Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl

Wilsons Wharf, 18 Boatmans Roa…
Durban NL, South Africa

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 - Marlin/Tuna/Big Game
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    15 hours trip, starts at 4:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 May
    US$ 1394
    up to 8 persons
    Here we go out fishing far offshore in search of Marlin and Larger Game Fish and Tuna. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. We provide prime rods, reels and tackle and you will get help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    12hrs - Marlin/Tuna/Big Game
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 May
    US$ 1115
    up to 8 persons
    Here we go out fishing far offshore in search of Marlin and Larger Game Fish and Tuna. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. We provide prime rods, reels and tackle and you will get help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    12hrs - Game/Tuna/Deep Sea
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 1010
    up to 8 persons
    Deep Sea Fishing, for Tuna, Game and Bottom Fish as per the season, here we can do trolling for game fish or bottom fishing for reef fish or a bit of both. Shark Fishing is also available on this trip if requested in advance. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    10hrs - Marlin/Tuna/Big Game
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 May
    US$ 975
    up to 8 persons
    Here we go out fishing far offshore in search of Marlin and Larger Game Fish and Tuna. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. We provide prime rods, reels and tackle and you will get help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    10hrs - Game/Tuna/Deep Sea
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 871
    up to 8 persons
    Deep Sea Fishing, for Tuna, Game and Bottom Fish as per the season, here we can do trolling for game fish or bottom fishing for reef fish or a bit of both. Shark Fishing is also available on this trip if requested in advance. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    8hrs - Marlin/Tuna/Big Game
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 May
    US$ 836
    up to 8 persons
    Here we go out fishing far offshore in search of Marlin and Larger Game Fish and Tuna. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. We provide prime rods, reels and tackle and you will get help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    8hrs - Game/Tuna/Deep Sea
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 731
    up to 8 persons
    Deep Sea Fishing, for Tuna, Game and Bottom Fish as per the season, here we can do trolling for game fish or bottom fishing for reef fish or a bit of both. Shark Fishing is also available on this trip if requested in advance. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. Kids Welcome.
  • Private trip
    6hrs - Game/Tuna/Deep Sea (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 627
    up to 8 persons
    Deep Sea Fishing, for Tuna, Game and Bottom Fish as per the season, here we can do trolling for game fish or bottom fishing for reef fish or a bit of both. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. Kids Welcome.
  • Private trip
    6hrs - Game/Tuna/Deep Sea (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 627
    up to 8 persons
    Deep Sea Fishing, for Tuna, Game and Bottom Fish as per the season, here we can do trolling for game fish or bottom fishing for reef fish or a bit of both. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. Kids Welcome.
  • Private trip
    5hrs - Game/Tuna/Deep Sea (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 557
    up to 8 persons
    Deep Sea Fishing, for Tuna, Game and Bottom Fish as per the season. Here, we can do trolling for game fish or bottom fishing for reef fish or a bit of both. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and your valid fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You be supplied with rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. Kids Welcome.
  • Private trip
    5hrs - Game/Tuna/Deep Sea (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 557
    up to 8 persons
    Deep Sea Fishing, for Tuna, Game and Bottom Fish as per the season, here we can do trolling for game fish or bottom fishing for reef fish or a bit of both. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. Kids Welcome.
  • Private trip
    6hrs - Mini Deep Sea/Inshore (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 522
    up to 8 persons
    A fun trip not too far offshore (4-7km) at a reef area known as No.1, this is typically a light tackle trip for fun fishing, ideal for families with small children a wide variety of species can be caught here including game fish. Here we do trolling and bottom fishing depending on the season. Typically we troll out to the reefs and then around them a bit looking for a Tuna or Game Fish and then we stop and do bottom fishing, conditions and season dictate.
  • Private trip
    6hrs - Mini Deep Sea/Inshore (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 522
    up to 8 persons
    A fun trip not too far offshore (4-7km) at a reef area known as No.1, this is typically a light tackle trip for fun fishing, ideal for families with small children a wide variety of species can be caught here including game fish. Here we do trolling and bottom fishing depending on the season. Typically we troll out to the reefs and then around them a bit looking for a Tuna or Game Fish and then we stop and do bottom fishing, conditions and season dictate.
  • Private trip
    5hrs - Mini Deep Sea/Inshore (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 487
    up to 8 persons
    A fun trip not too far offshore (4-7km) at a reef area known as No.1, this is typically a light tackle trip for fun fishing, ideal for families with small children a wide variety of species can be caught here including game fish. Here we do trolling and bottom fishing depending on the season. Typically we troll out to the reefs and then around them a bit looking for a Tuna or Game Fish and then we stop and do bottom fishing, conditions and season dictate.
  • Private trip
    5hrs - Mini Deep Sea/Inshore (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 487
    up to 8 persons
    A fun trip not too far offshore (4-7km) at a reef area known as No.1, this is typically a light tackle trip for fun fishing, ideal for families with small children a wide variety of species can be caught here including game fish. Here we do trolling and bottom fishing depending on the season. Typically we troll out to the reefs and then around them a bit looking for a Tuna or Game Fish and then we stop and do bottom fishing, conditions and season dictate.
  • Private trip
    4hrs - Mini Deep Sea/Inshore (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 453
    up to 8 persons
    A fun trip not too far offshore (4-7km) at a reef area known as No.1, this is typically a light tackle trip for fun fishing, ideal for families with small children a wide variety of species can be caught here including game fish. Here we do trolling and bottom fishing depending on the season. Typically we troll out to the reefs and then around them a bit looking for a Tuna or Game Fish and then we stop and do bottom fishing, conditions and season dictate.
  • Private trip
    4hrs - Mini Deep Sea/Inshore (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 453
    up to 8 persons
    A fun trip not too far offshore (4-7km) at a reef area known as No.1, this is typically a light tackle trip for fun fishing, ideal for families with small children a wide variety of species can be caught here including game fish. Here we do trolling and bottom fishing depending on the season. Typically we troll out to the reefs and then around them a bit looking for a Tuna or Game Fish and then we stop and do bottom fishing, conditions and season dictate.
  • Private trip
    5hrs Backline Fishing (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 348
    up to 8 persons
    This is a light tackle trip targeting various inshore species like Shad, Mackerel, and other small fish as per the season. On this trip, we fish the sheltered bay just beyond the harbor, known as "backline fishing." If the sea makes you queasy then you can choose to go fish inside the harbour. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. Kids Welcome.
  • Private trip
    5hrs Backline Fishing (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 348
    up to 8 persons
    This is a light tackle trip targeting various inshore species as per the season. Target fish include Shad, Mackerel, and other small species. On this trip, we go out the harbour and fish in front of uShaka. If the sea makes you queasy then you can choose to go fish inside the harbour. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. Kids Welcome
  • Private trip
    4hrs Backline Fishing (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 313
    up to 8 persons
    Fun light hearted fishing, nothing serious. Backline fishing is ideal for families with small children, targeting small fish like Shad and Mackerel in a sheltered bay just outside the harbour. The trip can also be used for a few friends just to relax together. If the sea makes you queasy then you can choose to go fish inside the harbour. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    5hrs Harbor Fishing (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 313
    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 sometimes some bigger fish wander in from the sea making for good sport. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. Kids Welcome.
  • Private trip
    5hrs Harbour Fishing (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 313
    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 sometimes some bigger fish wander in from the sea making for good sport. Pack sunblock, cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. Kids Welcome.
  • Private trip
    3hrs Backline Fishing (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 278
    up to 8 persons
    Fun light hearted fishing, nothing serious. This is an ideal trip for families with small children. The trip can also be used for a few friends just to relax together. On this trip, we go out of the harbour and fish inside of a sheltered bay for Mackerel, Shad, and other small species. If the sea makes you queasy then you can choose to go fish inside the harbour. You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew.
  • Private trip
    4hrs Harbor Fishing (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 278
    up to 8 persons
    Fun light hearted fishing, nothing serious. 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. The trip can also be used for a few friends just to relax together. On this trip, you will fish inside the harbour only. Pack sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the trip! You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. We love kids.
  • Private trip
    3hrs Harbor Fishing (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 243
    up to 8 persons
    Fun light hearted fishing, nothing serious. 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. The trip can also be used for a few friends just to relax together. On this trip, you will fish inside the harbour only. Pack sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, camera and fishing license. Bring along some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy the ride! You will get rods, reels, bait and tackle along with help from the crew. We love kids.
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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
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. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
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

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 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."
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Customer Reviews

4.81 out of 5 stars from 23 reviews

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Fished July 15, 2018
Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 16, 2018

Thank you Benny. We tried really hard in very difficult conditions today and only got a few fish for you. I did not expect such a review.

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Fished July 1, 2018
Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 2, 2018

It was a very cold morning for your trip. Thank you for your review.

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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 5, 2018
Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 8, 2018

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

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Fishing Reports

Marlin Food is Here

September 23, 2018

Marlin Food is here. Fishing Report – Durban – 23 September 2018 Stunning conditions today but the water was cold, inshore was green water. We made our way out to some reefs and did some bottom fishing getting some… Read Full Report →


Tuna, Tuna, Tuna, Fat Girl wins again.

September 13, 2018

Tuna, Tuna, Tuna, Fat Girl wins again. Fishing Report – Durban – 14 September 2018 We launched at 2.30pm in the afternoon for a short fun trip and were back on the dock by 6.00pm. It was one of… Read Full Report →