P.O. Box 29
Subject: Kingfisher Weekly Report week ending Sunday 5th September 2004
I feel like I am getting back on track again, so will try to continue on a weekly basis.
Weather has been fine this last week. Sunny, calm with light SE wind, getting stronger in the afternoons. Water was dirty early in the week, but is now clear again. Full moon was on august 29th and so will be starting the last quarter tomorrow 6th September, dark nights coming up.
Fishing has been good this week.
Monday - Eclare and Neptune out but Neptune had to return due to sea sickness before reaching the fishing grounds. Eclare was trying for a sail on fly. They got 3 yellowfin early to avoid a skunk, and then tried all day with the fly. They had their chances, but did not score.
Tuesday - Eclare tried again and Alex Holroyd finally got his sail on fly. Well done. They ended up with 4 sailfish and a wahoo.
Wednesday - there was no fishing, although it was a beautifull sunny day.
Thursday - Eclare out with Peter Hoffman who caught 3 sail and some very nice rainbow runner on light line, 4 of which qualify for German records, and one may just get an 'All Africa Record' . No tuna seen today, dirty water, but many sail and big shoals of rainbow runner.
Friday - Eclare again, fishing with Peter Hill and family had 16 sailfish, and Batian can not remember how many were missed.
Snark went back into the water today.
Saturday - both Eclare and Neptune out. Sea sickness again forced Neptune to return early, but managed 5 sailfish and 6 kingfish. They also had the good fortune to have a whale with a young calf performing close to the boat. Wonderful sight. Eclare fished by Ian Craig came back with 8 sailfish, 19 bonito, 2 wahoo and a kingfish.
Sunday - no fishing.
As mentioned in previous letters Malindi is full of these 3 wheel chuk chuk taxis, even more today. Peter Hoffman counted 27 passing the club in half an hour. These vehicles are noisy and create sufficient noise to stop any conversation you may be having. It is called pollution I believe. The other day I saw a bicycle and the rider carrying a full size bed along the main road. Unbelievable. Whether he reached his
destination in one piece we will never know, but he certainly caused some traffic problems.
September is normally a bad month for Malindi with not many visitors arriving for holidays. This reflects also on the fishing so we are not expecting much action this month. A pity really, as the fishing is really good rig
ht now. More fishermen should be encouraged to come here in the months July - October.
The Trawlers still operate. They have taken to off loading at night, presumably to make it difficult to observe what is being loaded into the truck.
I hear on the grapevine that Tanzania has followed Kenya in licensing a fair number of Purse Seiners and long liners.
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