Fishing action still seems slow along the whole coast, although some days the yellowfin tuna turn on their feeding mode and good catches have been made. Sailfish are still hard to find but there is still time as the peak of the sail season around the Malindi area is usually at the end of November, with the Lamu area peaking earlier in the month, but it has been slow at Lamu this year so far.
At Mombasa, skipper Eligio in his boat Inca, found two sail en route to Funzi Island, as well as wahoo and tuna, with one of the sail caught on 8kg line by regular angler Hans. Fishing at Mombasa, he caught a silvertip shark, some sail and wahoo so it looks as if the fishing improving in that area. Alessandrio in Patrizia II on another trip to the off shore seamount, had a strike from a medium size blue marlin, which fell off the hook after thirty seconds, and found plenty of school size bigeye tuna.
White Bear and Seastorm, from Hemingways at Watamu, went for an overnight trip to the Rips and though they had three strikes from swordfish, none of these hooked up, but they did get a good haul of bottom fish and over fifty yellowfin between them. On Ol Jogi, a group of four anglers from South Africa hooked into a very big black marlin, estimated about 270kgs, which kept them all busy for three and a half hours till sadly the line broke. But some great pictures of the fish jumping were recorded, so an exciting story!
Alleycat caught a bullshark in the Canyon area, and earlier in the week they also released a whitetip shark and weighed a big wahoo at 34kgs, while Castle Lager has had a couple of sail in recent trips. But the best action seems far out around the North Kenya Banks, where Clueless tagged a swordfish and Tega a big blue marlin.