The weather has improved with warmer days and calmer seas, and the fish seem to have responded positively with some very good big yellow fin tuna being caught and several small black marlin showing and being more active at taking the baits. Live baiting with frigate mackerel is catching these big tuna around the canyon/mountains area, interesting as these fish are often seen jumping but are notoriously shy and difficult to catch.
Biggest yellow fin so far was a monster of 82kgs caught by Stuart Scott on Tarka, while the same angler with son Callum on their own small boat Shika, boated two yellow fin of 64 and 55kgs both impressive fish – only those who have caught such battlers know hard these fight, especially on stand- up tackle.
Last weekend a small boat competition was held by Ocean Sports part of the Watamu festival week, and Bryan Matiba and Jodie Thomas won with a black marlin of 91kgs as well as a 43kgs yellow fin, while second was the team of Callum Scott, Johny Yakas and friends with two yellow fin of 45 and 30kgs and a 25kg wahoo, good catches in small boats, on a nice day with calmer seas. Ocean Sports manager Florian found a 25kgs giant trevally on his spinning tackle which was released to celebrate his birthday!
Sean Darnborough caught his first black marlin in his dinghy, while Dad Pete had a fun day in big boat Allleycat with 200kgs of yellow fin, running up to 48kgs, so good fishing off Watamu.
Malindi boats have been active with Snow goose finding a black marlin one day and a 49kgs yellow fin the previous day.Eclare also had a big tuna 44kgs followed the next day with a black marlin and a sail.
Ol Jogi from Watamu tagged a striped marlin and Tarka released two blacks recently, so the marlin are beginning to show.
In Lamu Cheza from Manda Bay released five sailfish on a recent trip so the sail running up north.
Hemingways now have the grander (1054lbs) black marlin up on the wall in the bar, a great tribute to Kenya fishing.