P.O. Box 29
Subject: Kingfisher Weekly Report week ending 24th Oct
The weather. Generally a good week sunny, calm with winds getting stronger in the afternoons.
Monday was all rain,recording 4 inches, but nothing since. The moon is bright at the moment with full moon on the 27th.
I was in Tsavo at the beginning of the week. Managed to stay ahead of the rain all the way up, although Tsavo had very little of Mondays rain, but enough to scatter the wild life far and wide. Wonderful to have 3 days peace and quiet, just wondering slowly around studying the wildlife. Wonderful birds, although many of the migrants have not arrived yet. Back to Malindi on the Wednesday on the eve of the Churchill Cup and the CMC Malindi International Fishing Festival. The fishing up until Thursday was a little erratic and difficult with a few sail being caught, so I shall just concentrate on the 2 tournaments which took place over the weekend.
This weekend the Malindi Sea Fishing Club hosted the Malindi International Fishing Festival and the Churchill Cup. The Churchill Cup is a light tackle tournament over one day - Friday. This event was ably sponsored by Mr. Allan Sibley through his fishing tackle shop called Avanta in the UK, together with Tina and Mark Allan who own Kulalu Camp and Simba Sport Fishing in Watamu. The Driftwood Beachclub was again very much in evidence supplying all fishermen with a very welcome cold beer as they entered the weigh in area. There is a certain amount of prestige attached in winning this tournament and I would have expected a few more entries than just the seven boats. However, a lot of fun was had by all, the fishing was good, the sea clear and reasonably calm, and the atmosphere very good. There was nothing too serious about the tournament, but the competitive spirit was very much alive. The final results were - First Kipapa from Mtwapa, fished by Steve Riddles and Howard Lawrence-Brown with 5 sailfish. Second was Snark fished by the Gibsons and Mike, all from South Africa with 4 sailfish. Maureen Gibson got a nice fish on 4 kg line. Third was Eclare fished by a Party Ruud van Linden a Dutch crew with 4 sailfish. Prize giving was soon after the weigh in and given away by Tina Allen.
The CMC Motors Group sponsored Malindi International Fishing Tournament took place on the Saturday and Sunday with the boat auction on the Friday evening. This was well attended and Jim Faulkner our auctioneer, did a magnificent job. What a difference when a real professional gets motivated. Coffee and a slug of Brandy on the jetty set everyone up fo a great days fishing on a perfect sunny, calm, day. Plenty of fish about and all 16 boats had plenty of action. Ol Jogi and Eclare were in the lead after the first day with 7 sailfish each and not far behind were 2 teams on 5 sailfish each including sponsors team of Martin Forster, Ronnie Andrews and myself. Martin did well with 3 sailfish which included one fish he poached from myself. Talk about rod grabbing. But as he managed to get the fish and it was his birthday, congratulations on both counts was in order.
Sunday, the 2 nd and final day dawned sunny and clear and after being suitably fortified by Terry Hill with his coffee and brandy on the jetty all boats set off at 6.30 am. Unfortunately I found myself alone on SnowGoose, as both Martin and Ronnie had been laid low by a dreaded allergy, so the prospect of a multiple strike and only one angler suddenly became a possibility. Nothing much happened in the morning, a few fish up to the boat but no takers. I only saw fish jumping behind Neptune, who had 5 sailfish by midday. Then around 2 pm it happened. A triple crash strike, all 3 jumping and running fast. The center line was cut by a lighter line within a minute, but I managed to tag and release the other two. Good fishing all round, a little slow at times but plenty of fish being seen, missed, lost and released. Final results then.
First Eclare Robert Duff, Ian Fenton and Batian with 11 sailfish, Second Ol Jogi fished by Medley, Gai Cullen and Rob Hellier with 8 sailfish, Third B'nest fished by Adam Ogden and Garry MacIntyre with 8 sailfish and Fourth SnowGoose fished by Martin Forster, Ronnie Andrews and myself with 8 sailfish. Fith was Neptune fished by Russell Brumby, Thomas Wright and Angus with 7 sailfish and Sixth was Tarka fished by Phil Rivett and Callum Looman with 7 sailfish.
The heaviest other fish was a wahoo of 29.5 kg caught by young Millie Dury off Tega.
Everybody fishing this weekend must have seen the trawlers operating pretty close inshore off Mambrui and the Sabaki river estuary and will have noticed the trail of dead fish left behind on the trawlers track. I also saw some dead moray eels. These eels do not live in the mud but in the rocks and coral. To see this with your own eyes is highly disturbing, particularly as there seems to be nothing we can do about it by pursuing the normal channels - meeting after meeting after meeting and nothing happens. Why can our Government not realize that the little money they get from the commercial boys is short term, and when they have finally destroyed the area they will just move on, leaving behind an area devoid of any economic value and which could take many years to recover, if ever.
On a different note - the ringnet. If you remember last week we left it that the DC would have a meeting in his office at 9 am with representatives from both sides. After hearing what everyone had to say he ruled that with immediate effect the ring nets stop operating indefinably until certain conditions on the license are met. Our thanks must go to Athman Seif of Malindi and Steve Trott of Turtle Watch from Watamu, for doing an excellent job in presenting the case against ring netting. Also of course to our DC for having the courage, against strong opposition, to stop this destruction. Well done Sir. I hope this ban becomes permanent, otherwise the local fishermen will be up in arms again.
Please remember all you fishermen that on 6th and 7th November the Malindi Sea Fishing Club hosts the Mathews/deVilliers memorial toutrnament. We hope to see as many of you as possible here in Malindi over this tournament
P.O. Box 29