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30th November 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

With the north-east wind, the kaskazi, blowing firmly now, fishing generally has looked up with cleaner water, and Sailfish are being caught in most areas.
The ‘Eye Go Fishing’ tournament was held last Saturday at Kilifi, for the first time, and eleven boats took part. Boats were raising Sailfish, and two Marlin were also raised, but the fish were hard to hook. However Instedda, fished by Mr Denim, caught a Sailfish which was released, and this won the first prize.
Second was Roxann, fished by Justin Walters and Jameel Khan, with a nice Wahoo and a Kingfish, while Delta was third with a mixed bag. An enjoyable competition, and a good sum was raised for the Kwale Eye Hospital which does so much good work for those with eye problems.
At Malindi, Tega had good fishing on Saturday with a client from Hungary, catching two Sailfish, seven Dorado and a Wahoo, while the following day four Sail were released, plus five Kingfish, two Wahoo and a Trevally for a client from Italy. Kingfisher boats have also all been catching Sailfish, and there is a good run of these at Malindi at the moment.
Alleycat from Watamu had had a couple of trips, releasing a Striped Marlin and losing a Sailfish, while Seastorm from Hemingways fished off Ngomeni with Stefan Kruger, and caught a Sailfish which died on the line, as well as two Wahoo and a Dorado – they also had a Marlin on the line which was played for two hours before he hook pulled. Instedda had five Sail and mixed bags over three days, including winning the Eye Go Fishing tournament
At Diani, Furaha found two Sailfish on a short day, while Neferiti, a sesse canoe, also found a Sailfish and a Barracuda. Dream Catcher, live baiting with Hiten Kumar caught a nice Wahoo of 17 kgs. The water here has been much cleaner and the fish more active with the north wind blowing.
With the holidays approaching and the kaskazi blowing firmly prospects look good in all areas.

Photos courtesy of Imraan Moosa, Instedda

23rd November 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

The wind swung suddenly to blow from the north-east last weekend and for a couple of days seemed fixed, but then veered back to the south-east again and now seems to be vacillating, which is quite normal before it settles down to the regular ‘kaskazi’ season which lasts till March.

This should improve fishing and signals the main season for Sailfish and Marlin, with the latter, especially Blue Marlin, coming into the deeper water areas like the Rips.

The Eye Go Fishing tournament is being fished this weekend out of Kilifi on Saturday and Sunday. This annual competition raises funds for the Kwale Eye Centre, which does so much good charitable work for those with eye problems, and good entries are expected.

At Watamu Tarka released a Black Marlin, and on two other days they found a pair of Sailfish, while Alleycat released three Sailfish and had a mixed bag with Wahoo, Yellowfin Kingfish and Dorado. Unreel had a couple of trips, with mixed bags, including a Wahoo of 20 kgs.

From Malindi, Tega had successful trips popping and jigging, with Yellowfin, Kingfish and smaller Trevally species, while on another trip while deep dropping for broadbill they caught a Pomfret and an Escolar or Oilfish of 23kgs. Both these species are rarely caught , only being hooked on the bottom in deep water. Snark, fishing from Che Shale, is back in the water and had a busy start with four Sailfish, two Wahoo, a Dorado and a Yellowfin, a great day.

Eclare had four Sailfish a couple of days ago, and the fishing off Malindi continues to be active, with popping and jigging popular methods of catching Tuna and other species.

On the south coast at Diani, White Dove on a sea trial after sorting engine problems, released a nice Black Marlin, while Furaha boated 100kgs of Yellowfin Tuna on a morning trip, keeping the anglers busy. Gitau Matiba reports clients Issa Bockle and daughter Neraha released a Black Marlin of 60 kgs with the latter on the rod, and they also raised a Sailfish which escaped,

So the fish are active both north and south, and once the wind has settled the fishing should improve, so prospects good everywhere.

Photo courtesy of Calvin Du Plessis, Tega

16th November 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

The boats have been been catching!

Although not a lot of trips were made, boats have been catching Marlin and Sailfish along the coast, despite reports of the water being green. There have been heavy rain storms in most areas, adding to the green colour of the seas, and the wind is still south-east with no sign of swinging yet.

Elusive, with skipper Callum Scott, went up to Kiwaiyu from her Watamu base for a week and caught a wide variety of fish. Sailfish were caught using the ‘ bait and switch’ technique with unhooked teasers bringing the fish up near the boat, when a bait with circle hooks is tossed out on suitable light tackle. The circle hooks tend to hook the fish in the corner of the mouth, so they can be released without damage, while the right size tackle can be selected when the size of the fish is seen, useful for Marlin on light lines. A highlight was landing a 35kg Yellowfin Tuna on a light spinning rod by Simon Kenyon. Plenty of Kingfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Dorado and various species of trevally were caught with poppers and jigs, while an unusual achievement was the catch and release of a Shortbill Spearfish - a rare species in our waters.

At Shimoni, White Otter had a good trip releasing a Black Marlin and a Sailfish despite the water being dirty, but it has been quiet at Diani. At Mtwapa, however, Princess Mariya released a Black Marlin.

At Malindi, Eclare caught five Sailfish and good mixed bags in two trips, while Tega fishing around the Boiling Pot area found dirty water but caught a Kingfish and a Dorado in the morning. Later the water cleared and they raised two Sailfish, releasing one while the other escaped, and then released a Black Marlin, estimated at 85kgs. On the way home they released another Sailfish, so plenty of action after a quiet start.

Not many trips at Watamu this week, but Tarka found and released a Black Marlin, and they caught some Yellowfin, which seemed plentiful but proved hard to hook up, while Alleycat lost a nice Black Marlin estimated around 200 kgs but caught Tuna and Wahoo.

So the fish are there, and with cleaner warmer water things should improve.

Photo courtesy of Calvin Du Plessis, Tega

Photos courtesy of Callum Scott, Elusive

9th November 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

Simba, usually based at Watamu, had a great day fishing from Peponi Hotel at Lamu with anglers Ken and Martin Lawrence on holiday from UK. The water inshore was green and while some Sailfish were seen they were reluctant to strike so skipper Mark Allen put out his big marlin lures and went further out. On the outer drop-offs he found nice blue water and tagged and released a small Blue Marlin and a Sailfish, before hooking into a very big fish.

After a long fight of nearly three hours a Blue Marlin was played to the boat and tagged and released, with the weight estimated at 300 kgs – definitely the catch of the week!

Few trips were reported at Watamu this week, although Unreel had a day with a mixed bag, including a good Wahoo of 30 kgs caught by Kathy Stevens.

A boat from the Malindi Kingfisher fleet has been on a five day trip to Lamu, popping and jigging with good catches of Giant Trevally. This style of fishing is popular with many anglers, who cast their lures from a stationary boat, either using surface plugs that splash along the top or heavy jigs that are lowered to the bottom near reefs and drop-offs and jigged up and down. Giant Trevally are the usual target, along with Rock Cod, Amberjack and a variety of Snappers.

At Diani it has been quiet, with Furaha out a couple of trips catching small fish, but the water was green and cold and the fish not active,.

The water should warm up soon with the change in the wind not far away, and make the fish more active, while the holiday season will bring more anglers as well as those small private boats which appear over the Xmas break, especially at competitions.

Photo courtesy of Mark Allen, Simba

2nd November 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

Good weather continues along the coast, with some heavy rainstorms mainly at night or early morning, then sunny with gentle winds, nice conditions for fishing but not a lot of trips have been reported.

Alleycat found a good Black Marlin on two separate days, both around the 140kg mark, but while one was released the other was attacked by sharks while on the line. Sharks are always a problem in the Watamu area, and the longer fish are on the line the more likely are the sharks to attack them, so the bigger fish are more vulnerable. A nice Giant Trevally was also released and some Yellowfin boated. Two more days with the same boat were quiet however.

Unreel has also been out, with good Wahoo action, the largest at 27kgs , a big one for this species.

Tega found a small Blue Marlin in the Rips, which was duly released and boated a mixed bag of Yellowfin, Wahoo and Dorado for a busy day, while on another trip they caught and released a Broadbill during the day using the deep drop method with baits lowered to 300 metres or more – when hooked the fish has to be pumped up to the boat from that depth, so hard work for the angler!

Tarka, following on her success with second place in the Malindi Festival, had three Sailfish on the Monday, followed by six Sail on the Tuesday and the rest of the week yielded some Giant Trevally, Tuna, Wahoo and a small Shark which was released.

Down south at Diani, White Dove on a short trip caught a 16 kg Wahoo on 10kg breaking strain line as well as a mixed bag with Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado.

As November progresses, we would expect to hear of the arrival of Striped Marlin in the Pemba Channel, particularly if the wind starts to switch to the north-east, the kaskazi. This also is the signal for Striped and Blue Marlin to appear in the Rips off Malindi/Watamu, while bigger Black Marlin are usually caught along the Watamu Banks.

Photos courtesy of Calvin Du Plessis, Tega​

26th October 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

The Sailfish were around and biting at the Malindi Festival last weekend, when a total of 49 Sailfish and two Black Marlin were caught by 10 boats and 29 anglers over the two days. This was the 60th anniversary of this tournament, the oldest along the coast.

The first day was a close contest between Tarka, with 1266 points and Neptune, with 1132 points, the former having released a Black Marlin and three Sailfish while the latter had released seven Sailfish, but on the second day the positions were reversed when Neptune released a further seven Sailfish to give their team, R Brumby, Phil D’Olier and Angus Paul the first prize. This also qualified them for entry in the prestigious International Offshore Championship in Costa Rica.

The Tarka team, Phil Revett, P. Worthington and skipper Callum Looman, released four Sail the second day and this gave them second place, while third went to Wambam a small private boat fished by Arran Paul and Kitana with their overall total of ten Sailfish. Arran Paul was awarded the Herbie Paul prize for the Top Angler, a notable achievement as this was the only small boat among the entries.

Alleycat, fished by J Andrews, J Taylor and Pete Darnborough came fourth with a Black Marlin and two Sail released.

The tournament was sponsored primarily by G A Insurance and Optima Insurance Brokers and a dozen other sponsors to whom many thanks.

At Watamu, Alleycat has caught two Black Marlin this week, one of which was attacked by Sharks, along with some Sailfish, Wahoo, Kingfish and Tuna, while Simba tagged two Black Marlin on the Rips, caught on lures on her first outing this season, so a good start to their season.

With the good catches of Sailfish at Lamu and Malindi, and with Black Marlin showing on the Banks and the Rips at Watamu, the fishing outlook looks good for these areas. There has been no news this week from southern waters so let’s hope next week to hear of more activity.

Malindi International Festival Results - DAY 1

19th October 2019

The first day is over, which saw boats catch quite a good number of fish. Tarka is in the lead with 1266.5pts closely followed by Neptune with 1132.5pts. WamBam is third with 651pts. Over 20 Sailfish were caught between all the boats! Let's see what tomorrow brings. Tight lines.

19th October 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

More heavy rain last weekend along most of the coast does not seem to have affected the fishing, particularly at Lamu where the Sailfish run has resulted in good catches.

Neptune, fishing from Manda bay on a five-day trip up from Malindi, found twenty-five Sailfish, with their best day showing ten Sail released. November is usually the peak month here, and the annual influx of dedicated fly fishermen should be well rewarded if the fishing continues like this.

At Watamu, Unreel made the catch of the week with a large Black Marlin, estimated at 160kgs on 24kg tackle, with Mikey Carr-Hartley on the rod. Hooked on a live bait, the fish took two hours to bring to the boat. They also had a good mixed bag with Kingfish, Wahoo and Yellowfin for a memorable day.

Alleycat had a couple of short day trips, releasing a nice Giant Trevally, and boating some Yellowfin and Wahoo, while Tarka has also been catching, Yellowfin, Kingfish and Wahoo around the Watamu banks.

At Diani, there has also been a lot of rain but fishing has been quiet. Some Wahoo are being caught on live baits, and Furaha had a nice Kingfish of 20 kgs, also on live bait .

The Malindi Festival starts Saturday so with more boats out there should be more news next week. If the Sailfish are in short supply then skippers have the option of trying for Marlin on the Banks or a Broadbill Swordfish with the deep drop technique.

12th October 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

Next weekend, the 19th/20th Oct, the Malindi Festival will be fished with boats starting from any port on the Saturday and from Malindi on the Sunday. This is the first tournament of the season, and the winners qualify for the prestigious Offshore World Championship. Both overseas and local anglers will be entering and the prize giving will be at the Malindi SFC .

From Watamu, Bamara has done a couple of trips, and with Rodney and Jack from South Africa they had a good catch of Yellowfin Tuna with three fish of 35, 29 and 27kgs and three smaller ones. They released a small Blue Marlin estimated at 30 kgs, a good sign that the run of Blue Marlin in the Rips might be starting. On another trip, the same boat had another good bag of Tuna with the the biggest at 35 and two more of 30kgs, plus several smaller ones.

Also from Watamu, Alleycat found good mixed bags with Yellowfin Yuna, Kingfish, Wahoo and a Giant Yrevally, while Tarka also had mixed bags. Tarka skipper Callum Looman was away in Tanzania fishing in the Latham Island tournament, which his team won with a load of Yellowfin up to 33kgs. The same team also lost a Broadbill Swordfish during the night, while fellow Kenyan skipper Rob Hellier was in the team placed third.

At Mtwapa, Tin Tin Tu hooked into a small Black Marlin off Vipingo and the fish was fought to the boat side with the crew holding the leader. This scores as a catch, although the marlin itself then dived under the propellers and cut the leader, thus releasing itself!

This last week has seen some heavy rain along the coast, which will result in green water for a while. On the bright side, dirty water lines can point out the areas where Sailfish congregate, especially off the Sabaki river which may help anglers as the Sailfish, which have been seen finning have been reluctant to come up to the baits, so we hope for the best over the coming tournament.

5th October 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

The fishing scene is very quiet at the moment, and the absence of clients is particularly noticeable. Fish are around, but billfish and sailfish in particular are showing but not coming up to the baits.

The Marlin which were around the Watamu Banks in August seem to have moved away but good sized Yellowfin Tuna are being caught.

Skipper Calvin du Plessis on Tega welcomed his brother Darryn from the Seychelles for a few days fishing, and moving the boat up to Malindi they found a Giant Trevally estimated at 35kgs. The next few days resulted in mixed bags of Kingfish, up to 20kgs, Wahoo up to 16kgs and more Giant Trevally released in the 20-25kgs range. Sailfish were seen daily, but they were not feeding and the anglers could not induce them to strike. A Broadbill estimated at 60kgs was caught one day with the deep drop method.

Alleycat went out from Watamu and saw plenty of Yellowfin jumping around, but they were difficult to hook, although they ended up with four in the 30kg range. Cold green water is one of the reasons suggested for the fish not striking more.

Broadbill Swordfish live far out in deep water in this area, and are usually fished for at night when they come nearer the surface on dark nights from the depths which they prefer. During the day, they can be caught by the deep drop method where baits are lowered to the bottom in 300 metres of water on heavy concrete weights in areas 20 miles or more offshore. An amazing catch was recorded fishing from the rocks on shore near Che Shale when a local commercial fisherman, caught a small Broadbill of about 7kgs on a handline. A photo shows this fish clearly and this is the first instance I have heard of in Africa of such a fish caught from the shore, although there are one or two instances of such catches in other parts of the world. What was such a fish doing in shallow water so far from it’s natural habitat, one wonders.

Saturday and Sunday,19th/ 20th October, which is the holiday weekend, sees the Malindi Festival kick off the tournament season. There is usually a good entry of both local and overseas anglers so let’s hope the fishing becomes more active.

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Photo courtesy of Justin Aniere

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Photos courtesy of Calvin Du Plessis, Tega​

28th September 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

It has been another difficult week for fishing, with very few trips made and billfish in short supply, although the weather remains fine with an occasional shower of rain. Most areas report green water, not the clean blue water that turns the fish on, so conditions are not ideal.

At Watamu, Tarka went out on Tuesday and caught a nice Giant Trevally estimated at 32 kgs. They also scored several Kingfish, with the biggest at 19kgs, a Wahoo and some Yellowfin Tuna for a busy day. Alleycat also found some Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo, plus a Kingfish and raised a couple of Sailfish which they failed to hook up with. Sailfish are around but they are proving difficult to catch, and few marlin are being seen.

Seastorm, out from Hemingways, took Laura on her first outing and caught a Yellowfin of 10 kgs. Most boats are reporting Yellowfin Tuna around, but they seem hard to catch.

At Diani, White Dove caught and released a Hammerhead Shark estimated at 70kgs, and they also found a Wahoo and a Yellowfin, but no other trips reported from this area, nor from the boats at Shimoni.

No reports from Malindi this week, nor from the boats at Lamu, so it looks as if business is very quiet everywhere.

The tournament season starts with the Malindi Festival over the holiday weekend of October 19th/20th, so we hope the fishing gets more active by then. The sailfish run at Malindi usually starts about this time and there is normally a good entry so with more boats in action soon we will have a better idea of the fishing.

21st September 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

It has been another quiet week for fishing, with not many trips made and billfish hard to find. Tuna and Wahoo have formed the main catches, often the case in the late September to October period, but these species can keep anglers busy, and Wahoo on light line are exciting fish to catch, with their reputation of being perhaps the fastest fish in the seas! A multiple strike of Wahoo can result in fish on the line far behind the boat as well as on both sides and up ahead simultaneously, presenting problems to both anglers and skippers.

White Dove, from Diani, went out on trials after repairs, and caught a Sailfish, while missing strikes from Wahoo on live bait, plus a load of Frigate Mackerel, The latter make excellent live baits, which ensure action when lures fail, even if many don’t hook-up! There have been reports that big Yellowfin Tuna are running in the Pemba Channel this year, but it needs some boats to investigate. At Mtwapa, Justin Walters and Jameel Khan on Rosanne released a Sailfish

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At Watamu, Tarka found a Wahoo, six Kingfish and a Giant Trevally last Sunday, while Alleycat reported lots of Yellowfin on the Banks, but was finding them hard to catch, landing some and some Wahoo as well.

White Mischief ran up to the North Kenya banks, where they saw plenty of big Yellowfin, but they were hard to hook, and they landed three between 25 and 30 kgs. The water was green out there, not the best conditions for fish. The night was spent fishing for Broadbill Swordfish, but the full moon was a handicap, as the fish stay deep in strong moonlight, with only a few strikes which did not hook up. They will no doubt be trying again when the moon is dark.

No reply from Malindi this week but I heard that Eclare had a good catch of Tuna on the North Kenya bank, and no news from Lamu either – most areas short of clients as business usually goes quiet mid September and October.

Tim Collins and his team is back out here, looking for Whales in his research- he would be interested to hear of any sightings along the coast, but the whales seem to be fewer this year than recently.

14th September 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

It has been a quiet week for trips out fishing, and most skippers have been short of clients, but there have been plenty of smaller fish on the Watamu Banks, and Marlin are being seen but are not feeding and coming up to the baits. This can change overnight, but what activates the fish is not well understood, currents, water temperatures, weather all play their part.

Tarka has been the busiest boat this last week,, out on Saturday and releasing a Sailfish, while adding Wahoo, one of which scaled at 32kgs, a big fish, plus some Yellowfin Tuna. On Monday and Tuesday they boated some Wahoo and Tuna, and saw Marlin finning on the surface most days, but these fish did not come up to the baits! There is not much one can do about that!

The same boat had a busy day on Wednesday, with four Giant Trevally, eight Kingfish up to 18kgs, six Yellowfin and three Dorado to keep the anglers busy.

Alleycat was out for a half day on Tuesday, which was a really miserable day weather-wise with winds and rain squalls most of the day, Live baiting produced strikes from Wahoo and Kingfish, but luck was not on their side and all the bigger fish fell off the line – a day more suitable for hot rum toddies in the bar later, rather than cold beers!

Tina Harris, who with her team have been running the tagging program for many years, has been awarded the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) World-wide Annual Award for Conservation , a great honour as this is a major prestigious prize. Well done Tina, well deserved and Kenya salutes you and the team. We hope more skippers will tag their billfish, as nearly all these are released, but not all with tags. Tagged fish from Kenya have been recovered many thousands of miles away, yielding valuable information to scientists.

Peponi at Lamu and Diani have had nothing to report this week, so we hope business will improve and there will be more reports next week.

7th September 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

There have not been a lot of fishing trips made in the last week but good fishing conditions prevailed and catches of marlin have been reported in the area of the Banks, while there are still some bigger Yellowfin Tuna further out in the Rips.

Fishing out of Watamu, Tarka caught and released two Black Marlin last Friday, together with some Yellowfin, then followed this with a busy day on Monday with a mixed bag of two Wahoo, three Kingfish, two Yellowfin and a Barracuda. On Wednesday they caught and released a nice Bull Shark estimated at 175 kgs, as well as boating a Wahoo and a Kingfish so a good week for this boat.

Alleycat trolled some big baits around the Canyon and the Mountains looking for a big marlin but no luck there, so went closer in to the Banks where they caught two smaller Black Marlin, estimated around 80 -90 kgs, which were duly released, as well as boating some Yellowfin, for an active day. Experienced regular anglers, don’t just want to catch a marlin, but want a big marlin!. August and early September are good months for marlin off Watamu, and there are usually some big ones caught, but the average runs about 80 -120 kgs. Blue marlin normally arrive later in the season, generally being found further out in the deeper water, January to March being the best time.

From Hemingways, Bamara had three yellowfin with Dicky Evans fishing, and Seastorm found some Kingfish another day. The latter boat with Mr Maneesh and family found a Yellowfin Tuna and three Kingfish, and the boats have also had the extra thrill of seeing the Humpback Whales around the Banks.

Kingfisher boats at Malindi had a website report of Neptune releasing a Sailfish and landing a 27kg Kingfish, a good sized one for this species, over a week ago but no other reports for this week, while from Diani there was nothing to report this week. So not a lot of fishing this week, lets hope for more action next week.

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Photos courtesy of Alleycat

31st August 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

The new fishing season has been under way for a few weeks, with initially rough weather which has calmed down recently. There were good catches of Black Marlin late July and early August in the Banks area, and some big Yellowfin Tuna were caught around mid August onward in the Rips. Not many trips were made but business is expected to perk up with the calmer weather.

Tarka, with skipper Callum Looman, is always one of the first boats to get going, and had an active three days out with regular angler Peter Hofmann. They released three Black Marlin from the four that were raised, and five Sailfish were also released from seven strikes. They also had good mixed bags of Wahoo, Yellowfin and Kingfish, so a good start to the season.

Alleycat was out in the Rips and made some good catches of Yellowfin Tuna, running to over 30 kgs in mid August, while Eclare from Malindi, found Yellowfin with the biggest making 62 kgs one trip and 48kgs another.

Neptune, from Malindi, has been catching Sailfish, two one day released and singles on other days, and released a Shark as well. Most boats are catching good mixed bags of Wahoo, Yellowfin and Kingfish around the Banks, while the bigger Yellowfin are further out in the Rips.

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Photo courtesy of Danny Thomas - White Mischief

Later in August, Tarka fished by Martina and Ronald for several days, releasing a Black Marlin and fighting another on light tackle for over two hours before losing the fish. Alleycat had three days with Ben Finger, and caught a nice Marlin which was released after a very acrobatic display, and the same angler caught a good Giant Trevally, but eventually half of his catch was eaten by sharks. Sharks are always present on the banks and present a risk to bigger fish which take time to bring to the boat. Tarka’s score so far is four Marlin and ten Sail, with several Marlin spotted tailing but not coming up to the baits. We hope they get hungry and star feeding on baits soon !

There are also humpback whales around the Banks, an additional thrill for anglers, while some boats take out parties of whale watchers who are not fishing.

A good catch of four Sailfish was reported from Manda Bay recently but no details. No reports from Mtwapa, Mombasa and south yet this season. 

7th December 2019

Written by David Slater for Captain Andy's

 

The wind seemed to have changed to the north-east, but over the last few days it was back in the south-east again, confusing for the fish but there have been some good catches regardless, with reports of more activity along the south coast.

Furaha, at Diani, has been out a few times, and on a successful overnight trip, they caught and released three Broadbill Swordfish from five strikes. A busy night and a very good hook-up rate for this species which are notoriously difficult to hook successfully. The largest was in the 50-60 kg range. Two other day trips resulted in a couple of Sailfish daily, plus some Wahoo averaging 15kgs so some good fishing here.

Freetyme, fished by Abbas Samji, found a Wahoo and a Yellowfin Tuna, both over 20kgs, while Dream Catcher, fished by Hitem Kumar, found a Wahoo of 21kgs – there is definitely a run of good-sized Wahoo in the Tiwi-Diani area.

Off Watamu, Alleycat released a Black Marlin and a Sailfish, and has been doing some bottom fishing, getting a variety of Snappers and Grouper. Seastorm, from Hemingways, tagged a Sailfish near the Boiling Pot and caught some Baitfish.

White Mischief tried an overnight trip, running down to the Vipingo ledge where conditions seemed good on a moonless night, and missed a Sailfish en route. The night yielded only one strike, a small Swordfish, duly released, and the next morning the boat tried the Rips, which looked good with clean, blue water, but sadly no fish were raised, despite the promising looking conditions.

Kingfisher have had a boat run up to Lamu for a five day safari, doing a lot of jigging for a variety of bottom species, on the return trip to Malindi, they found five Sailfish - a satisfying end to their trip.

With the holidays approaching, more trips will be made in all areas and we should be getting a wider range of reports – while hopefully the wind will settle into the north.

Photos courtesy of Furaha Fishing,

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