The kaskazi, the north-east wind, has started to blow daily now, and the fish have responded with sailfish, particularly, reported all along the coast so prospects look good for fishing over the holiday period.
Catch of the week must go to Cheza, fishing out from Manda Bay at Lamu. The boat went out for a morning trip, and returned for a late lunch flying flags for a black, a blue and a striped marlin and a two sailfish – a super grand slam in a morning’s trip – what an amazing day! Marlin have also been caught in the Pemba Channel, where Simba fishing from Shimoni, tagged a blue and a striped marlin and Shuwari from Diani, also had a stripey.
From Watamu Tarka found two black marlin, and another day off Malindi the same boat scored a marlin and three sailfish, while Neptune also had a black marlin of 53kgs. Soolyman ran to the NKB and released three broadbill on an overnight trip, then caught a blue marlin as they went home in the morning, so there is quite a bit of marlin activity everywhere.
But it is the sailfish that are making the news, as they seem to have appeared in most of the fishing areas.
Ken Rodwell at Mtwapa had half a dozen sail one day, while even more remarkable was the story from Bryan Matiba at Diani, where his crewman Juma asked to borrow the dinghy for a day if he put the fuel in. Juma then went out and was top scorer from all the boats with five sailfish and a very big kingfish of 20kgs – enough to fuel the boat for another day! Great fishing!
Iron Barde from Kilifi caught three sail one day, while Contagious at Watamu also had three sail and Seahorse a pair of sail off Malindi.
Alleycat has had half a dozen sail on a few trips over the last ten days, and found yellowfin tuna, wahoo and giant trevally. They missed two marlin strikes this Wednesday, but a run to the Rips found no activity there, but with good conditions and the rips showing well, a northerly current and water temperatures up to 84F skipper Pete is confident the marlin will soon be there as more boats test the area.