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
    Offshore Marlin/Game Fishing 12hrs
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,070
    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. , Dorado (Mahi), Wahoo, Tuna are regular catches on these trips. We provide Shimano 80lb Tiagra ackle and help from crew
  • Private trip
    Offshore Marlin/Game Fishing 10hrs
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $936
    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. Dorado (Mahi), Wahoo, Tuna are regular catches on these trips. We provide Shimano 80lb Tiagra ackle and help from crew.
  • Private trip
    Deep Sea Game/Tuna/Reef Fishing 10h
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $869
    On this trip you can target Game Fish or Reef fish or a mix of both. In summer (Nov-April) trolling for game fish like Dorado (Mahi), Tuna, Bonito, Wahoo and Sailfish is the best choice, the chance of a Marlin is always a possibility whilst trolling. In the winter (May-Oct) a mix of trolling for Tuna, Bonito and Bottom fishing for reef fish is the best choice. Reef fishing is generally good all year round. All tackle and bait is provided with help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    Deep Sea Game/Tuna/Reef Fishing 8hr
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $736
    On this trip you can target Game Fish or Reef fish or a mix of both. In summer (Nov-April) trolling for game fish like Dorado (Mahi), Tuna, Bonito, Wahoo and Sailfish is the best choice, the chance of a Marlin is always a possibility whilst trolling. In the winter (May-Oct) a mix of trolling for Tuna, Bonito and Bottom fishing for reef fish is the best choice. Reef fishing is generally good all year round. All tackle and bait is provided with help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    Deep Sea Game/Tuna/Reef Fishing 5hr
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $602
    On this trip you can target Game Fish or Reef fish or a mix of both. In summer (Nov-April) trolling for game fish like Dorado (Mahi), Tuna, Bonito, Wahoo and Sailfish is the best choice, the chance of a Marlin is always a possibility whilst trolling. In the winter (May-Oct) a mix of trolling for Tuna, Bonito and Bottom fishing for reef fish is the best choice. Reef fishing is generally good all year round. All tackle and bait is provided with help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    Mid Deep Sea Fishing 5hrs
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $535
    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
    Inshore Fishing/Deep Backline 5hrs
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $468
    This is a fun trip for beginners, families with children and groups looking for a fun day out. A light tackle trip targeting the wide variety of smaller reef fish and game fish species as per season on an inshore reef area known as No. 1 or south of the harbour towards the Bluff, 3-7km from the harbour. Fishing will be trolling or bottom fishing or a mix of both depending on season and conditions as you prefer. All tackle and bait is provided with help from the crew
  • Private trip
    Backline/Harbour Fishing 5hrs (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $368
    This is a light tackle trip backline in the sheltered waters just outside the harbour in front of uShaka or in the sheltered waters of the harbour, it is a great trip for those who enjoy fishing but don't want to go far out to sea. In general this is targeting smaller species of fish like shad and mackerel on the backline and harbour species as per season. All tackle and bait is provided.
  • Private trip
    Backline/Harbour Fishing 5hrs (Eve)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $368
    This is a light tackle trip backline in the sheltered waters just outside the harbour in front of uShaka or in the sheltered waters of the harbour, it is a great trip for those who enjoy fishing but don't want to go far out to sea. In general this is targeting smaller species of fish like shad and mackerel on the backline and harbour species as per season. All tackle and bait is provided.
  • Private trip
    Backline/Harbour Fishing 5hrs (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $368
    This is a light tackle trip backline in the sheltered waters just outside the harbour in front of uShaka or in the sheltered waters of the harbour, it is a great trip for those who enjoy fishing but don't want to go far out to sea. In general this is targeting smaller species of fish like shad and mackerel on the backline and harbour species as per season. All tackle and bait is provided.
  • Private trip
    Family/Kids – Backline/Harbour 3hrs
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $301
    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 in the sheltered area in front of Ushaka or inside the sheltered waters of harbour targeting smaller fish species as per season. All tackle and bait is provided along with help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    Family/Kids – Backline/Harbour(Eve)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $301
    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 in the sheltered area in front of Ushaka or inside the sheltered waters of harbour targeting smaller fish species as per season. All tackle and bait is provided along with help from the crew.
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About the Captain

Mike Laubscher
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
162 Fishing Reports
70 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since December 2013
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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Targeted Species

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

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

Trevally (Giant) Trevally (Giant)
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo 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
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
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

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Special 5 hours trip for Abdur Rahman Moosa on July 4, 2021
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Inland harbor 5 hours

VERIFIED   Backline/Harbour Fishing 5hrs (AM) on October 24, 2020
Knowledgeable, professional, great conversation and relaxing trip. Will definitely do again.
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December fishing trip

VERIFIED   Deep Sea Game/Tuna/Reef Fishing 5hr on December 14, 2020
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Captain Mike and Colleagues!

12hr Marlin/Big Game Trip on 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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December fishing trip

VERIFIED   Inshore Fishing/Deep Backline 5hrs on December 26, 2020
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FAQs about Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl

Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl offers the following trips to customers:
  • ZAR 4,500 per group - Family/Kids – Backline/Harbour 3hrs (3 hours)
  • ZAR 4,500 per group - Family/Kids – Backline/Harbour(Eve) (3 hours)
  • ZAR 5,500 per group - Backline/Harbour Fishing 5hrs (Eve) (5 hours)
  • ZAR 5,500 per group - Backline/Harbour Fishing 5hrs (AM) (5 hours)
  • ZAR 5,500 per group - Backline/Harbour Fishing 5hrs (PM) (5 hours)
  • ZAR 7,000 per group - Inshore Fishing/Deep Backline 5hrs (5 hours)
  • ZAR 8,000 per group - Mid Deep Sea Fishing 5hrs (5 hours)
  • ZAR 9,000 per group - Deep Sea Game/Tuna/Reef Fishing 5hr (5 hours)
  • ZAR 11,000 per group - Deep Sea Game/Tuna/Reef Fishing 8hr (8 hours)
  • ZAR 13,000 per group - Deep Sea Game/Tuna/Reef Fishing 10h (10 hours)
  • ZAR 14,000 per group - Offshore Marlin/Game Fishing 10hrs (10 hours)
  • ZAR 16,000 per group - Offshore Marlin/Game Fishing 12hrs (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS (Furuno TZ Touch)
  • Fishfinder (Furuno TZ Touch with commercial transducer)
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Optional (R350per person))
  • Drinks (Optional (R350per person))
  • First Mate
  • Lunch (Optional (R350per person))
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (6wt, 9wt and 12wt)

Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Sailfish
  • Spearfish (Shortbill)
  • Trevally (Giant)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo