countries, 3 Fish. (3/27/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We had an interesting group of guys today from 4 countries to attend a wedding. Belgium, Australia, UK. We launched at 06h00 for a short 5hr charter, by 07h30 we already had 2 x
Good Bottoms in a Strong Current (3/25/2018)
[Durban,KZN] the west wind was blowing stiff with a small but choppy sea we made our way out to look for some game fish. The reverse current was screaming at 6 knots
Triple up Dorado (3/17/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Launching at 06h00 just as the rain started to lift the day started out wet and turned into a stunning day
Autumn Game Fish Grand Slam (3/14/2018)
[Durban,KZN] With summer behind us we are now in Autumn, my favourite fishing time of the year. What a stunning morning with dead flat seas and a very slight wind we made our way out to the deep to look for a Blue Marlin by the mountain
Another Black Marlin for Fat Girl (3/11/2018)
[Durban,KZN] It’s been a frustrating 3 weeks and the water has not been that great with screaming currents, green water inside and wind from every direction, water temperatures have varied from 22deg.C – 28deg.C and out in the deep the flying fish and squid are plentiful. We have not seen a Dorado or Wahoo since early February
A Big Lady, the one that got away, the Tuna and a Shark. (2/05/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We had 3 long trips from Friday through to Sunday with various guests from the UK and Austria, our team consisted of Erik, Kurt and myself. On Friday we launched very early so we could be back well in time before the big South West wind came through and this worked out well
About the Turtle and the Yellowfin (1/29/2018)
[Durban,KZN] This weekend was very frustrating with the weather reports getting it totally wrong, On Saturday light NE winds were forecast and we launched early for a 5 hour trip,
Game Fish Grand SLam (1/26/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Today was a vast improvement and the strong SW winds have brought us some warmer and cleaner water and it looks like things will start getting better. We had a short 5hour charter today with nice results
A Big Honeycomb Skate in the Harbour. (1/13/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We had two 5 hour harbour trips and had some great fun, catching a bunch of .......
Black Marlin Afternoon (1/10/2018)
[Durban,KZN] I knew when the Wahoo and Bonnies started coming around we would be getting a Black very soon. A very happy angler with his first Marlin, and our Marlin account opened for 2018. Well done Henk, you fought your Marlin like a pro.
Wahoo again (1/09/2018)
[Durban,KZN] If Wahoo are around then Black Marlin are around so the clock is ticking and it will be game on soon, the next 4 months from now until April is the best time for Marlin in Durban.
Dad's Dorado (1/08/2018)
[Durban,KZN] With a short morning trip that had to be split between game fishing and bottoms we shot out early in the morning and by 06h30 we had a .....
Wahoo Account opened for 2018. (1/08/2018)
[Durban,KZN] The conditions have been improving and there is a lot of clean warm water around, especially out in the deep. Inshore has been very quiet and we have had to travel a fair distance to get fish.
First Dorado for 2018 (1/03/2018)
[Durban,KZN] With a stiff SW wind and unsettled seas from the SW Buster the day before we made our way out for a short morning trip, we eventually found some nice clean warm water
Last Dat out in 2017 (1/01/2018)
[Durban,KZN] Both Fat Girl and Nawty Girl made their way out of port early on the 31st to do their last trips for 2017 after a very busy week. It was a stunning day with great conditions, warm clear water, light winds and flat seas.
Best of the West (12/28/2017)
[Durban,KZN] we made our way out deep and headed south, we found warm, clear purple water just under 26deg.C. Birds diving and hovering, flying fish, bait schools and lots of small tuna jumping everywhere; we were excited and were expecting something big
Lonely Dorado - Fishing Report – Durban – 26-12-2017 (12/26/2017)
[Durban,KZN] After yesterdays wind the water was all green again but it was warm with temperatures from 24.3deg.C to 24.8deg.C.
Early Morning Tuna Bite (12/24/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Today was one of those great mornings, flat seas and warm water at almost 25deg.C and very clean with a slight current. We had a 5 hour Mini Deep Sea so it was not a trip out to the deep
Little Guy Loves Fishing (12/18/2017)
[Durban,KZN] he had so much fun on Nawty Girl and caught a.......
Tuna off the bottom - Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 17-12-2017 (12/17/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Sea conditions were ideal for bottom fishing today with a 1-2knot S-N current and a very light SE wind, so light that one could hear a ship’s engines from 2 miles away.
Miles of ocean and one Hot Spot (12/12/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Inshore the water was cold and well under 23deg.C and so we headed out to deeper waters and eventually on the 200m Ballito side we found a warm patch of clear water with 24.5deg.C which was about 5km long in a sort of oval shape about 3km wide. So a rather strange patch of water that had a lot of activity and we got fish, at 08h00 we started up with a triple up .....
A Stormy Dorado into the backing (12/11/2017)
[Durban,KZN] The water was not that clean and but over a wreck in about 80m of water I saw some good fish showing on the sounder, but they were not coming up even after several passes, so we moved away, I saw no evidence of game fish anywhere else so decided to persist on the 80m wreck and after the 2nd pass the reel started screaming and line was peeling off.
Got the Hammer by the Tail (11/26/2017)
[Durban,KZN] . It was not long after we set our lines at about 06h00 when one of the reels started screaming with a serious bend in the rod and a big fight followed, I thought it was a large Yellowfin Tuna by the way the line went deep and about 1 hour later we found that we had tail hooked.......
A good tuna in bad water (11/21/2017)
[Durban,KZN] On the way out the port right at the South Pier we spotted a large GT of about 30Kg dashing through the swells breaking over the sand bank.
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