More fish around as weather warms
Boats are still not going out much with few fishermen in the hotels as yet, but the weather seems to be warming up with calmer days and some trips have shown that the fish are responding to improved conditions, with Yellowfin appearing in most areas, some big ones on the North Kenya Banks and now the Rips off Watamu and ‘schoolies’ arriving all over the place together with their accompanying sharks!
Out from Hemingways on B’s Nest, Gary Lemke tagged a Black Marlin, as well as weighing three Wahoo, with the biggest at 17kgs, three Yellowfin and a Dorado, while two days previously, on the same boat, he was playing a shark which was close to the boat, when there was a flurry of strange activity, ending in an inert weight on the line and the head of a Blacktip Shark appeared, with the rest of the fish having been devoured by another huge shark – the head weighed 40 kgs – not worth wasting a tag on that!!
Wahoo are shoaling on the Banks now, and Phil Revett and Keith Asherwood on Ol Jogi caught eight in the day, as well as three yellowfin and some dorado, while Billy Lynch, a regular angler on this tackle, on the same boat a day earlier tagged a sailfish on fly. Tarka released a marlin, and Castle Lager a sail, Alleycat released a sail and weighed a shark, while on most trips the boats are catching wahoo, yellowfin, dorado and trevally for good mixed bags.
At Malindi also, clients were few, but Neptune had a four day booking with four clients from South African group Island Safaris. They decide to try north from Ngomeni where the boat was based, but soon found shoals of yellowfin tuna in a non-stop feeding frenzy. Ending up with 33 yellowfin, six kingfish and a sailfish, they never got far towards Ziwayu as planned !
Next day was a similar story, with a marlin leaping on a bait as they approached a shoal of tuna and then with all the lines screaming off with the yellowfin, ended with five of those boated and the marlin tagged ! Finishing the day with 23 more yellowfin, twelve kingfish, a sail and several other small fish, this is indeed amazing fishing, and the party still have two days to go!
Skipper Angus Paul saw an incident he had never seen before in all his many years at sea, a yellowfin tuna on the line and about eight kingfish rushing in and devouring it on the line – always something new in fishing!
The Malindi International Fishing Festival will, from this year, be known as The Herbie Paul Fishing Festival ( Oct 17/18 ). It will have a new sponsor, from UK, and this sponsorship will also cover the Churchill Trophy ( Light Tackle – Oct 16 ). Prizes will include fishing tackle, bronzes & glassware and this should be a very popular tournament. It is the oldest tournament along the coast, with this year being the 50th, so the Club will be making a special effort !
LATHAM ISLAND FISHING TOURNAMENT, Tanzania – SEPTEMBER – 24 – 27th 2009
KENYA BOATS TAKE TOP PRIZES
The Latham Island tournament ended with boats from Kenya – TARKA, BLACK WIDOW and UNREEL winning the top three positions with Bs NEST and SEA STORM finishing in the top ten positions. With a total of 27 boats entered, not one had a billfish during the competition although lots of Tuna. were caught, mostly small sizes, with a few over 30 kg.