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Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 16:11:25 +0300
To: Adrian <adrian@lewa.org>
Subject: Kingfisher Fishing Report for week ending Sunday 18.03.07

Kingfisher Fishing Report for week ending Sunday 18th March 2007

Playing catch up is never very easy, and I am finding it a little difficult to settle down after 3 weeks in Nairobi, much of it spent in Hospital undergoing hundreds of tests. Those of you that have experienced this will know what I'm on about, and those of you who have not been there, avoid it if possible. The hospital was very good and looked after you well, but I can remember the nurses saying to me ' they will be coming for you in about 15 mins, to go to the next 'scan or test', and I thought this is how Saddam felt when they came to get him. Anyway it is over with now and time to concentrate once again on fishing. My thanks go to Gail and Geoff for all their help and kindness and to those who took the trouble to come and visit. In the 24 days that I have been away there were 39 Marlin and 73 sail caught on Kingfisher boats. I think that is pretty good fishing .  The weather has also been good during this time calm seas with little wind. Perfect.

This time of year has always been associated with shoals of smaller fish, such as koli koli and the small kingfish known as bowrega, and a host of other fish. Unfortunately the nylon net has been the main reason for many of these fish to have been virtually wiped out. Still, there is good sport to be had on lighter tackle, but it pays to remember that some bigger fish are still around. So, on Monday, Neptune fishing from Ngomeni, tagged a Black Marlin and a sail, Snark also tagged a sail; the rest of the boats had wahoo and dorado, Tina leading the way with 8 wahoo and 10 dorado.

Tuesday. Neptune still fishing from Ngomeni got 3 sail, 5 yellowfin, 2 dorado, and some rainbow runner. Tina tagged 2 sail, SnowGoose got a Black Marlin, a sail and 3 wahoo plus 2 dorado. Eclare and Snark had wahoo and dorado. Seems like this week, and the previous weeks are dominated by wahoo and dorado.

Wednesday. Neptune the only boat our today; fishing from Ngomeni got 3 sail, one of which was boated and weighed 40.5 kgs. They also got wahoo, yellowfin and dorado. Eclare was taken up to Ngomeni by the crew.

Thursday. Neptune out of Ngomeni got 2 giant trevally 15 kingfish and wahoo plus dorado. Eclare also fishing from Ngomeni tagged a Black Marlin and boated 15 kingfish, plus wahoo and dorado. Eclare returned to Malindi. The other 3 boats, fishing from Malindi, Tina got 1 sail, SnowGoose 2 sail, and Snark 3 sail plus the odd dorado and bonito.

Friday. Neptune, still in Ngomeni, got 6 sail plus wahoo, yellowfin, and dorado. Eclare and Tina both had sail and dorado, whilst Snark had no luck and ended up with baitfish. SnowGoose was not out; she had to have a damper plate replaced.

And so we come to Saturday and drama. Neptune still up at Ngomeni got 2 sail, wahoo and dorado and yellowfin, Tina 1 sail plus dorado, SnowGoose on a halfday, wahoo and dorado. Malachite, with Graham Heaton on board were fishing the banks and had just put out 2 live baits when both baits were hit at the same time, or within seconds of each other. One bait never hooked up but the other did. Although Abudi swore the fish was a Marlin, nobody saw the fish actually take and there after nobody saw the fish for the next 8 hours or so.  The fish never broke the surface. Now the fish decided to travel, and moved steadily out to sea until they found themselves at centre Mlima amongst the bigger boats fishing the Rips. This is no place for a small boat to be, particularly with a big fish on the line, and now a further problem arose; Fuel. Did Malachite have sufficient fuel to get home and to continue to battle this fish, which was growing in size by the hour? No, probably not. Tina, who was fishing in the area was asked to get Graham and rod on board and transfer the clients on Tina to Malachite and go home. This they flatly refused to do, and really I must agree with them, an elderly couple and sea sick into the bargain. So Tina made her way home and we organised for Eclare to go out with fuel, Robert Duff and Guytano elected to go out there with Eclare and Alfred which was a good idea.  In the meantime Seahorse with Pete Ready had arrived on the scene and had transfered Graham plus rod on to Seahorse. Now he had a good platform from which to fight this fish, and when Eclare arrived, Robert Duff also transferred to Seahorse to give a helping hand. By this time it was late afternoon, and Eclare stayed in the area for a while until it was nearly dark and then turned for home. It is a dodgie business coming into Malindi in the pitch dark, so Alfred and Guytano took their time to get in arriving at around 8 o'clock with the help of headlights from a car on the jetty supplied by Angus. On Seahorse they were still struggling with the fish, but eventually, when it was dark, the Black Marlin came up dead having been foul hooked just by the dorsal fin. They got back to Watamu about 9 o'clock where Catharina was waiting for them in the Canter. A quick drink at Ocean Sports, load the fish on the vehicle and they were on their way to weigh the fish in Malindi. Rob  Duff drove back as Catharina does not like driving that road at night. The fish weighed out at 198 kgs (435 lbs). It seems that there is always a good fish caught on St Patrick's night: The 'grander' in the club was caught on March 18th as were many other good fish. Many thanks to Seahorse for their timely assistance and to Rob and Guytano. It is good to know that there is help out there when things go a bit bear shaped.

No fishing Sunday. I hear, though, that quite a few Marlin were caught on the Rips this past week.

A nasty road accident accured around 7 pm on Sunday evening - a bad time to be on the road -., when a salt lorry (probably overloaded)  hit a matatu bus (definitely overloaded) on the Malindi side of the Sabaki bridge. Both vehicles crashed through the barrier, landing at the bottomed of a 20ft embankment, the lorry on top of the bus. What a mess.  It is feared that up to 15 people perished in this accident, and many more injured. This was considered serious enough for the Commissioner of Police to fly down here Monday morning to visit the scene. It is interesting to note that all those wearing seat belts would have had no chance of surviving. Fifty tons of lorry and salt completely squashed  the bus. We hear though that of those not wearing seat belts, a few managed to jump clear. For all the police checks and road blocks, these accidents still happen.

I have to say a word here concerning a woman in England named Sally Cox who recently died a year after being released from prison. Sally, a solicitor and a mother, had been convicted of killing her two young  boys and served 3 years in jail before being released in the light of new evidence. I never believed that a miscarriage of justice on this scale could happen in England today. Tragic, and her death I'm sure is a direct result of being locked up for 3 years.

Britain must be proud of the monster they have produced in Zimbabwe, What is the answer here? Surely not just sitting on the fence, somebody has to do something. HP