Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl

Blue Water Charters offers a variety of fishing trips out of Durban, South Africa. They are specialists in Marlin and big game fishing and have the highest catch rates in Durban.

Here, you can catch the likes of Tuna, Marlin, Trevally, Yellowtail, Mackerel, and much more. To get them, you will need an experienced crew by your side. Luckily, Blue Water Charters are fit to fish for game fish. They will assist you whichever the package you book.

Mike is the owner and a fisherman himself. He has penned articles in numerous fishing magazines and knows the local waters. Your regular skipper, Eric, is also skillful and knowledgeable. Both of them know how to go about hefty fish. Blue Water Charters are pros at going after Marlin and other big game fish, being one of the charters with the highest catch rates in Durban! The boat is fully equipped to go after the sea-spraying prestigious monster Marlin – fighting chairs, high-quality equipment and, true fisherman’s spirit are all there to help you get that dream catch.

To ensure a customized experience, the crew offers a variety of packages. They will accommodate you aboard their 34’ Silvertson Sport Fisher, named Fat Girl. The vessel features a 12’ beam, has a cabin with a lounge area, a galley, a hand wash basin, and a flush toilet. The boat is powered by two 250 HP Yamaha 4 stroke engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Once onboard, you will find a spacious aft deck with padded gunnels and a fighting chair. There is a large foredeck and flybridge. The boat is rigged with Garmin GPS, and Furuno Sonar, a good sound system, and it has outriggers and downriggers. Simply put, it’s made for fishing. Whether it’s deep seas, inshore, reefs, vertical jigging, spinning or fishing on the fly, they’ve got you covered.

You will get top-notch tackle by Shimano Tiagra. Take out a fishing license in one of the tackle shops. Food and drinks are available at an extra cost.  Hop on and let Blue Water Charters take you out!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    15hrs Offshore Marlin/Game Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    15 hours trip, starts at 4:00 AM
    $1,458
    up to 8 persons
    Our specialty trip, the trips we live for. Here we go far offshore into the deep on a long range trolling trip in search of Marlin and Big Tuna. There are 3 species of Marlin found in our waters, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin and depending on the conditions of the day will determine which species we will hunt for. Marlin are fast and powerful predators and this fishing is not for the feint hearted and requires strength and endurance. We provide Shimano 80lb Tiagra tackle and help from crew
  • Private trip
    12hrs Offshore Marlin/Game Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 May
    $1,181
    up to 8 persons
    Our specialty trip, the trips we live for. Here we go far offshore into the deep on a long range trolling trip in search of Marlin and Big Tuna. There are 3 species of Marlin found in our waters, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin and depending on the conditions of the day will determine which species we will hunt for. Marlin are fast and powerful predators and this fishing is not for the feint hearted and requires strength and endurance. We provide Shimano 80lb Tiagra tackle and help from crew
  • Private trip
    10hrs Deep Sea Game/Reef Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $938
    up to 8 persons
    On this trip we offer Game Fishing and Reef Fishing. In the summer one can expect Game Fish like Dorado (Mahi), Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito and Sailfish, and in the winter Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito and Sailfish. Reef Fishing is good all year round with a wide variety of species. You can choose the trip as Game fishing only or a combination of Game and Reef fishing. Please choose your options in advance. All tackle and bait are provided with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    8hrs Deep Sea Game/Reef Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $799
    up to 8 persons
    On this trip we offer Game Fishing and Reef Fishing. In the summer one can expect Game Fish like Dorado (Mahi), Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito and Sailfish, and in the winter Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito and Sailfish. Reef Fishing is good all year round with a wide variety of species. You can choose the trip as Game fishing only or a combination of Game and Reef fishing. Please choose your options in advance. All tackle and bait are provided with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    6hrs Deep Sea Game/Reef Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $695
    up to 8 persons
    On this trip we offer Game Fishing and Reef Fishing. In the summer one can expect Game Fish like Dorado (Mahi), Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito and Sailfish, and in the winter Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito and Sailfish. Reef Fishing is good all year round with a wide variety of species. You can choose the trip as Game fishing only or a combination of Game and Reef fishing. Please choose your options in advance. All tackle and bait are provided with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    5hrs Deep Sea Game/Reef Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $625
    up to 8 persons
    On this trip we offer Game Fishing and Reef Fishing. In the summer one can expect Game Fish like Dorado (Mahi), Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito and Sailfish, and in the winter Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito and Sailfish. Reef Fishing is good all year round with a wide variety of species. You can choose the trip as Game fishing only or a combination of Game and Reef fishing. Please choose your options in advance. All tackle and bait are provided with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    5hrs Mid Deep Sea Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $556
    up to 8 persons
    This trip is ideal for beginners and families with children or for groups wanting a fun trip. A mix of trolling and bottom fishing is offered on this trip. We leave port and troll for game fish over the reef areas and then we stop and do bottom fishing. Here you will be fishing in 25-50m depth water 5-10km from shore at areas known as: No.1, Deep No.1 and the Flats. A wide variety of reef fish and game fish can be caught on this trip. All tackle and bait are provided with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    5hrs Inshore Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $521
    up to 8 persons
    Inshore Fishing is fishing close to shore in waters not much deeper than 30m and not much further than 5km from the port. This trip can be offered as a beginners trip, either doing light tackle reef fishing or light tackle trolling for game fish which is great fun. The trip can also be offered as a more advanced trip, trolling dead/strip baits or drifting live baits for larger game fish. Please choose your options in advance. All tackle and bait is provided along with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    5hrs Backline Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $382
    up to 8 persons
    Fun light hearted, light tackle fishing, nothing serious targeting Shad, Mackerel and other small species according to the season. On this trip, we go out the harbour and fish in the sheltered bay in front of uShaka, fishing is done using spinning tackle, bait and sinkers. If the sea makes you quesy then you can choose to go fish inside the harbour. If you want bigger fish, book our Mid Deep, Inshore or Deep Sea trips. All tackle and bait is provided along with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    5hrs Family/Kids Backline Fun
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $382
    up to 8 persons
    Fun light hearted, light tackle fishing, nothing serious specially aimed at kiddies. This is an ideal trip for families with small children or even just moms or dads who want to spend time outdoors with their children or who would like to introduce their kids to fishing. On this trip you will fish outside the harbour in the sheltered bay in front of uShaka targeting small species like Shad, Mackerel and others according to the season. All tackle and bait is provided along with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    5hrs Family/Kids Harbour Fun
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $348
    up to 8 persons
    Fun light hearted, light tackle fishing, nothing serious specially aimed at kiddies. This is an ideal trip for families with small children or even just moms or dads who want to spend time outdoors with their children or who would like to introduce their kids to fishing. On this trip, you will fish inside the sheltered waters of harbour only targeting the various species that dwell in the bay. All tackle and bait is provided along with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    5hrs Harbour Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $348
    up to 8 persons
    This is a light tackle trip targeting various harbour species as per the season, it is a great trip for those who enjoy fishing but don't want to go out to sea. The harbour offers a variety of species and sometime some bigger fish wander in from the sea making for good sport. Grunter, Salmon, Perch, Shad, Small Sharks and other species are the target. This is a slow finesse kind of fishing that requires patience. All tackle and bait is provided along with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    3hrs Family/Kids Backline Fun (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $313
    up to 8 persons
    Fun light hearted, light tackle fishing, nothing serious specially aimed at kiddies. This is an ideal trip for families with small children or even just moms or dads who want to spend time outdoors with their children or who would like to introduce their kids to fishing. On this trip you will fish outside the harbour in the sheltered bay in front of uShaka targeting small species like Shad, Mackerel and others according to the season. All tackle and bait is provided along with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    3hrs Family/Kids Harbour Fun (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $278
    up to 8 persons
    Fun light hearted, light tackle fishing, nothing serious specially aimed at kiddies. This is an ideal trip for families with small children or even just moms or dads who want to spend time outdoors with their children or who would like to introduce their kids to fishing. On this trip, you will fish inside the sheltered waters of harbour only targeting the various species that dwell in the bay. All tackle and bait is provided along with help from the crew
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)
Sailfish
Spearfish (Shortbill)

Trevally (Giant)
Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Silverton (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1979, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha 4 strokes engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
34 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Deep Sea Fishing
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
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Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Mike Laubscher
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Member since December 2013
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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 3 companies and 3 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."
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4.84
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First deep sea fishing experience a great one!
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Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Allan K.
Johannesburg, Gauteng
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Captain Mike and Colleagues!

January 7, 2019
I have been looking for Black Marlin for 40years:- I jest not, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...
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Craig M.
Pretoria, Gauteng
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The sea was rough, turned me inside out. But what a great morning of deep sea fishing! It was the first time for our group...
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Mona P.
Sandton, Gauteng
 5.00
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Great fishing with Mike and the Fat Girl

March 2, 2019
Once the weather was permitting good fishing, we had a great trip with Mike and Coert. They both went the extra mile to make...
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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
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Half day deep sea trip

December 26, 2018
The day out was awesome. Good early start to get us into some serious fish - hit a black marlin an hour into the trip which...
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Fishing with Mike

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