Our last season before lock-down
March 25, 2020 Durban 33 photos

Trip Summary

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.
Mike Laubscher
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Big Wahoo, Small Marlin, Tuna and a ton
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December 30, 2020
Big Wahoo, Small Marlin, Tuna and a ton of Dorado off Durban Fishing Report – Durban – 30th December Fishing has been great this season with good fish being caught on all trips, the Dorado have been thick with many being caught, there are also some nice Yellowfin Tuna about and finally the Wahoo have arrived, when the Wahoo arrive the Black Marlin are also around. Yesterday Fat Girl crew managed to land an awesome 1st Wahoo for the season weighing in at 17.5kg, and whilst they get much bigger in other parts of the world for Durban this is a good catch as they usually average 8-12Kg. With today not wanting to be outdone by yesterday the Fat Girl crew managed to hook up and release a small Black Marlin just past the south pier whilst clearing lines to enter port. This Marlin was a first for angler Giulio and so a huge congratulations to him. For Skipper Erik’s son Ruben who has been working as a deckhand for us during his school holidays it is his first interaction with a Marlin and he saw it chasing the kona whilst clearing lines and teased it to perfection to get the hook up and so a huge congratulations to him, how awesome for him and his dad to share a memory like this together. This Black Marlin is also the 4th Black that has been caught on Fat Girl in 2020 in the shallows between no.1 reef and the harbour entrance as we had 3 before the lock down in the shallows and just shows that one does not need to travel far in Durban to catch Marlin. I take this opportunity to wish all for 2021 and stay safe.