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-From: kingfisherfishing <>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 08:15:00 +0300



Dear All,
Once again I must send my apologies for not sending an update last week. Things have been rather hectic here and I just ran out of time.
   Sadly the fishing has not improved since my last update and it is still rather difficult to say the least. We are still not too sure why this is the case but it would seem that the conditions are not what they should be at this time of the year. The ‘’ rips’’ which are areas of active water caused by the current pushing against a series of steep drop offs are not working at all at the moment. The current usually pushes hard against the drop offs which causes an upwelling which holds small bait fish together and this is the start of the food chain. For some reason, this is not happening at the moment and we are not seeing the large quantities of marlin that we are used to seeing on the rips. The large shoals of small flying fish which are a big part of a billfishes diet are a big absentee at the moment .The wind is also blowing slightly more from the east than the north which doesn’t help in getting the rips to work properly. Having said that there have been some good days and it is by no means all doom and gloom!  The bait which was holding on the mountains and which was attracting a large number of black marlin in the middle of the month has dissipated somewhat. There are still a few blacks about but not as many as before. The sun is shining though and the days are beautiful and hot with the evenings cooling down somewhat.

On the 23rd January Neptune tagged and released a nice black marlin of 140 kgs for Frans Neuwirth and co. They had not seen too much for most of the day and then just before coming home they managed to catch a few live baits. Not long after putting them back in the water they hooked the black and successfully released it after forty minutes.
On the 24th Snowgoose with the Springer group from Germany onboard had a very good day with two stripeys. It was a good day all round with Neptune and Tina getting one each as well.
The 25th was much of the same with quite a few marlin being seen and caught. Neptune, Snowgoose and Tina had one striped marlin each and Eclare had three sailfish.
Only one marlin was caught on the 26th and the 27th was tough for all boats with Tina getting the only billfish which was a sailfish.
No billfish at all were caught on the 28th but the 29th was much better with a striped marlin on Snowgoose, four sailfish on Eclare and one on Tina. Unfortunately this bad spell of fishing fell right over the Belgium Big Game Championships. Eighteen fishermen fished four days on nine boats. Last time they were here two years ago the fishing was unbelievable with boats catching lots of sailfish and marlin everyday. This year was different to say the least with only 4 marlin and twenty odd sailfish over the four days. Snark had a good day on the first day with five sailfish with the eventual winners of the competition. Strong winds over the first three days didn’t help the situation at all as the water was churned up and the seas were extremely rough.
Fishing is a sport us humans will never understand properly due to it being so unpredictable. For some reason the fish really woke up on the 30th and this day was totally different to the seven days before it and the seven after. The morning was quiet but from noon onwards it really turned on. Tina, fishing with Ben and Peter Pelser and Daniel Hogan from Tanzania had an amazing day with a blue marlin, two striped marlin, a wahoo and a dorado. They had another two stripeys on as well, but they both came off. Eclare fishing with Wofgang Friede also had a brilliant day with a blue, a stripey and a sailfish to record a ‘’grand slam’’. Unfortunately both blues were boated. They both nearly spooled the reels and came in totally spent and on letting them go they turned belly up. Tina tried two or three times to revive theirs but it didn’t come round. Tina’s weighed in at 167 kgs and Eclares was 146 kgs. As luck would have it Neptune and Snowgoose were not out and needless to say instead of Angus having a relaxing day he was chomping at the bit to get out there again after hearing the action on the radio.
Tina had another very good day on the 31st with two good sized striped marlin.
The 1st February only produced one sailfish for Tina and two giant trevally for Neptune, while the other boats came back with bait fish only. The 2nd was much better with a striped marlin and a sailfish for Torsten and Andreas fishing on Snowgoose and a big striped marlin of 70kgs+ for Eric Capellen and co fishing on Neptune.
The 3rd was very quiet for all our boats as was the 4th apart from Eclare who found a striped marlin and Snowgoose with two sailfish. Snowgoose fished into Ngomeini so that they could fish a day trip to the North Kenya Banks the next day. Snark resorted to some bottom fishing and ended up with some red snappers and groupers.
On the 5th Neptune fished north into Ngomeini in order to explore some different water. They caught three sailfish on the way up as well as a number of small fish. Tina and Snark also fished up north and they ended up with four and three sailfish respectively. Snowgoose stayed behind the rocks at Ziwayu( roughly half way between Malindi and Lamu)last night. They had a successful trip to the NKB catching one black marlin and five sailfish.
It is very sad when a marlin or sailfish is boated and seeing those two beautiful blues the other day was extremely sad. However when one does their utmost to put a fish back and it floats up dead or its gills are torn to shreds then one is not left with much option. Tina’s marlin was the first marlin they have had to boat this season, she has tagged fourteen and boated one and she has tagged 111 sailfish and boated twelve for a 90% tagging ratio. Eclare also has a 90% tagging ratio on marlin and over 80% for sailfish. This is a big change from how it used to be in Malindi  not so long ago when all fish were brought in. In fact, there are still boats in Malindi that boat every single billfish they catch. These fish are our livelihood and we must look after them as much as we can. With continued support from conservation programmes, such as the African Billfish Foundation we are learning a lot about our billfish.  The African Billfish Foundation is a not for profit trust that is run by Tina Harris. It is run entirely with donor funds and is kept going by a few generous individuals. The Foundation is looking for members to join and any donations are most welcome. If you are keen to join please e-mail Nelly Kadagi at <> .  

That’s all from us for this week.
Take care.