In early 1959 a group of enthusiastic sea fishermen started the Malindi Sea Fishing Club, using a room and the veranda at Lawford’s Hotel as their premises and near the end of that year the first tournament was held and has been running annually ever since.
The first competition of the season, this function will be held next weekend at Malindi preceded on the Friday by the Churchill Light tackle event using only lines of 10kg breaking strain or less on formula. Sailfish normally are the primary target, and it is good to see that these fish are around, with Neptune having a couple of exciting days fishing at the end of September, catching not only six and five sail, but over 200kgs of yellowfin tuna each day as well, while Eclare also had three sail for Philip from Germany.
There is already a good entry with international anglers arriving from overseas, as this is a qualifying tournament with the winning team getting entry for the prestigious International Game Fishing – IGFA – Offshore Championship held annually in sailfish hotspots around central America.
Ol Jogi from Hemingways, which won this local tournament last year, had a good day with angler Adam Culley and found three sailfish around Sail Alley, close in on the Banks, while Alex Paphatis in B’s Nest also tagged a sail the previous day on a morning trip. Earlier in the week, Castle Lager tagged a sail on two consecutive days, while Contagious boated three wahoo, but the other boats have had a quiet time with few clients, but this should change as anglers arrive for the tournament to kickstart the fishing season, especially if the sailfish really turn on off Malindi.
From Shimoni, veteran skipper Pat Hemphill took Charles Aston and his son Andrew in Broadbill and raised three separate striped marlin, from which Andrew hooked and released one – his first marlin. Encouraging news, perhaps this will be Shimoni’s year for a bonanza!
Saturday Oct 26th will see an open day fishing show at Capt Andy’s Creek marina at Nyali. All the latest fishing gimmickry, boats, engines and fishing tackle will be on show, plus top local skippers to expound how to catch that monster with their special techniques – a must for all keen anglers.