Most of the recent fishing news has come from the Malindi/ Watamu area but this week, boats have been reporting from the far north to our southern shores as good weather persists, with some light morning showers.
With sailfish action so slow around Malindi waters, skipper Angus took two boats, Neptune and Eclare to Kiwaiyu where they found good fishing, and have so far found about a dozen sailfish. November has always been a prime month for sail in this area, and soon there will be a number of fly fishing enthusiasts trying their luck here, so good to see the fish are there.
Tarka has moved in the opposite direction, and running south to compete in the annual Latham Island Tournament, they released a marlin and a sailfish in the Mombasa area en route, while the next day, somewhere near Tanga, they released a nice 140kg marlin. With form like this, we wish them well in the tournament, which they have won on several previous occasions.
At Watamu, Unreel had a good day releasing a marlin and a sailfish while Nick Michaelides with Rob Hellier, have had fun fishing in the Yamaha 23 dinghy, with a good giant trevally on 10kg line, as well as a barracuda and plenty of bottom fish. Out from Malindi, Soolyman ran to the North Kenya Bank and released a small broadbill swordfish while missing a couple of other strikes on an overnight trip, and catching also some yellowfin and bottom fish.
The wind has moved into the east for the last few days, and while it is still early for the switch to the north-east wind, the kaskazi, it is an indication. This change is the signal for marlin particularly to move into our waters, while the sailfish which at present are in the Lamu area normally move south, with the first two weeks in December the peak time in the famous waters off Malindi and Mambrui. With Christmas and the overseas holiday season approaching, tourism numbers should improve and more boats will be out on the water and we hope for more news, especially from the south coast.