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Marlin Fishing Charter in Durban, South Africa

 

Blue Marlin Fishing in Durban South AfricaMarlin Fishing in Durban, South Africa

Durban's warm Indian Ocean waters along the East coast of South Africa offer some exciting Marlin Fishing, and with the great weather on South Africa’s East Coast the season is long starting at the end of Spring throughout the summer months and into the beginning of Autumn. Our season is from October through to May, with the best months from December to April.
Sailfish can be caught for a much longer period from September through to June.

Blue Water Charters specialises in Marlin and Big Game fishing off Durban during the summer months and our boat is well rigged out complete with out-riggers, fighting chair and Furuno Electronics, our Marlin tackle is all Shimano Tiagra. We have years of experience and a good record.

We are always busy during Marlin season with many Marlin Fishing trips which keeps us up to date with conditions and patterns. Please understand that there is no Guarantee that you will get a Marlin on one of our trips, if it was easy then everyone would be doing it and the conditions which are out of our control dictate the many variables. We almost always get by-catch on these trips in the form of Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo. There are some big Yellowfin Tuna out in the deep off Durban.

Often our clients book us for several days which is best to give you the best chance at landing your Marlin.

Black Marlin Fishing in Durban South AfricaMarlin Fishing Charters in Durban

We have satisfied many of our guests from all over South Africa and around the globe with a Marlin catch, but there are those days when one cannot raise them no matter how hard one tries, we have a lot of experience and knowledge of local conditions, we know our waters well and we have a properly equipped boat with all the right gear and so can offer you the best chance to get a Marlin off Durban, but we cannot guarantee one, we will at all times give you our best efforts and service.
Rates and Trips

We have a variety of Billfish in our waters:
- Black Marlin - Common
- Blue Marlin  - Common
- Striped Marlin - Used to be common, the last few years have been quiet
- Sailfish - Common
- Short bill Spearfish - We have only ever caught one
- Broadbill Swordfish - Generally they are to deep for our range
- White Marlin - We have of of them in South African waters and even seen pics, but have yet to see one for ourselves.

Our Marlin Boat Fat Girl Our large 10.4m Sport Fisher boat is fully rigged for Marlin and Big Game Fishing, comfortable for long days out at sea and can really ride the sea well even when it starts getting rough, she is well equipped with Shimano Tiagra gear, Furuno electronics and a fighting chair. She has a cabin with a lounge and toilet, there is a fly bridge where the helm is stationed.
Boats and Equipment

All our Marlin, Sailfish and Billfish fishing is strictly Catch and Release, this is Sport Fishing
We Support Catch, Photo, Release - Responsible and Sustainable Fishing Practices
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Marlin Fishing in Durban, South Africa
Marlin Fishing is one of our specialty fishing trips that we offer in Durban South Africa
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Blue and Black Marlin Fishing in Durban, South Africa
Target Blue Marlin and Black Marlin in Durban on a well equipped boat with experienced crew.
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Marlin and Big Game Fishing in Durban, South Africa
With 3 Species of Marlin and Sailfish in our Indian ocean waters along with Game Fish species like Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo our summer season is a fishing adventure.
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Marlin Fishing in Durban, South Africa
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.
Sailfish Fishing in Durban, South AfricaSailfish Fishing in Durban, South Africa
Sailfish Fishing in Durban, South Africa
Sailfish are around all year in Durban, the winter is slow but usually the biggest ones are caught in winter, spring and autumn are the best months to target them and in summer we will find them in the same waters as other game fish.
Sailfish are strictly a Catch and Release species.
Billfish Fishing in Durban, South AfricaBillfish Fishing in Durban, South Africa
Billfish Fishing in Durban, South Africa
With a variety of Billfish in our Durban waters like Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and Sailfish that can be found in a wide variety of areas along our coastline we have flexibility according to the conditions of the day.
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Striped Marlin and Sailfish off Durban
Striped Marlin are our smallest Marlin species and often their smaller sizes are the same as our bigger Sailfish. Striped Marlin will give the harder fight however the speed and agility of a Sailfish makes for a really exciting encounter.
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Black Marlin and Blue Marlin Fishing Charters in Durban, South Africa
Black Marlin are usually found closer to shore and Blue Marlin our found out in the deeper waters off Durban
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Black Marlin Fishing in Durban, South Africa
Black Marlin are the most common Marlin species that we catch in Durban, the reason we catch more of them is that they are found closer to shore around the many Durban reefs and we have even caught them within a few kilometers of the harbour mouth. The conditions of the day often dictate where we can go fishing along with the time booked for the trip, as a result more time is spent fishing in areas where Black Marlin are found over the season
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Fishing for Marlin in Durban, South Africa
Aerial acrobatics during a Marlin fight are an exhilarating experience, to witness the power and agility of the beautiful fish is truly something magnificent.
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Spectacular Marlin Fishing in Durban, South Africa
When handling the leader of a Marlin brought alongside the boat one becomes acutely aware of the power of these magnificent beasts of the ocean and the shear amazement one experiences every time is priceless.
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Catch and Release Marlin Fishing in Durban, South Africa
Blue Water Charters Durban was the first charter operator in Durban to practice catch and release with thier Marlin Fishing, this has been one of the founding principles of Blue Water Charters since it started in 2008.
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Sailfish and Marlin Fishing in Durban, South Africa
Whilst we cannot guarantee that you will catch a Marlin or a Sailfish, we do guarantee our best efforts. There are so many variables that are out of our control and the conditions of the day dictate
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Marlin Fishing Charters in Durban, South Africa
We offer 8, 10, 12 and 15 Hour Marlin Charters, in general 8hrs is not long enough, our 12 hour marlin trips are the most succesful.
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Marlin Fishing and Sailfish Fishing in Durban
At the end of a strong fight the most exciting part is when the fish is on the leader and brought alongside the boat to be released.
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Fishing for Marlin in South Africa
Our Marlin Fishing Chartes in Durban are offered in our summer months, the season usually starts in Sping in October and ends in Autumn in May, the best months are December through to April. Every season is diffferent at the weather conditions have a significant impact on fishing.
The excitement of a Marlin Fight in DurbanThe excitement of a Marlin Fight in Durban
The excitement of a Marlin Fight in Durban
For many anglers catching a Marlin is the "holy grail" of thier fishing career and a common bucketlist item, we have helped many an angler get thier first Marlin.
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Our Marlin Fishing Charter Boat
Fat Girl is our Marlin Fishing Boat, she has a good reputation for raising Marlin off Durban, she is well equipped and comfortable.
The Thrill of Marlin Fishing

You leave home in the early hours, before the sparrows awake, the air is crisp and fresh and there is a light breeze blowing on your face, the sky is black and the stars are clear and bright. You make your way to the coast and it gets a little warmer on your way down, the window is open and you get the first feel of fresh air blowing on your face.

You arrive at your boat and it is methodically prepared and checked, you then swing the motors breaking the early mornings silence and make your way out feeling the fresh ocean air blowing you hair lightly. The motors are warm now and you push the throttles forward, the boat leaps out the water towards and orange line on the horizon, the wind is now blowing in your hair and you are filled with anticipation for the days events, enjoying the freshness of the air, the wide open space as the sun pops its head out from the horizon and the roar of the motors as you hurtle towards the sun.

The sun then rises and makes a golden highway on the water, you here birds cry, and the water swishing past your hull. You arrive at your first way point, set your lines and make your way out towards the sun following the golden highway whist scanning the horizon for any activity.

You see something in the distance, the game is on and you head towards it, as you arrive you hear the out rigger snap, this is the moment, and the split second seems like forever as you turn around to watch the rod suddenly bend the line go tight and the reel starts to growl and you look up to see a Marlin leaping out of the water repeatedly making splashes as it hits the water, everyone on the boat is filled with adrenalin as the hook is set, scuttling around clearing the lines whilst the rod stays bent and the reel peeling line.

The fight is on, you realise why you do it, a calm smile comes over your face and a battle of wills ensues until you get this mighty Marlin to the boat, you are excited beyond words, photographs are taken and the magnificent Marlin released.

The boat is underway again the lines are out and your excitement levels are dropping as a silence falls over the crew, and at that point you discover that this Marlin is not enough, you need another one, you are hooked!
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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