The Delamere Trophy was fished last weekend at Kilifi, with only one marlin being caught, but this black marlin, tagged by Snoo Colvile fishing on Tarka, won her the Lady’s Prize as well as biggest fish and the overall first place for her team with Ian and Maree Long who added four sailfish for 2160 points.
Second place went to the team on Seahorse Benjie Bowles, Jonny Havelock and Stuart Allison with five sail tagged for 1200 pts, while third were Andrew Buckoke, Erik van Vliet and Phil Revett on Clueless with three sailfish and a wahoo. Eleven boats totalled a marlin and twenty sailfish, and the Baloo team were unlucky to miss out on second place as they caught a striped marlin the second day but were time-barred. Thanks to Snoo Colvile who sponsors the competition, and congratulations to her on winning.
The SADSAS Inter-Provincial Tournament fishing out from Hemingways at Watamu continued to find the sailfish responsive for the last two days – on the Friday 51 sail were caught, with a further 44 on the Saturday to make an imposing total of 178 sail tagged in four days for the ten teams. Leading team was the Zululand blue team, with 28 sailfish for Louis de Fortfer, Robin Vermak and Ezri Ihlenveldt, followed by the Mpumalanga white team with 26 sail and the Mpumalanga blue team with 25 sail.
Top scoring boat was Tega, skippered by Steve George with an impressive 32 sail, with Ken Rodwell’s Delta and B’s Nest skippered by Mohomed Fadhili equal with 29 sail each. The best daily score was on Ol Jogi with the Zululand blue team catching thirteen sail, while Delta had a day with twelve sail and Tega eleven, so good sailfishing by any standard and much enjoyed by all the visitors.
In the Pemba Channel marlin have turned on, with Simon Hemphill reporting that he tagged five striped marlin last Monday with Ken Dodgson and John Levick from Cornwall fishing on Kamara II – in three days so far this team has had seventeen sail as well as the stripeys so good fishing there, On two days the previous week the same boat had been attached to three big marlin which had all come off so they are around.
Although the fishing in the Rips has slowed, Seastorm, with skipper Steve Webb, showed that the fish are there with a black and a striped marlin, the former estimated at 220kgs for Joerg Arend and the latter caught by Karin Arend, which with a couple of sail makes for an exceptional day’s fishing.
Hemingways continues this week with ten teams fishing the Billfish University competition, where one both fishes and learns, and with Black Widow coming home with twelve sail flags the fish are still active off Malindi.