P.O. Box 29
Subject: Kingfisher Weekly Report week ending Sunday 12th September 2004
The whole of this last week the weather has been windy with rough seas, and just a few spots of rain. The moon has been in the last quarter, new moon will be on the 14th, current has been running north. Water temp. is quite cold around 75 degrees. Early in the week water was green, but cleared up towards the end of the week. Water in Malindi Bay was very clear, you could see the bottom.
For rather uncomfortable weather conditions the fishing, further north has been fantastic.
Monday - Eclare had 2 sailfish and some rainbow runner, but the weather was nasty and uncomfortable. The yellowfin seem to have gone, or they have been clobbered by Purse Seainer. Quite a few Whales seen today.
Tuesday - Neptune had 4 sailfish with some bonito and a kingfish. Again the weather was not good.
Wednesday - Neptune out again , still rough and windy. They had 8 sailfish but saw very many sail, also lost many which were hooked and jumping.
Thursday - the seas were the worst yet, but Eclare tagged 24 sailfish and saw so many they could not believe it, the sea was alive with sailfish. They never motored for more than 10 mins without a strike, and many times they had five or more fish trying to kill the teaser at the same time. I think that 24 sailfish in one day on one boat could be some kind of record for the Malindi area. The fishermen on this day were 3 young girls and a young man Cloe Brown, Kuki Avery, Edwina Sercombe and Harry Brainch. Kipapa, from Mtwapa was also there and got 7 sailfish.
Friday - Tina was the only boat out out, fishing the Malindi\Banks area. Still nasty weather with the ambient temp. dropping a little. They lost one sailfish and got one.
Saturday - Eclare got 5 sailfish. Again Batian said sailfsih were everywhere but not taking well. The little brown crabs and the mantis prawons were also in evidence. Wind dropping in the evening.
Sunday - Eclare and Tina out. Not so windy early in the morning but certainly increasing by 9 - 10 o'clock, and a drop in temp again. Quite cold with this wind, and a little rain .Catharina has a jersey on. Temp 69 deg F 20C at midday today. Tina had some bonito and 10 yellowfin. Eclare had 5 sailfsih, and both crew and fishermen were wet and cold all day.
It seems from all reports that we may have a good sailfish season unless of course something drastic happens.
There is a sequel to last weeks story of the whale caught in a shark net. Apparently the whale watchers operating out of Watamu had not seen a whale all day. Then at about the same time that the whale was released from the net whales suddenly appeared all over the place at Watamu, jumping and playing about. Now is this just pure coincedence? I would like to think not, but how will we ever know?
Many kingfish are being caught by the small boats fishing behind the trawlers in Malindi Bay.
The grounding of East African Safari Air Express will cause chaos in our tourist industry. I can not understand why Gevernment has not stepped in to keep the airline flying and ensure that the Tourists keep coming. People who wish to visit Kenya find it very difficult to get a flight, and to avoid all the hassle just give up and go somewhere elso.
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