Kingfisher Boats
P.O. Box 29
Malindi
Kenya
Tel: +254-42-20123
Email: kingfisher@swiftmalindi.com

Subject: Fishing Report week ending 7th March 2004
The weather this week has been calm in the morning with an offshore breeze. The North East to Easterly winds start around 10 in the morning getting stronger and gusty by evening, then dying down before midnight. The exception was Monday when quite strong winds blew all day and all night. Tuesday morning was again calm nice weather. Full moon was on Friday and the water temp. 79 to 80 deg. In the last 2 days the ambient temp - taken at 7 in the morning - dropped from around 80 deg to 75 deg. Quite a drop.


Another amazing weeks fishing with Marlin stealing the show.


On Monday Eclare fished out of Watamu up to Ngomeni trying for Marlin. No Marlin seen and ended up with some kingfish and longtail tuna. Neptune out of Ngomeni had a sailfish, 7 kingfish (one of 24 kgs) some tuna, dorado, kolikoli. No other Kingfisher boats out on this day. Tarka fishing on the Rips got a black marlin. Simba and OlJogi spent the night in Ngomeni.
On Tuesday Neptune had a black marlin, a sailfish plus kingfish, dorado, wahoo and 2 nice yellowfin of 20 kgs each. Eclare got a striped marlin plus wahoo and yellowfin. Tina fished out of Malindi. They saw quite a few sailfish, missed five and ended up with a wahoo and kawakawa. Alleycat got a black marlin on the Rips and lost a stripey. Ol Jogi & Simba left for Lamu where they will start the 2 day "Friends of Kenya" comp. Unfortunately Ol Jogi broke a shaft and came back to Ngomeni where another shaft was fitted.


Wednesday Neptune had a black marlin estimated at 180 kgs plus 2 sailfish. "Friends of Kenya" comp started today. Eclare, Ol Jogi started from Ngomeni. Simba from Lamu, all fishing on the North Kenya Banks. Early reports from these 3 boats indicated some incredible fishing with marlin and sailfish everywhere and big shoals of shark with some big individuals amongst them. By the evening Simba had a one black, one stripey, and one sailfish. Ol Jogi had a black, 2 stripeys and a sailfish, Eclare had a stripey and a sailfish. Eclare I know had 5 marlin strikes and lost them all. I imagine the other two boats had similar experiences. Any smaller fish. kinfish, wahoo etc that got hooked was devoured by sharks. Rob said he hooked a barracuda which spent most of its time in the air trying to avoid the sharks below. And so into the night which proved very disappointing. No broadbill for any of the three boats. The next day was also not so good only 1 stripey on Ol Jogi. Is it not most strange how everything can change so suddenly. Perhaps it was the full moon, in any event that's fishing. Eclare finished with 1 stripey, 3 sailfish, 9 wahoo and smaller fish. Ol Jogi won the event with 1 black marlin, 3 stripeys, and sailfish. Neptune on Thursday had 2 sailfish, 5 kingfish, 3 wahoo.


Friday was full moon and another fantastic day for Neptune with 1 black marlin, 1 striped marlin, 1 sailfsih, 4 nice grey sharks and smaller fish. Eclare went back to Watamu from Ngomeni and got a sailfish en route. Snark had a sailfish fishing out of Malindi plus a number of smaller fish.


Saturday was the 1st day of the Watamu comp. Tega started from Ngomeni and early in the morning hooked and lost a big marlin. Mark said it was the most exciting experiance, everyone saw the fish come in fast and take the bait, but after some spectacular jumps the fish threw the bait and that was that. They saw another soon after but this one did not like the menu. First reports from Neptune and Eclare indicate green water on NKB, windy and rough with a southerly current of about 6 knots. This is not good news, all wrong if you are drifting for broadbill out there, in one hour you will be a long way south of your starting point and it will take you many hours to get back against the current and wind, unless of course you can fly. A Cyclone has hit Madagascar with winds gusting to 340 kph. Nasty, and I believe it is responsible for the strong winds and this southerly current.


Sunday last day of the Watamu comp, and Neptune and Eclare return form overnight on NKB.


In the Watamu comp Pussycat caught a blue marlin - I think the first this season in our area - Alleycat had a striped marlin, and White Bear and Tarka both got a black marlin. Quite a few marlin were seen, hooked up and lost.
Eclare and Neputne returned from overnight on NKB and inspite of a strong southerly current and strong winds during the evening and night they had a boat load of fish. Neptune had 1 black marlin, 11 sailfish, 1 mako shark (all released) 19 wahoo, 3 sharks, dorado, tuna, bonito. On their way back form NKB they had a pack of sailfish up hooked 5 and got them all. Not bad going. So another great weeks fishing particularly on the NKB and the Rips. Eclare got 1 stripey and 4 sailfish, 9 sharks, 2 good yellowfin of 68 and 57 kgs, 10 wahoo, barracuda, dorado, & bonito.


The commercial nets are still getting longtail tuna and the beach seines are still working Malindi Bay in increasing numbers. The other morning I counted 14 of these nets working in the bay arount the jetty area, and they have now extended their area of operation to include Silversands reef. I saw tafi caught by this method i inch in length, 40 to a kilo, very small juveniles. This method of fishing I believe was recently banned, but it does not seem to have made much difference. The trawlers are not operating at this time, but will be starting sometime this month. More news next week.
HP

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