Captain
Mike Laubscher

Member since December 2013 Durban, 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 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."
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

Durban, 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 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."
Techniques
I am crazy about big Tuna and Marlin Fishing, and I also love light tackle spinning with lures

My Charter Listings

Blue Water Charters - Fat Girl

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Durban
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Blue Water Charters - Nawty Girl

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Durban
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Fishing Reports

Our last season before lock-down
Our last season before lock-down
Mar 25, 2020 Durban
Our last season before lockdown Offshore Fishing Report – Summer 2019/2020 Lockdown has been really difficult, at first you keep yourself busy with many projects but eventually you run out of materials and after 8 weeks I find myself highly frustrated, perhaps even a bit angry and definitely concerned about what is going on. I am missing the ocean, I am missing fishing, I miss my family, my friends, my crew, my boat and the list goes on. We had a great summer season that was suddenly ended so abruptly and so hopefully we can be fishing before the next season begins. One need’s to remain strong in these difficult times and perhaps it is a good time to reflect and be grateful for what we have had until now. This last season started early with an abundance of small Dorado and a few decent sizes in between, the Wahoo had just started showing up when we had to go home and wait, the Yellowfin Tuna were rather scarce this season and only just started showing up. The Marlin had arrived and we had a lot of action in February some good strikes and 5 Black Marlin released, 4 of them happened over 2 days making for some of the most exciting Marlin fishing off Durban. We never even got to finish March and April never happened and it looks like May also won’t happen, the summer season has however ended and winter season is upon us. I hope to see you out on the water before the next summer season. We have redone most of our website, check it out. Stay Strong. Stay Safe.
Dorado, Wahoo, Tuna and tough weather
Dorado, Wahoo, Tuna and tough weather
Jan 26, 2020 Durban
Dorado, Wahoo, Tuna and tough weather Offshore Fishing Report – Late January 2020 Since we got our Marlin the last 2 weeks of fishing has been very difficult and we have been busy with a lot of trips on all boats, water temperatures went almost up to 30 deg.C and I have never see water this warm straight out the harbour, in the harbour exceeded 32 deg.C. Strong NE winds and SW busters made for some rough seas on occasion and many days had both, one morning we were about to launch at 04h30 when a 38knot SW wind came through and we finally only launched at 11h00. After all the warm water things cooled down to big varieties of water temps from 22deg.C right up to 27deg.C in close proximity sadly the water has gone green, I hope this last SW has cleared this up. So with calms seas on occasion or during the day and some rocking and rolling, rain and many other challenges with guests from Czech Republic, Australia, UK, USA, Germany and good old SA we managed to get some fish but not as many as we wanted. Wahoo have now made their appearance, Dorado are still a regular catch and they are getting bigger now, we chuck the small ones back so they can grow, Tuna have been scarce but the ones we do get are quality sizes, Bonito have been few and far between and we have seen Marlin jumping and had them in the spread but no strikes, Dolphins have been regular visitors out in the deep. We saw something really incredible that I have never witnessed off Durban on our way back in a strong west from far North, we came across a shoal of over 200 GT’s from 30-50Kg, they were not scared of the boat but no matter what we offered them they would not bite, observing their behaviour it looked like they were spawning. We had some kiddies trips in the harbour and the fish were biting in the warm water so actually much easier than fishing offshore. With Marlin and Wahoo around I think we will see some nice catches coming up in the next 3 months.

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98%
Appropriate for children
95%
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98%
Catch intended fish
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Abdur R. M.
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Special 5 hours trip for Abdur Rahman Moosa on July 4, 2021
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Derrick B.
Dulles, VA
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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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Jacques R.
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
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December fishing trip

VERIFIED   Deep Sea Game/Tuna/Reef Fishing 5hr on December 14, 2020
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Jill M.
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
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Great time in Durban!

4hrs - Mini Deep Sea/Inshore (PM) on March 8, 2019
My husband and I went out with Capitan Mike and Kurt for a 4 hour fishing trip on the Fat Girl.  Mike was great with communication...
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Soomendhren G.
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
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We had an amazing experience on this trip with a beautiful and comfortable boat (McFire). The skipper (Erik) and Deckhand (Thabani)...
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