As November ends we expect the wind to change and the north-east monsoon, the kaskazi, should start to blow, but as yet the wind is merely east and very gentle with hot, calm mornings. But already the sailfishing has started to look up, with Wednesday seeing Eclare catch three, Seastorm and White Bear two each and Ol Jogi one in the waters off Mambrui. The anglers on Seastorm raised four sailfish, and hooked and tagged two, on fly tackle, good fishing. Earlier, Seahorse had a pair of sail to top the day’s catch.
The North Kenya Bank has been a busy area recently, with Neptune from Malindi fighting a very big blue marlin estimated around 400kgs, unfortunately it took a lure on 24kg line which broke, while on another trip they tagged four sailfish.
Tega, fishing up from Watamu on an overnight trip, had a very good trip, tagging a blue marlin estimated at 230kgs, a tiger shark, a sailfish and finally hooking into a 80kg black marlin near the Boiling Pot en route home which was duly tagged and released, a brilliant trip. B’s Nest with Swiss clients, also did an overnight trip, ending with a blacktip shark released and 100kgs of yellowfin, but no luck with broadbill. Seastorm and White Bear also fished the NKB, having three broadbill strikes but no hook ups, but returning with over 1000kgs of tuna and snappers between them.
Fishing was slow at the Lamu tag and release tournament, Clueless being the only boat with a sail the first day. Cheza tagged a sail the second day, and Clueless had a small black marlin of 80kgs on 10kg line which was tagged, but did not score due to exceeding the time limit, as the competition is designed for sailfish. The latter boat found two sail on the way home to Malindi however.
From Watamu, Alleycat released a good black marlin estimated at 160kgs and both Unreel and Castle Lager had a pair of big kingfish over 20kgs.