The wind seems firmly set blowing from the south-east now, and this has changed the pattern of the fishing with the billfish having moved away from the Rips, far out, on their annual migration, presumably to their spawning grounds as they do not seem to breed in our waters.
At Malindi, the boats are still finding some sailfish and smaller fish, while at Watamu some black marlin have been caught around the Banks, where there are also wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dorado to be found, and the odd sailfish keeps appearing to keep anglers on their toes!
Alleycat found a black marlin on last Monday, which they released, and they also had another marlin a couple of days earlier, following a day with four sail and a big wahoo of 24kgs, so this boat has been having a good run on the home waters –
skipper Pete Darnborough has been fishing these waters for over thirty years now!
Tega found three sail, and Seahorse two sail and three wahoo, the biggest of the latter weighing 18kgs, so these are good sized fish, much bigger than the ten kilo average of the normal run of these fish in March.
Seastorm, from Hemingways, found a school of yellowfin and landed fifteen of these at an average size of six kilos, which kept angler Richard Noble busy, as he also had three kingfish, two wahoo and a dorado for a bagful of fish.
B’s Nest tagged a sail for Martin Davidson, and the rest of the family helped to land three dorado and a yellowfin, while White Bear caught six wahoo and four dorado, so plenty of these smaller fish to keep anglers busy.
Simba tagged six sailfish earlier in the week with Roger Fergus and Andrew Mansfield to give them a day to remember.
This type of fishing is great fun for families and we can expect it to last over the Easter holidays when hotels are crowded with holiday-makers from upcountry.
The Kenya Association of Sea Anglers, KASA, is holding their end season party on a dhow trip up Mida Creek on the afternoon of April 6th – the annual raffle with it’s exciting prizes will be drawn and an evening of festivity guaranteed – everyone is welcome and these trips are always good fun.