There have not been many trips made this week, but reports tell of a lot of green water, thought to be caused by strong underwater currents –conditions which slow the fishing and make the fish unresponsive.
Tarka caught a sailfish very close to the Watamu mlango while on the Banks they have found some yellowfin and wahoo. Another day, out on the Rips, they lost both a striped marlin and a nice blue marlin – interesting to find these fish there early in the season, but it gives boats one option in the Malindi Festival this weekend, if the sail are difficult in Malindi waters. Unreel also had a sailfish very close to the mlango, but this has always been a good sailfish area – the stretch from close in on the Banks along in front of Watamu village to the mlango is Â known as ‘sailfish alley’!
From Malindi, Tega found a sailfish one day, while on a trip out to the North Kenya Banks yellowfin tuna were caught but no really big ones, but the 78kg fish on Neptune last week shows that some huge fish are around in that area. This is another option in the competition, for the faster boats, but it is a long way to go to find the tuna are not up!
At the Malindi Festival, it is interesting to note that only two giant trevally a day will score points, only if released – a change from last years rules. Most skippers and anglers feel that tournaments should be fished using trolling, rather then deep jigging or other bottom fishing methods, although this is controversial.