All KwaZulu-Natal South Africa Fishing Reports

July Holidays by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 Deep Sea Fishing Adventure by Joe Osborne (5/14/2018)
[Durban,KZN] A great deep sea fishing trip during which time we met wonderful people from the United States of America
A tough day by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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. by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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. by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (3/31/2018)
[Durban,KZN] He had a whale of a time and caught 44 fish with over
Two Dolly Birds and a Hoo. by Mike Laubscher (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. by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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. by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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. by Mike Laubscher (1/13/2018)
[Durban,KZN] We had two 5 hour harbour trips and had some great fun, catching a bunch of .......
Black Marlin Afternoon by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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. by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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 by Mike Laubscher (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.
Offshore Fishing Report – Nawty Girl Maiden Charter – Durban – 05-11-2017 by Mike Laubscher (11/05/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Today Nawty Girl did her first charter and it ended with pleasant results.
Offshore Fishing Report Durban 02-09-2017 by Mike Laubscher (9/04/2017)
[Durban,KZN] Looks like we may get an early start to our game fish season this year and if conditions continue like this we may even see a Dorado being caught on some boat during September and I anticipate some nice Yellowfin Tuna very soon. Marlin love these Skipjack so if the food is already here.......We wait and hope
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 4 June 2017 by Mike Laubscher (6/04/2017)
[Durban,KZN] I was expecting it to be cooler and am also anticipating seeing the first Whales arriving at anytime
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 27 May 2017 by Mike Laubscher (5/29/2017)
[Durban,KZN] There was loads of Skipjack Tuna (Oceanic Bonito) around and they provided some great lighter tackle fishing fun for everyone on board
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 19/20 May 2017 by Mike Laubscher (5/21/2017)
[Durban,KZN] bottom fishing got some nice results with some interesting species
Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 17 May 2017 by Mike Laubscher (5/17/2017)
[Durban,KZN] It was only a short morning charter and we had 2 very unusual catches ......
Fishing Report – Durban – 5 May 2017 by Mike Laubscher (5/06/2017)
[Durban,KZN] with the exception of a sailfish that made itself known but showed very little interest after that.
Fishing Report – Durban – 25-30 April 2017 by Mike Laubscher (4/30/2017)
[Durban,KZN] The worst thing happened on Tuesday with a ....... hooks pulled ...... The highlight of the long weekend was a magnificent ....... caught on Saturday
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