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Blue Water Charters Durban - Wilson's Wharf, 18 Boatmans Road, Durban Harbour

Blue Water Charters Durban - Fishing Charter for Marlin Fishing, Tuna Fishing, Game Fishing, and Deep Sea Fishing

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Fishing Charters Durban


Along with lockdown and Covid 19 the world has changed and so the way we work has also changed.

Whilst we have always been dedicated to giving you a great fishing trip, we are also committed to the safety of our clients and staff.

On all our fishing trips and cruises going forward the following Covid 19 safety practices will be in place to keep you safe and us safe.

- Masks must be worn at all times on the boat, please bring your mask as we do not provide these, no mask no boarding
- Social distancing to be maintained on the boat
- Sanitiser and Soap will be available on the boats
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From Family Fun to Big Game Fishing, we have a trip for you

Established in 2008, Blue Water Charters Durban is one of Durban's most popular Fishing Charter operators with 2 Charter Boats for hire, Fat Girl and Nawty Girl.

Located at Wilsons Wharf Marina in Durban Harbour. Offering Marlin, Game, Tuna and Deep Sea Fishing trips from Durban in summer and a wide variety of fishing trips like Deep Sea Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Bottom and Reef Fishing to suit most people’s needs throughout the year including Kid's Fishing and Fun Family trips.
Boats and Equipment

From Family fun to Big Game/Marlin fishing including Cruises and Boat rides, we have you covered.
Rates and Trips

We understand that it is all about the experience, we take this very seriously and strive to put every effort in to ensure your fishing trip gives you a wonderful experience with memories that will last a lifetime.

* Fishing is for everyone
* No Experience is needed
* We will help you
* Families and Kids Welcome

Your Safety is Important to us
All our boats are legally registered and equipped with the full required safety equipment and life jackets as required by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)
Children under 12 years old are legally required to wear a Life Jacket at all times.
Kiddies Life Jackets are available

We Support Catch, Photo, Release - Responsible and Sustainable Fishing Practices

Durban Deep Sea Fishing Charter for Marlin Fishing, Game Fishing, Tuna Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing, Reef Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Kid's Fishing Trips, Family Fishing Trips, Harbour Fishing, Backline Fishing, Boat Cruises and Rides based at Wilson's Wharf in Durban Harbour, South Africa.

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If you just want to spend some time outdoors with the kids or family doing some fishing, a day out with your friends or if you are looking for that trophy fish or Marlin we have a fishing trip for you.
Rates and Trips

We have a very good reputation and catch rate, with many satisfied and repeat customers from Durban, around South Africa and all around the globe. We are probably the best equipped charter operating out of Durban and have high Game and Marlin catch rates during the season.
Boats and Equipment

Our Charter is for those anglers who are seeking an Exclusive Fishing Charter with Personal Attention on well appointed boats fitted with top class equipment and tackle complete with guiding from professional specialised anglers. Be it for the kids, family, friends or some big fish hunting we have a package for you.
Rates and Trips

From humble beginnings in 2008 Blue Water Charters has grown to be one of the leading Charter operators in the Durban area, being popular with locals, guests from around the country and the world. We are dedicated to delivereing consistent good service.

Blue Water Charters is a full time owner run operation, it is what we do everyday and Mike is 100% dedicated to running this operation.

We do not share our bookings or make up groups, which means that you, the angler get to do exactly what you want along with personal assistance and guiding.
Rates and Trips

We are not the cheapest, our aim is to give you the angler a comfortable, quality fishing experience which offers good value for money on a well equipped and comfortable boat.
Boats and Equipment
You are required by law (MLRA) to have in your possession a valid fishing license on any saltwater fishing trip in South Africa. You only require a standard fishing licence which must be in your name and is available at any South African Post Office. You do not require the additional boat fishing permit as only one person on the boat is required to have this and this is held by the skipper. Due to current legislation we are not able to supply you with a fishing license on the day NB: Should you fail to bring this along we will not be held responsible for any fines.

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Why choose Blue Water Charters?

Great Reputation


With an excellent reputation and great reviews on TripAdvisor, Google and Fishing Booker that speak for themselves we have many satisfied guests from around the globe and always try our utmost to exceed expectations.


Premium Service


Our reputation is based on our exceptional service and our great catch rates. We offer premium Shimano equipment that is well maintained and our boats are well appointed. Whilst we can never guarantee fish as the variables are too many, we always guarantee our best effort at all times.

Full time owner run


We are a full time charter operator and not a part time business, Capt. Mike and his team is dedicated to the business and they are all passionate about fishing and this is what they do every day, which keeps them up to date with “the bite” and conditions at all times.


Not a booking service


When you book with us, you fish with us, on our boats, with our captains and crew. We can customise your trips to suit your specific needs according to the season and conditions. We will make recommendations and give our best efforts to accommodate your requests.


Family Friendly


Family is important. We welcome all ages and experience levels. No experience, no problem we will show you how and won’t get mad if you lose a fish or tangle the lines. We want you to have fun, enjoy the trip and most of all let the family bond and have memories for a lifetime.

Family Fishing

Kid Friendly


We offer charters specifically tailored for small children, we love taking kids fishing and introducing them to the best sport in the world so they can become responsible anglers of the future.

Kids Fishing


Value for Money


We are not the cheapest; we aim to give you a quality trip at a fair price. Our prices are all inclusive for everything required for fishing, there are no extra charges for equipment, terminal tackle, fuel and bait used. What is not included is food, refreshments and fishing licenses.

Safety and Comfort


Your safety is important to use, our boats carry full safety and emergency equipment. Fat Girl has a fly bridge and comfortable cabin complete with lounge and toilet, Nawty Girl is far more basic and has a covered area and basic seating. Both boats are well appointed for fishing.




Local Knowledge


As local residents we know our waters and area exceptionally well and have been fishing them for a long time. Having started charters in 2008 and being a busy operator we are out there regularly. With loads of experience we still find ourselves learning new things and improving ourselves all the time.

Catch is Yours


Your catch is yours. We do not keep your catch and sell it. Our deckhands will gladly clean and fillet your fish for you after your trip, please don’t forget to tip them for their efforts. When cleaning and filleting we wrap your fish in cling wrap, please bring coolers to take your catch home.

Licensed and Insured


Our Boats and Captains are fully registered and licensed for our operations by SAMSA, our boats undergo stringent safety surveys annually as required and we carry all required safety equipment. We also have public liability insurance.


Ethical Values


We support catch, photo, release, responsible and sustainable fishing practices as per our original founding values. All Billfish, Sharks and some other species are released; we also do not target certain species under pressure. We abide to all quota and size regulations.



Rates and Trips
We offer a diverse variety of fishing trips from Marlin Fishing and Game Fishing through to Family and Kids Fishing trips, we also offer Cruises and Boat Rides on our two boats Fat Girl and Nawty Girl to accomodate your needs.
Rates and Trips
Boats and Equipment
Fat Girl - a 10.4m (34ft) Convertible Sport Fisher, she takes 8 for fishing and 10 for cruises.
Nawty Girl - a 5.8m (19ft) Catamaran, she takes 4 for fishing and 6 for cruises.
Our boats are well appointed for fishing with all safety equipment and Shimano tackle.

Boats and Equipment
Game Fishing in Durban
Game fishing charters in Durban are exceptional in the summer months with species like Dorado, Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna, King Mackerel, Queen Mackerel, Sailfish and Amber Jack being regular catches. Yellowfin Tuna, Skipjack Tuna and Bonito are also great sport all year and are exciting in the winter months. Fully equipped for game fishing Blue Water Charters can offer you a trip that will give you memories for a lifetime.
Game Fishing
Marlin Fishing in Durban
With 3 species of Marlin available in the Durban waters during the summer months. Striped Marlin make an early appearance at the beginning of the season and Black Marlin coming close inshore puts Marlin fishing in the grasp of many an aspiring angler. Out deep Blue Marlin make an exciting catch. All our Marlin Fishing is Strictly Catch and Release.
Marlin Fishing
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Tuna Fishing in Durban
Tuna Fishing is possible all year round in Durban, the prize target species being Yellow Fin Tuna. Inshore fishing for Skipjack Tuna can provide great sport along with Bonito in the summer and always with the shoals of Skipjack and Bonito we find Yellowfin Tuna. Often when we find a pod of Dolphins we find Yellow Fin Tuna and then the games really begin with multiple hook ups.
Tuna Fishing
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Deep Sea Fishing in Durban
Deep Sea Fishing is a general term for a variety of fishing styles and species offshore in Durban. Our Deep Sea Fishing trips in Durban are very popular as they are flexible according to the season and what you want, with game fishing, bottom fishing on the reefs, shark fishing available along with various styles of fishing like vertical jigging, spinning, live bait drifting, bottom fishing with bait and trolling available.
Deep Sea Fishing
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Mid Deep Sea Fishing in Durban
Mid Deep Sea fishing also known as Mini deep sea fishing is an ideal trip for family fishing and children’s fishing, beginners or just some friends wanting fun, these trips are not so far out and offer a mix of game fishing and bottom fishing in the same trip. Families and kids love these trips as they offer variety and are great for fun, a perfect outdoor family activity.
Mid Deep Fishing
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Inshore Fishing in Durban
Inshore Fishing in Durban also called Deep Backline by some, these are fishing trips close to shore just a few kilometres out to sea on a reef system known as no.1. These are light tackle trips targeting smaller species of fish and are ideal for first timers, families and kids, whilst the main focus is bottom fishing Skipjack Tuna are frequently caught on these trips.
Inshore Fishing
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Backline Fishing - Harbour Fishing in Durban
Fishing is Durban Harbour is usually most relaxing and calm with a wide variety of smaller fish species available. We also offer 3hr trips specifically tailored with small children in mind. A fun outdoor family activity and great for the kids or just for some friends who want to hang out. Durban Harbour also known as the port of Durban can offer some interesting sights whilst you are fishing.

Backline Fishing in Durban is offered in the shallow sheltered area outside the port in front of uShaka, this is a light tackle trip targeting smaller species of fish and is offered together with our harbour fishing trip. An ideal family trip and small children included in our trips is the 3hr trip tailored specifically for small kids.
Backline Fishing |
Harbour Fishing
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Shark Fishing in Durban
Shark Fishing in Durban on our trips is strictly catch and release. With a wide variety of shark species in Durban Waters there is certainly no shortage with bigger species like Bull Sharks and Tiger Sharks that will test your endurance and Mako Sharks and Spinner Sharks that will provide aerial acrobatics along with a large population of Black Tip Sharks and Hammer Head sharks.
Shark Fishing
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Lure and Fly Fishing in Durban
A variety of lure fishing options are available on our charters. Vertical Jigging, Slow Pitch Jigging, Spinning and Popping are available along with micro jigging and drop shot options in the shallows. This type of fishing requires some level of experience and one must be able to cast and handle spinning equipment.

Fly Fishing on our Durban charters is available for those fly fishermen that have their own tackle and want to target offshore of harbour species on fly. This option requires experience and the angler needs to know how to do long casts in windy conditions for success.

Lure and Fly Fishing
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Family Fishing in Durban
Family is important. Family Fishing Trips in Durban are a great outdoor activity for the whole family where everyone can have fun; we can offer most our trips as a family option so that all can have fun and create memories that will last a lifetime and most of all allow for some family bonding in the process.
Family Fishing
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Kids Fishing in Durban
Kids Fishing trips. We offer trips specifically tailored for children, we love taking kids fishing and introducing them to the best sport in the world. This is an ideal opportunity for moms and dads to spend some quality time with their kids participating in a great outdoor activity like fishing.
Kids Fishing
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Sea Cruises and Harbour Cruises
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Harbour Cruises and Sea Cruises
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Tiger Fishing and Bass Fishing
Tiger Fishing trips at Lake Jozini also known as Pongolapoort Dam. Tiger Fish are only found in Africa which is an apex predator that gives a strong fight often with aerial acrobatics. Lake Jozini has wild life all around the dam giving an experience like no other.

Bass Fishing trips at Inanda Dam just outside of Durban, target Large Mouth Bass in a stunning setting not far from the city, a great activity for family and kids with some good fishing available and the ability to have a picnic or braai making for an exceptional outdoor activity that everyone can enjoy.

Tiger Fishing | Bass Fishing
Fishing ArticlesFishing Reports Durban
Fishing Articles - Fishing Reports
Fishing Articles by Mike from Blue Water Charters with articles covering Deep Sea Fishing, Marlin Fishing, Game Fishing, Dorado Fishing, Tuna Fishing, Tiger Fishing, Bass Fishing, Trolling, Spinning, Fly Fishing, how to set up traces and rigs, hook sets and many other topics.

Durban Fishing Reports from Blue Water Charters Durban, read updates and see pics from fishing reports on recent catches in Durban.

Fishing Articles | Fishing Reports
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Contact and FAQ
Blue Water Charters Durban is based at the Wilsons Wharf Marina situated in the Durban Harbour on the edge of the City of Durban, after your fishing trip you can enjoy a meal and one of the many restaurants.

Answers to Frequently asked Questions about our charters and trips

Contact | FAQ
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Biography and Reviews
How it all began and info about who you are fishing with.

Reviews from many local and international guests that have fished with Blue Water Charters Durban, find out about the quality of service as experienced by previous guests.

Biography | Reviews
Fat Girl - a 10.4m Silverton Sport Fisher
Nawty Girl - a 5.8m Catermaran

Fishing in Durban:
Marlin Fishing, Tuna Fishing, Game Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing, Mid Deep Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Shark Fishing, Fly Fishing, Harbour/Bay Fishing, Backline Fishing, Artificial Lure Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Family Fishing, Kids Fishing.

Cruises in Durban:
Private Trips and Tours, Corporate Charters, Team Building, Nature Tours, Bird Watching Trips, Sunset Cruises, Sunrise Cruises, Sea Cruises, Harbour Cruises, Marriage Proposals, Romantic and Couple Cruises, Spreading of Ashes

All pictures shown on our website are from our actual trips with our guests and crew on our boats, they are not "borrowed" from other websites, stock photos or catches from exotic locations, they show what we actually catch and are not misrepresenting in anyway.


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