P.O. Box 29
Subject: Kingfisher Weekly Report week ending Sunday 3rd October 2004
Weather Winds were moderate, southerly in the early part of the week and seas calm, but the wind increased midweek and seas became lumpy. A little overcast in the morning, but generally sunny and warm.A little rain on Thursday morning 25 pts and again on Friday morning 22 pts. Water temp around 75 deg F, current running north, spring tides.
Fishing. Tuesday Snark and Eclare were out. A lovely clear and calm morning, but wind increasing in the afternoon. Eclare had 2 sailfish, 3 kingfish, 12 yellowfin, 4 rainbow runner and a barracuda. Snark was on a short day and got 2 sailfish.
Wednesday Only Tina out, and although they saw quite a few sailfish, they returned with 1 kingfisher. Not a nice day, windy and nasty sea.
Thursday, Snark fishing out of Malindi returned with a sailfish, one kingfish, and 3 yellowfin. Eclare fishing out of Ngomeni had 5 sailfish 4 yellowfin a dorado and a couple of bonito.
Friday, Snark went fishing mainly for shark, and although they saw many they could not get one to take a bait.They finished up with 2 kingfish, 4 yellowfin, 5 trevally and 2 kolikoli. Eclare fishing from Ngomeni got 2 sailfish and 7 yellowfin. Neptune also out of Ngomeni had 1 sailfish, 6 yellowfin and 3 kingfish.
Saturday, strong winds and nasty sea. Neptune and Eclare fishing off Ngomeni headland. They did not go north. Neptune 1 sailfish, 1 kingfish, 5 yellowfin. Eclare 1 sailfish and 13 yellowfin.
Sunday, strong winds and a lumpy sea. Snark out of Malindi had a sailfish, 14 yellowfin, 1 Wahoo, 1 kingfish. Eclare went up to the Kipini area, and will spend the night there, then fish that area on Monday morning, returning to Ngomeni in the evening. So we will have to wait until next week to find out what happened there.
On the commercial side the trawlers continue as before except that they can fish within one and a half nautical miles off the shore line. Three and sometimes four trawlers are operating off Malindi at this present time, visible from the shore.
The ringnet boats are operating again with devastating results. Very little of the catch comes to Malindi, most of it goes to Mombasa by lorry. On Thursday a ring net boat come into Malindi in the morning, and we understand that the Elders of Ngomeni Village threw them out of Ngomeni area never to return. We really wish that this would happen more often. The day before - Wednesday - one of these boats apparently sank because their net had too much fish in it. Most of these fish were Snappers therefore resident demersal fish living on the reef. One of the conditions for this ring net is : no fishing on the reef or inside the reef!! Apparently dead fish were floating around everywhere.
On Monday Sammy and Angus received and addition to their family, a little boy, brother for Arran who they are naming Alister. All went well and mother and son both doing alright. Seems a though little guy - no doubt a potential fisherman, as he was born on the full moon and a high spring tide.
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