Capt Andy's Fishing News
Christmas is almost here, and at Watamu that means the Watamu SFC annual Xmas tournament, to be fished on Dec 28th and 29th from Ocean Sports.
Santa Claus will be bringing an amazing gift this year, as Capt Andy's and Yamaha Marine, who are sponsoring the tournament, are offering as the first prize a boat! A Yamaha W-19 fibreglass boat, must be quite the best prize ever offered in a tournament along the coast, a real incentive for all to enter.
And to give the smaller boats a real chance to beat the big professionals, all the teams points on each boat will be divided by the length of their boat, with boats over 30 ft all counted as 35ft. So, hook into a stripey with your 17ft family fisher and the big boys will need two marlin and then some to beat you – this must be an challenge no one can refuse!
Boats can start from any port the first day, at 6.30am, and pass the mlango at Watamu by 4.30pm, weighing in at Ocean Sports, while the second day start is 6.30am from Watamu and back 4.30pm again. Drinks, eats and festivities at Ocean Sports, with the prize giving immediately after the weigh-in on Saturday.
There are still plenty of sail around, mainly off Malindi and Mambrui, but some around the banks also. Alleycat found a stripey out near the Rips recently, although not many boats have been fishing there yet, and there are plenty of giant trevally on the Banks, but only four of these can be allowed to score in the tournament, and sharks do not count at all.
As many anglers as one likes, so the family can all go out, with a seven rods limit; you'll need to tag six sail to equal one marlin, but some black marlin have also been caught recently so there is a real chance for anyway to hit the jackpot in this one!
Christmas is the season when all the private boats come down from upcountry on their trailers, and there are usually over a hundred boats to be seen in the water in Turtle Bay The seas are calm, and there are plenty of sailfish around, and a striped marlin was caught near the Rips recently, so the omens are good!
Last Saturday at Malindi ten boats took part in the annual Popes Trophy, a charity event raising money for the Alister Educational Trust. Notable were the number of young anglers taking part, with the team of Russ Brumby and his two sons Peter and Herbie winning on Neptune.. They were running equal with Nigel de Souza and Brendan O'Reilly on Eclare with four sail on each boat, when a treble hookup out of the blue in the last hour clinched first place, with young Peter coming Top Angler with four sail.
White Dove came third, with Arthur and Jackson Brown and Andrew and Arran Paul fishing, they had two sail and a big dorado of 12.5 kgs which took the prize for the best other fish for Arran. Generously sponsored by Capt Andy's, Ian and Batian Craig from Lewa Conservancy and Richard Collins from Kakuzi, all the youngsters won a prize so it was voted a very successful weekend.
The striped marlin have settled in the Pemba Channel now, where Pat Hemphill took out Kim Stuart and his two teenaged daughters and a friend, Three boats out saw twenty marlin, while on Broadbill all three girls caught their first marlin and Kim added a sail for a fantastic day – they'll all be hooked on fishing now!
Shuwari caught two stripeys, while Jasiri had one and a couple of sail, so flags galore at Shimoni. Simba went down there from Watamu, and yesterday they had two stripeys, one estimated at over 90 kgs, a very big one indeed, so it is all action down south.
At Watamu, Alleycat found a striped marlin near the Outer Mountains on the way out to the Rips, and sailfish are being caught in the area too. Overnight trips are popular,with Unreel scoring two broadbill for Montarell Luca who was accompanied by Alessandrio Gangio, a regular here well known as a fishing photo-journalist with articles in Marlin magazine in the USA.
Garry and Gai Cullen went fly fishing in Simba from Hemingways, and they tagged six sail on fly – three each luckily, so avoiding a marital argument! B's Nest found ten sail one day for John and Andrew Chandler and Lee Morris with Ol Jogi scoring six and Kaskazi five that same day, the fish obviously biting well!.
And this is to remind small boats, don't forget your rod and leave it behind!! (OPEN ATTACHMENTS for pics!)
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