Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl

Durban NL, South Africa - Show map

Blue Water Charters offers a variety of fishing trips out of Durban, South Africa. Whether you want to have a quick trip fishing near the harbor, or explore the deep seas for a Marlin, they have what you need.

Durban has lucrative fisheries. 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. Although most trips yield a catch, there is no fish guarantee. However, the crew will give their best to help you claim your 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 a 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 the rods, reels, and top drawer tackle. Take out a fishing license in one of the tackle shops. Food and drinks are available at an extra cost. Pack a cap, sunblock, sunglasses, an extra layer of clothes, and a camera. Where something comfortable so that you can join the chase readily. Hop on and let Blue Water Charters take you out!

Blue Water Charters offers a variety of fishing trips out of Durban, South Africa. Whether you want to have a quick trip fishing near the harbor, or explore the deep seas for a Marlin, they have what you need.

Durban has lucrative fisheries.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

Trip Date:
  • 12 Hrs - Marlin/Big Game Fishing
    12 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1276 private charter
  • 10 Hrs - Marlin / Big Game Fishing
    10 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1106 private charter
  • US$ 1021 private charter
  • 8 Hrs - Marlin/Big Game Fishing
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 936 private charter
  • US$ 851 private charter
  • US$ 723 private charter
  • US$ 723 private charter
  • US$ 638 private charter
  • US$ 638 private charter
  • US$ 553 private charter
  • US$ 553 private charter
  • US$ 510 private charter
  • US$ 510 private charter
  • US$ 383 private charter
  • US$ 383 private charter
  • US$ 340 private charter
  • US$ 340 private charter
  • US$ 297 private charter
  • US$ 297 private charter
  • US$ 255 private charter
  • US$ 127 private charter
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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

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

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.

34 ft
8 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fly Fishing Equipment


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


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:
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Mike Laubscher
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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 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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Response rate: 89%

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Customer Reviews

4.79 out of 5 stars from 16 reviews

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

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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 13, 2018
Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on 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

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Fished March 11, 2018
Mike Laubscher (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 15, 2018

Thank you for the review, well done on your Marlin

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