Captain
Mike Laubscher

Member since December 2013

Jozini, South Africa

Background
I have been fishing since I was 5 years old in Durban and have fished many places around the world and in South Africa, but Durban is my home waters. I fished competitive for many years and I have been running my own charters since 2008 with 2 companies and 2 boats, fish a variety of styles and target a variety of fish species in both Salt and Fresh water, have many published articles in several magazines on fishing. Love nature and outdoors, Am very conservation minded and have a passion for birds. I am crazy about big Tuna, Marlin Fishing and Game Fishing, and also love light tackle spinning, am a total lure junkie. Represented my province in fly fishing for many years and am also pro staff for Rapala/Shimano. I want to write a book on fishing one day. 3 items left on my fishing bucket list, guess then a new bucket list will be in order. As a writer I have my own quote: "I love taking people fishing because it releases their inner child, and in doing so keeps my inner child alive."
Techniques
I am crazy about big Tuna and Marlin Fishing, and I also love light tackle spinning with lures

Hey, I'm Captain Mike Laubscher

Jozini, South Africa
Background
I have been fishing since I was 5 years old in Durban and have fished many places around the world and in South Africa, but Durban is my home waters. I fished competitive for many years and I have been running my own charters since 2008 with 2 companies and 2 boats, fish a variety of styles and target a variety of fish species in both Salt and Fresh water, have many published articles in several magazines on fishing. Love nature and outdoors, Am very conservation minded and have a passion for birds. I am crazy about big Tuna, Marlin Fishing and Game Fishing, and also love light tackle spinning, am a total lure junkie. Represented my province in fly fishing for many years and am also pro staff for Rapala/Shimano. I want to write a book on fishing one day. 3 items left on my fishing bucket list, guess then a new bucket list will be in order. As a writer I have my own quote: "I love taking people fishing because it releases their inner child, and in doing so keeps my inner child alive."
Techniques
I am crazy about big Tuna and Marlin Fishing, and I also love light tackle spinning with lures
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Fishing Reports

A tough day

May 11, 2018

A tough day Fishing Report – Durban – 11.05.2018 We got going at 06h00 and made our way out and started off trying to look for a Tuna. Conditions were stunning with flat seas and virtually no wind early… Read Full Report →


Short Backline Trip

May 05, 2018

Short Backline Trip Fishing Report – Durban – 05.05.2018 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.… Read Full Report →


Some good bottom fishing

April 28, 2018

Some good bottom fishing Fishing Report – Durban – 28-29.04.2018 This weekend brought some cold water and we found no game fish but did see a Sailfish jump in the same area on both days. Bottom fishing was awesome… Read Full Report →


Last trips of 40 something

April 25, 2018

Fishing Report – Durban – 25.04.2018 So today marks my last fishing charter in my 40s, time flies by so fast that the roaring 40s becomes the flying 50s before one can say Bob’s your Uncle. Our last 2… Read Full Report →


Tuna on the bite today - Great fun on li

April 15, 2018

Fishing Report – Durban – 15.04.2018 We launched this morning at 06h00 for a short 5hr charter and hoped it would not rain, we had to dodge one rain cloud and so had a stunning day today, water was… Read Full Report →


Good Tuna and Wahoo

April 13, 2018

Good Tuna and Wahoo Fishing Report – Durban – 13.04.2018 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… Read Full Report →


Fun Family Fishing Trip

April 11, 2018

Fishing Report – Durban – 11.04.2018 We launched later to try avoid the rain and the wind but the forecast was out and so we had a wet and windy day fishing with some showers that passed by 3… Read Full Report →


Black Marlin 3-2-1 - Released

April 09, 2018

Black Marlin 3-2-1 - Released Fishing Report – Durban – 09.04.2018 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… Read Full Report →


Sharks on Light Spinning Tackle.

April 04, 2018

Sharks on Light Spinning Tackle. Fishing Report – Durban – 04.04.2018 We had 2 Light Tackle Backline/Harbour Family trips on Nawty Girl today, a 3hr and a 4hr. These are fun trips for a family outing just to enjoy… Read Full Report →


Dorado on the bite today

April 04, 2018

Dorado on the bite today Fishing Report – Durban – 04.04.2018 We had a trip with a family from New Zealand today on Fat Girl, we started out with the whole family on a cruise out the harbour along… Read Full Report →


The Taxman cometh and taketh away.

April 03, 2018

The Taxman cometh and taketh away. Fishing Report – Durban – 03.04.2018 We had a short 4hr mini deep sea trip today with a Family from Jhb, was supposed to be yesterday afternoon by the NE was howling so… Read Full Report →


Kids Fishing - 3 Generations and over 20

March 31, 2018

Kids Fishing - 3 Generations and over 200 fish Fishing Report – Durban – 31.03.2018 We had a short Light tackle Backline Charter this morning on Nawty Girl and had Granddad, Son and Grandson on board with the trip… Read Full Report →


Two Dolly Birds and a Hoo.

March 29, 2018

Two Dolly Birds and a Hoo. Fishing Report – Durban – 29.03.2018 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… Read Full Report →


5hrs, 4 Countries, 3 Fish.

March 27, 2018

5hrs, 4 Countries, 3 Fish. Fishing Report – Durban – 27.03.2018 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… Read Full Report →


Good Bottoms in a Strong Current

March 25, 2018

Good Bottoms in a Strong Current Fishing Report – Durban – 25.03.2018 Launching at 06h00 the west wind was blowing stiff with a small but choppy sea we made our way out to look for some game fish. The… Read Full Report →


Outdoor Family Time with your kids

March 22, 2018

Do something Outdoors with the kids and family this holiday Family Holiday Fishing Trips on Nawty Girl and Fat Girl The Holidays are almost here, time to take the family and kids out on a fun fishing trip for… Read Full Report →


Triple up Dorado

March 17, 2018

Triple up Dorado Fishing Report – Durban – 17.03.2018 Launching at 06h00 just as the rain started to lift the day started out wet and turned into a stunning day with crystal clear warm water close inshore and it… Read Full Report →


Autumn Game Fish Grand Slam

March 13, 2018

Autumn Game Fish Grand Slam Fishing Report – Durban – 13.03.2018 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… Read Full Report →


Another Black Marlin for Fat Girl

March 10, 2018

Another Black Marlin for Fat Girl Marlin Report – Durban – 10.03.2018 On Saturday morning the clean purple water was back inshore and we saw a Marlin come bouncing into the spread from the side and 1 Tiagra start… Read Full Report →


Girls Birthday Party

March 04, 2018

Girls Birthday Party Cruise Stunning weather made for a great trip out the harbour and the boat on anchor in the sheltered waters by Vetchies infront of uShaka. The warm water made swimming great fun and the gils were… Read Full Report →


A Big Lady, the one that got away, the T

February 03, 2018

A Big Lady, the one that got away, the Tuna and a Shark. Fishing Report – Durban – 2-4.02.2018 We had 3 long trips from Friday through to Sunday with various guests from the UK and Austria, our team… Read Full Report →


About the Turtle and the Yellowfin

January 29, 2018

About the Turtle and the Yellowfin Fishing Report – Durban – 29.01.2018 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… Read Full Report →


Game Fish Grand Slam

January 26, 2018

Game Fish Grand Slam. Fishing Report – Durban – 26.01.2018 The past week has had some very difficult fishing conditions with the water very cold and temperatures under 21 deg.C, along with green water and so we have not… Read Full Report →


A Big Honeycomb Skate in the Harbour.

January 12, 2018

A Big Honeycomb Skate in the Harbour. Fishing Report – Durban – 12.01.2018 We had two 5 hour harbour trips and had some great fun, catching a bunch of small Hammer Head Sharks which are such great fun to… Read Full Report →


Black Marlin Afternoon

January 10, 2018

Black Marlin Afternoon. Marlin Report – Durban – 10.01.2018 We had a 5hr trip and left at noon (12h00), 38 minutes into the trip we had a massive bonnie on deck. The water was purple, crystal clear and 27deg.C,… Read Full Report →


Wahoo Again...

January 08, 2018

Wahoo Again... Fishing Report – Durban – 08.01.2018 We had a 5hr trip and left early to try get some fishing in before the west came through, water was warm and over 27deg C. and it was stunning purple… Read Full Report →


Dad's Dorado

January 07, 2018

Dad’s Dorado. Fishing Report – Durban – 07.01.2018 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 nice Queen Dorado… Read Full Report →


Wahoo Account opened for 2018.

January 06, 2018

Wahoo Account opened for 2018. Fishing Report – Durban – 06.01.2018 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… Read Full Report →


First Dorado for 2018

January 02, 2018

First Dorado for 2018. Fishing Report – Durban – 02.01.2018 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… Read Full Report →


Last day out in 2017 - Fishing Report –

December 31, 2017

Last day out in 2017. Fishing Report – Durban – 31.12.2017 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.… Read Full Report →


Best of the West

December 28, 2017

Best of the West. Fishing Report – Durban – 28.12.2017 With an early launch 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… Read Full Report →


Lonely Dorado - Fishing Report – Durban

December 26, 2017

Lonely Dorado. Fishing Report – Durban – 26-12-2017 After yesterdays wind the water was all green again but it was warm with temperatures from 24.3deg.C to 24.8deg.C. We had a moderate SW wind a SE swell and a very… Read Full Report →


Early Morning Tuna Bite

December 24, 2017

Early Morning Tuna Bite. Fishing Report – Durban – 24-12-2017 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… Read Full Report →


Little Guy loves fishing

December 18, 2017

Little Guy loves Fishing Fishing Report – Durban – 18-12-2017 I always love taking children fishing, especially when they have a passion for it at a young age. This little guy was not comfortable with the swells in deeper… Read Full Report →


Tuna off the bottom - Offshore Fishing R

December 17, 2017

Tuna off the bottom Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 17-12-2017 We had a bunch of guys that wanted to go bottom fishing today and launched at 05h00 for a 6hour trip. Sea conditions were ideal for bottom fishing… Read Full Report →


Miles of ocean and one Hot Spot

December 12, 2017

Miles of ocean and one Hot Spot Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 12-12-2017 We had a father, son and son in law from Hilton out with us on Fat Girl on an 8hr charter that ended up being… Read Full Report →


A Stormy Dorado into the backing - Offsh

December 11, 2017

We had a family from Vryburg booked a 5 hour charter Nawty Girl for this morning, and even though no rain was forecast there was a light rain at 05h00 this morning and so as Fat Girl was not… Read Full Report →


Tis the season

November 29, 2017

Nawty Girl has taken mooring 45 at Wilsons Wharf and after 6.5 years of Fat Girl being on mooring 42 she has now moved to mooring 44. This is great as both Fat Girl and Nawty Girl are now… Read Full Report →


Got the Hammer by the Tail

November 26, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Nawty Girl – Durban – 26-11-2017 Stunning weather today with flat seas, which was great after all the lousy weather we have been having, we were supposed to do the trip tomorrow but the forecast… Read Full Report →


A good Tuna in Bad Water

November 21, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report - Durban - 21-11-2017 Got a call to do a short charter late this afternoon and so we went out. On the way out the port right at the South Pier we spotted a large GT… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report – Nawty Girl Mai

November 05, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Nawty Girl Maiden Charter – Durban – 05-11-2017 Today Nawty Girl did her first charter and it ended with pleasant results. The weather forecast showed light SW winds, but we got light NE winds getting… Read Full Report →


Nawty Girl is ready for the Game Fishing

October 06, 2017

Nawty Girl our second boat is complete and ready, she is in the water and on her mooring at Wilson's Wharf. We launched her on Friday. Book your Game Fish trip now, season has started 6 m boat Suitable… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report Durban 02-09-201

September 02, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report Durban 02-09-2017 At long last we got some warmer waters with the temperature gauge showing at 23 deg.C out on the 200m. After a short light rain we were treated to a stunning rainbow over the… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report – Durban –4/6/17

June 04, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 4 June 2017 Stunning weather this morning before the South Westerly came through. Fat Girl was out deep on a short 5hr trip early this morning. Water is still over 23deg.C, I was… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 27/5

May 27, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 27 May 2017 Saturday was cool weather and started out as a really stunning day and was stunning for most of the day with only a stiff wind that picked up later in… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 19/20

May 20, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 19/20 May 2017 Offshore waters are still nice and warm at 23.8deg.C and the weather has been superb, we had some short morning charters on both days and after some early Tuna and… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report – Durban

May 17, 2017

Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 17 May 2017 After all these heavy rains it was great to have sunshine again, we were expecting the water to be filthy but deeper out it was clean and the temperature was… Read Full Report →


Fishing Report – Durban – 5 May 2017

May 05, 2017

Stunning conditions, but the water was green and water temps averaging 23.6deg.C, before heading out to the deep there was a stop for live bait and then these were deployed inshore and some nice Couta (King Mackerel) were landed.… Read Full Report →


Fishing Report – Durban – 25-30 April

April 29, 2017

A busy long weekend and lots of trips. We had great weather on most days. On average the water temps were around 23.6deg.C, green inshore but nice and blue out in the deep. A fair amount of Yellowfin Tuna… Read Full Report →


Fishing Report – Durban – 22-04-2017

April 22, 2017

The guys from Nissan in PMB booked an afternoon backline trip with us on Saturday, along with Mackerel and Shad some nice bottoms were also caught along with a nice Rockod. The water was warm and over 24deg.C and… Read Full Report →


Jozini Tiger Fishing Report - 22 April

April 22, 2017

We had guests from the UK and were really blessed with some stunning weather. We started out at 06h00 in the morning and were greeted by a large group of hippos on the water about 100m after we launched.… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 16-04

April 16, 2017

Easter weekend brought us a cold front and some strong SW winds and so we were only able to do one of our trips. Inshore waters are now at 22 deg.C and deeper out just over 23 deg.C so… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 11-04

April 11, 2017

We had some guests from Sweden today, sea conditions were great, water reasonably clear but the temperature is slowly dropping with today at 23.3deg.C. The wind has turned again and coming from the SW but it was a very… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report – Durban – 09-04

April 09, 2017

With it being school holidays we have had many children along on our charters and today was no exception. I always love the pure joy that oozes out of them when they catch a fish, it’s contagious and one… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report – Durban

April 08, 2017

With our deckhand getting robbed on his way to work this morning we left later than planned, shame poor guy had his whole week’s wages stolen, very sad. So departing at 06h30 we decided to give our customers an… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report Durban - 05/04/2

April 05, 2017

A short trip inshore for some young boys proved to be great fun on light spinning tackle and a great day out, sea conditions were Ok but the current was screaming and sinkers ice cold at the end of… Read Full Report →


Jozini Tiger Fishing Report 31Mar-3Apr

March 31, 2017

We arrived at Pongola Game Reserve on the afternoon of 30th March booked in at Nkwazi Lodge. The plan was to target Tiger Fish spinning with artificial lures. The water levels are still low, but better than my previous… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report Durban

March 25, 2017

Saturday was overcast and raining and we had 4 guests from up country as this trip was part of a bachelors party weekend, they were happy to go fishing in the rain when we gave them an option to… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report - Durban

March 24, 2017

Another Game fish Grand Slam on Fat Girl to the delight our mix of guests from Belgium, France and Holland. With an early launch for a 5hr charter and were able to get some good fishing in before the… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report Durban

March 20, 2017

It was a stunning weather today with nice calm seas, we took a father and son along with some of his buddies out for a birthday treat with a 5hr inshore/mini deep sea charter. Water was clear and 25… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report - Durban

January 10, 2017

Game Fish Grand Slam and our first Billfish for 2017 We had a 6hr trip for today and decided to do it in the afternoon as the wind was blowing strong in the morning and so the boat launched… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT DURBAN 22-11-201

November 22, 2016

We got going just after 06h00, itbwas overcast and a moderate SW wind was blowing, the sea was better than I expected and water temps averaged 21.7deg.C, we decided to stay shallow and head up the coast. Just a… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT DURBAN 20-11-201

November 20, 2016

After several months of bad health and then an accident busting up my leg and hand I fInally got out on the water again after almost 4 months. It was great to get my veins filled with Saltwater, even… Read Full Report →


Offshore Fishing Report - Durban

August 01, 2016

Offshore Fishing Report This winter has been very cold, I dont remember going out dressed with so many layers for so many trips. Or maybe I am just getting older and can't take the cold like I used to.… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

April 11, 2015

We launched into lovely conditions, but the water was green and colder than it has been for a while, we trolled some Rapala's for about 22km heading North and only found good clean water after 70m in front of… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

April 08, 2015

What a hectic day, we launched at 06h00 for an 8hr Game Fishing Charter and the conditions were great, water clean and warm but cooler than it was on my last 2 trips. I started out using 50lb tackle… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

April 04, 2015

After some quiet fishing the past week the last 2 days was a remarkable difference with loads of Wahoo Action, On Friday I went out with my Family and my Mrs got her first Wahoo and her second and… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

March 29, 2015

The last week saw us out 4 times, its been extremely frustrating as the fishing has been difficult. I can't blame it on the conditions as the conditions awesome, water has been warm and crystal clear, full of bait… Read Full Report →


MARLIN REPORT - Durban - 20 March 2015

March 20, 2015

We went 1-1 with a Blue Marlin and 0-1 with a Black Marlin. Frans and Coby from Namibia joined me along with 2 of their friends for 5 days of fishing for Frans to catch the Marlin that he… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

March 07, 2015

We had a short charter this morning for a few hours, sea conditions were great with flat seas, the water was cold and sitting just above and below 23deg.C. We trolled for about 2.5hrs and had 4 good hook… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

March 01, 2015

Wow its already March, this year is flying. Went out fishing with my family today for a few hours with a late launch. Conditions were gorgeous with flat seas, clear warm blue water. Am proud of my boy Jesse… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

February 13, 2015

OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban - 13th February 2015 With a stiff NE wind and a strong N-S current making for choppy seas we made our way out of port just as the sun was popping it's head over… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

February 07, 2015

When I went to bed last night I was thinking that fishing today would be similar to yesterday, and then late last night we had a hectic storm with very heavy rain, the thunder was so hard the windows… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

February 06, 2015

What a fantastic day today, water inshore was crystal clear, just under 24deg.C, bait fish were everywhere and going wild. We launched at 05h00 and were back at 10h00. We could do nothing wrong today, the Yellowfin Tuna were… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

January 30, 2015

We launched at 05h00 today to look for a Marlin, within a few miles we hit some heavy rain and decided to push through and after a getting soaked we got to the other side of the weather with… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE MARLIN REPORT - Durban

January 18, 2015

We launched at 04h00 on Saturday and started making our way out deep looking for warm clean water as closer in it was not nice, at about 450m depth I decided to change tactics and direction as the further… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

January 07, 2015

We launched at 06h00 into a stunning sea with flat calm overcast conditions, a light SE wind and warm clear water with lots of life. By 07h15 we already had 2 Dorado on board and our day ended with… Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE FISHING REPORT - Durban

December 27, 2014

A good day Dorado Hunting. 3 Bulls and 3 Queens. Read Full Report →


OFFSHORE SPEARFISH REPORT - Durban

December 21, 2014

South Africa and All Africa - All Tackle Record (Unofficial) I was very hesitant to make this post with all the "critics" out there with big mouths and nasty words, but have decided to go ahead with this post… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.80 out of 5 stars from 27 reviews

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Centurion, Gauteng
Went fishing on Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mike and his deckhand Kurt were extremely professional. It was the first time out to sea for most of our group and we all had a great time and look forward to coming back again. We left the bay at 6am to fish the backline but with the dredger busy in that area Mike knew it would be better to head further out to deeper water where we could secure some better fish. We picked up a lot of sand soldier which eventually became a nuisance so Mike moved us along to a better spot where we were rid of the peckers. I personally managed a good size rockcod, a personal best fish and a great fight on the light spinning gear we were using. Other good eating fish of size were a copper bream, englishman and slinger. We also got a few undersize fish off the reef which were released and lots of trigger fish, banana fish, lizard fish and other by catch which was some fun to reel in but unfortunately didn’t alllow us to keep our bait in the water for longer to give the bigger fish a chance to eat. Unfortunately despite the great conditions the bigger fish were just not interested in taking a chomp. All in all a great time and an excellent trip with excellent guidance by the crew, I highly recommend a trip with Mike and look forward to heading out with him again.

Fished May 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Well done on your new personal best and thank you for the review. I will you well with your new venture

Pretoria, Gauteng
Went fishing on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

We enjoyed the trip although we expected more for the price. I must admit that I did not ask enough questions about the trip and what to expect.
Mike helped us with a booking in a short time and his response was very quick.
The skipper for the day was very friendly and helpful and made sure that we catch some fish.

Fished April 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

You booked a light tackle backline trip, one of our lowest price trips, not a deep sea or even an inshore trip and generally we target Shad and Mackerel on these trips, we offer a wide variety of trips from harbour fishing right through to deep sea and marlin fishing and our pricelist gives a fair description of each trip.
You were fortunate enough to catch some nice size Sharks, the one was the biggest and best fish ever caught in your sons life which was an even greater accomplishment due to the light tackle it was caught on, this is something that usually does not happen on these trips. I had thought that the trip description explained enough on our pricelist about the trip and I will relook at this to ensure that it is clear.
Thank you very much for your review and once again well done on your sons Shark on the light spinning tackle.


Midrand, Gauteng
Went fishing on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

My family from NZ and UK were in SA for a 2 week trip, bit of beach, sun and Kruger to show them this beautiful country. One of the bucket list items was a bit of game fishing, as although they are keen fishermen, they have not done this before, so something a bit different.
After a bit of research on line, found Blue Water Charters. Good reviews on a number of sites so gave Mike (the skipper) a call to set it up as we needed a harbour cruise first, drop off my Mum back to shore, then head out to sea for the fishing. No problem with tailor made package to suit the charter needs.
We joined the boat in the morning, and met Mike and Kurt, his deckhand. It was a very calm day, little swell and zero chop. The harbour cruise was relaxed, with both Mike and Kurt imparting a lot of local knowledge about Durban, fishing and we got to see some dolphins cruising along side. After an hour we stopped back at the jetty and dropped of Mum, after which we continued out to sea. Straight out the harbour Mike and Kurt set the lines, 9 of them in a pattern ..and off we go. I think the trawl speed was up a bit due to the flat seas, to try and get an aggressive pattern going? After a few hours we got a hook up, where Mike coached my niece in trying to land it. However it shook the hook just before we could bring it on board. Still an experience for an 8 year old sitting in a game chair though! Despite the best efforts of Mike we didn’t get any action until the last hour as we were heading home, double hook up! The crew cleared the remaining lines, and after some serious hard work, they both landed Dorado’s, one of them just under 12kg. By this time we should have been back in port and I expected Mike to keep the lines in and head home. But he put the lines back out and turned back towards the hook up area, and then it was my turn to land one. Now it was time to head back in. Kurt kindly filleted the fish for us and bagged it up after we were tied up again. Really enjoyable trip with a skipper who has a passion for it and understands it’s all about the experience, who went the extra mile, and Kurt, who is super chilled and really enjoys making it a great day for you. And for those who fish, we had zero gear failures, no busted tackle or knots failing, and the rods and reels are in really good condition. Great day out, one of the highlights of the holiday, and I will def be booking with Mike again in the future.

Fished April 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thanks Leigh for the review. You had such stunning conditions that day and I am pleased the extra hour or so we stayed out made the difference and got you guys into some good fish. Hope to see you soon. Mike

Accra, Greater Accra Region
Went fishing on Friday, April 13, 2018

An absolutely fantastic day. The boat is spacious, cabin, toilet. At certain times we had 9 rods in the water. The tackle is top class ad we caught a 3.5kg and 15kg yellow fin plus a 12kg Wahoo.

Fished April 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 15, 2018

You had a great trip, am so pleased you enjoyed it. See you in September.
Thank you for the review.
Mike


Johannesburg, Gauteng
Went fishing on Thursday, March 29, 2018

I have been fortunate enough to be fishing with Mike on numerous occasions over the last 10 years. These trips have ranged from fishing the backline of Durban to 10HR deep sea game fishing trips. Mike and crew comes highly recommended. Equipment is always extremely good.

Fished March 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 5, 2018

It is always great going fishing with you. Thank you for the review


Ohrigstad, lp
Went fishing on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Fished April 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Am pleased you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for the review

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Went fishing on Saturday, March 31, 2018

Fished March 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It was great taking you fishing with your father and son, your son had a blast and caught so much fish. It always makes me happy to see the little ones enjoy themselves. Thank you for review and hope to see you soon. Mike


Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Went fishing on Sunday, February 25, 2018

Excellent day out fishing with Mike

Fished February 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 26, 2018

Thank you for the review, you had a great day out. Hope to see you guys again soon

Cape Town, Western Cape
Went fishing on Saturday, March 17, 2018

This outing was booked by my dear wife as a surprise 40th Birthday gift. She told me that before she decided on the Blue Water Charters she had called other charters in the Durban area, but what stood out to her was Mike’s kind manner and professionalism. I was to find out that this was an outstanding decision. After I was presented with my gift I began communicating with Mike on WhatsApp and I found him to be extremely accommodating and friendly as he answered my numerous questions patiently and honestly. My group, although with many years shore angling experience, had almost no deep-sea encounter and even though we were excited we had many reservations. However, Mike, with his experience and good humour, put our fears to rest. Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to meet Mike as the night before he told me that Erik would be skippering us the next day.

The Big Day arrived and Skipper, Erik and Deck Hand, Kurt were ready to greet us at 5:30 am even though we were set to move out at 6:00. We immediately hit it off with the duo and found them to be both knowledgeable and friendly. After about and hour and a half into our trip the first reel was running and I was tasked with landing the first fish of the day. As this was my first experience I was expertly guided by Kurt and the Skipper.  That Skipjack Tuna was a joy to all of us. While I was ‘on’ two other mates were on too and in an instant, we had 3 tunas on board. Not long after another three reels were running simultaneously. Another three mates grabbed the rods and two more Skipjacks was landed. To be honest, if the trip ended at that stage we would all have been happy…but the best was yet to come.

The whole morning Kurt told us that the water looked good for Dorado and every now and then he spoke to the sea beckoning the Dorado. As we did not have any experience about the fish we wondered what all the fuss was about? We were soon to find out!!! About 3 hours into the trip our relaxed banter was interrupted by a shout from Kurt; “DORADO ON!” A look into the Ocean presented us with the amazing sight of this beautiful ray-finned fish leaping out of the water. Before we could decide who was going to grab the rod another reel was running and then astonishingly a third reel peeled off. THREE Dorado were ‘on’ at the same time!!! With our lack of experience this proved a near impossible task. However, after numerous inter-changing of the guys manning the rods, and the excellent coaching of Erik and Kurt, fifteen minutes later we had all three fish on board. We now understood what all the fuss about the Dorado was! As if the day couldn’t get any more perfect we caught our breath to a large pod of Dolphins accompanying us for a short period. Later we caught more Skipjack and I would estimate, lost about 5. Still amazingly as we headed back to port this boat of amateur first-time fisherman carried 9 Skipjack Tuna and 3 Dorado onboard.

This was truly an experience of a lifetime for me and my mates. More than the fishing, the professionalism, efficiency and good humour of Erik and Kurt made this trip the ultimate experience. Sailing into the harbour hoisting our Dorado and Tuna flags filled me with immense pride. It is a day I was never forget. The guys at Blue Water Charters are remarkable and I think, more than all their other great qualities, it was their ability to be genuine that stood out the most. Every member of my group and I would gladly recommend them to anyone looking to head off for a deep-sea fishing expedition. Perhaps the best compliment I could pay to Mike and his to team would be to say: “Even if we did not catch a single fish on the trip, this would still have been one of the most memorable days in my life” Thank you Blue Water Charters.

Moses Govender.

Fished March 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What a perfect 40th Birthday trip you had. Great fishing hope to see soon. Thank you so much for such a detailed review Moses.
Mike

Sweden
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I had the opportunity to go deep sea fishing with Blue Water Charters this past week. It was my first time fishing in South Africa and I went on a 10Hr day trip for an attempt at Marlin and other Deep Sea gamefish. The “Fat Girl” boat is well maintained, and the on board equipment for the boat is nice, the tackle is also good. I wasn’t able to get to know Mike very well, as he was sick the day of the trip and couldn’t attend with us, but he still made the time in the morning to stop by and see us off which was nice. He is good with communication and helpful in that regard. The crew remaining, Erik and Kurt, were very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. During the trip we managed to land several of the relatively smaller gamefish (Wahoo,Dorado, and Skipjack), compared to billfish, and ended up losing a few fish. We weren’t able to see a Marlin but I still had a lot fun on the trip. Hopefully I will be able to come back again and get another attempt in. I would recommend the charter to anyone whether they be a novice or an experienced angler.

Fished March 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, March 16, 2018

Thank you for the review Richard, am pleased that you had a great trip. Usually I always go along on the long trips but the flu had me stuck down, Was great to meet you in the morning before you went off on your trip. It will be awesome to take you again next time you here in SA

Pretoria, Gauteng
Went fishing on Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fished March 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thank you for the review, well done on your Marlin

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Went fishing on Friday, March 9, 2018

Great half day out at sea with customers. It was a 1st time experience for all and we got 12 fish in total! Highly recomended as these guys know what they doing

Fished March 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, March 10, 2018

Thanks Pieter for the review. Am glad you guys had so much fun

South Africa
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I had a great experience with Mike fishing for bass on Inanda Dam. I found Mike to be very professional and helpful in all areas. He went out of his way for me in all areas. He recommended a great place to stay near by the fishing area and picked me up there both days. After the second day I changed to a different place to stay and he gave me a ride there ensuring my safety. Mike taught me a lot about fishing and was great in all aspects. I am a very very satisfied customer and would recommend booking with Mike to anybody.

Fished February 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, February 16, 2018

Wow. Thanks so much for the review Craig.
Am looking forward to our next adventure hunting Tiger Fish

Austria
Went fishing on Saturday, February 3, 2018

Everything went perfect during our trip with Blue Water Chater. Mike stayed in contact with us from time to time. The staff tried very hard to find some fishes, what was worth it at the end of the day. We will recommend Blue Water Chater to everybody.

Fished February 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, February 10, 2018

It was a wonderful trip with some good fish and some good laughs, it will be great to see you again next time you visit our beautiful country. Thank you so much for the review


United Kingdom
Went fishing on Friday, February 2, 2018

Great boat perfect size for the sea and conditions. Three man crew who were very helpful and worked hard to make sure that we had a great time. Caught some fish and hooked into a marlin but lost it, that’s fishing. Easy to book great communication with mike who runs the show. Looking forward bro doing it again!

Fished February 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, February 9, 2018

Thank you for the review Kevin. It was great taking you fishing, watching your father catch that fish was a great experience for me. Pity about that lost Marlin.
Will be great to see you again next time.


Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
Went fishing on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thanks Mike and Crew me and my friend had a graet experience
Blue Water Charters - The Best, will come back next time

Fished January 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, January 27, 2018

Thank you for the Review, You had an awesome day that day, I wish all days would go so well because sometimes it can be very hard with difficult conditions and we struggle to get good fish and not easy like you had it, we even have days when we don’t get fish, conditions play a big part in success You fought your Marlin well Henk and now have a Marlin ticked off your bucket list. Well done.
See you in April.


Pretoria, Gauteng
Went fishing on Friday, January 5, 2018

It was a fantastic experience for a first time. 
The Harbour was very interesting, but also disappointing as there is so much rubbish floating around.  The Harbour should employee people to keep it clean.
Out to sea was amazing, my nerves however did kick in with one specific wave….lucky nothing happened.  It is better going with the waves than going into the waves. I would love to experience a deep sea fishing trip, but not sure if I will get sea sick or scared of the waves ahahahaha.  Thank you to all.

Fished January 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hi Gina, am so glad you had a great time.
Mike

Krugersdorp, Gauteng
Went fishing on Saturday, January 6, 2018

Fished January 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thank you for the review, you had a really great trip and I am so glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you soon.

Johannesburg, Gauteng
Went fishing on Monday, January 8, 2018

Very enjoyable morning out

Fished January 2018

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Took a while to get you onto a fish Keith, but in the last moments you got a nice Wahoo.
Hope it was a great birthday present and that we see you again soon.

South Africa
Went fishing on Monday, December 11, 2017

What a great experience we had with Mike from Blue Water Charters! I can recommend his charter company to anybody. Will definitely make use of his services again in the future!

Fished December 2017

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thank you for the review Francois. You had a great run with that Dorado. See you next year :)


Johannesburg, Gauteng
Went fishing on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fished November 2017

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, December 1, 2017

Loved taking the kids fishing, it’s always great with kids on the boat. Glad you had so much fun too.

New Zealand
Went fishing on Saturday, October 8, 2016

Skipper Mike is very knowledgeable and accommodating. His equipment is top class and well kept.
I have had numerous trips on Fat Girl over the years and have caught Dorado, Tuna, Cuda, Wahoo, Bonnies, Sharks, Sailfish and even a baby marlin on a yozuri rig while catching livebait.
My first trip with Mike was back in 2010 and he is always my go-to when I am in South Africa.

The funnest trip we had was fishing light tackle (bass outfits) trolling for 5kg YF Tuna and having epic battles on the baitcasters.

Fished October 2016

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thanks Tim, next time you in SA we must do a trip again. I still got the light tackle bass out fits that we used for those Tuna, I just put them on Nawty Girl a week ago along with some light spinning/jigging equipment and they ready for some more epic battles.

Kenya
Went fishing on Friday, November 17, 2017

Boat & tackle, excellent
Skipper very helpful & experienced
Communication excellent
Highly recommend Blue Water Charters Durban KZN
Fished November 2017

Fished November 2017

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thanks Phillip, see you soon.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Went fishing on Sunday, November 26, 2017

Fished November 2017

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanks for the review. Was great taking you fishing with your family

Henley on Thames, England
Went fishing on Saturday, April 22, 2017

We had an amazing time with Mike. The fishing was great and the tigerfish live up to their fighting reputation. Caught a couple of biggies too.
We had a day’s fishing on Lake Jozini with a break for lunch back at the lodge. What we hadn’t really thought about was that this was a game reserve so we had the benefit of seeing loads of different animals as well as go fishing. Best of both worlds. Whilst fishing we saw hippos, giraffes, zebras, white rhinos. All from the boat on the lake and it’s so quiet and hardly anyone else around so you have the fishing and the animals almost to yourselves.

Fished April 2017

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanks Mike from Mike :) Was awesome taking you and your wife to one of my most favourite places. Season is coming will let you know when the Tuna arrive.

Johannesburg, Gauteng
Went fishing on Monday, March 20, 2017

Had a fantastic time on the boat, professional crew helped my two young boys both land ffish, a 9kg dorado and some reef fish.

Fished March 2017

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Awesome, thank you for the review, that was your second trip with us hope to see you again soon


Johannesburg, Gauteng
Went fishing on Saturday, August 26, 2017

was awesome friendly crew always willing to help and we caught fish

Fished August 2017

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Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Am so pleased that you enjoyed the trip. Thank you for the review