September continues to be a very quiet month in the fishing business, with fewer trips than I remember for very many years, but this is good news for the fish and on those days when a boat gets amongst them there have been good catches.
Adrian Paul got away from his desk and took Snark for a test run after her overhaul down to the Banks where they soon had a marlin jumping on a Rappala – it was only a month ago that Adrian remarked in his newsletter that in twelve years he had never had a marlin on a Rappala! It did shake the hooks free however, but an hour later another black marlin again hooked itself on a Rappala! This time, with Abubakar on the rod, the marlin was fought to the boat and duly released, a healthy fish around 100kgs. The lure was in fact a Halco lure, similar to the Rappala and regarded by some anglers as superior, but if one insists on catching marlin on these triple hook lures one should replace the hooks on the bought lure with stronger ones. A good day already but on returning to the Banks, they found the wahoo running and caught nine in an hour before going home. More test runs are planned!
Con Jooste continue his run of sailfish on fly with another two successful days, Eclare finding plenty of sail finning in the She Shale area and raising several to the teasers. It’s good to hear these fish are there, but it is usually later in October before they start to come up in quantity to provide the sport for which Malindi is famous. This bodes well for the Herbie Paul International tournament at the end of that month over the holiday.
The Watamu boats were all away this week for the Latham island tournament, but the fishing there was quiet this year, with tuna and wahoo on the first day, but billfish action warmed up the second day, with Natasha catching two striped marlin to win top honours and Simba, from Watamu, in second place with one striped marlin, while third went to Joint Venture. Natasha, a 35ft Cabo Express was formerly based at Watamu, but was sold and now stays in Dar-es-salaam. Black Widow and Unreel found a broadbill each on the night run back from Tanzania to compensate for not being on the podium in the tournament.
Alleycat did not make this trip, so was busy here with trips catching wahoo, a spinner shark and tuna with Kevin Ibrahim and a mixed bag of two wahoo, two kingfish, two yellowfin and a barracuda with Geoff Jones, while another trip yielded nine wahoo, and Castle Lager recorded a sailfish released on a couple of trips.
Reading that a minister was releasing billions of shillings for the fishing industry, one can’t imagine much of this trickling down to the sport fishing business. but tourism does need help, increasing the numbers of visitors, and both infrastructure and security seriously need improvement. Writing in the dark again with power off, as it was last week also when I wrote, and having to shift the article from one laptop to another as the battery fades is hardly my vision for 2030!