Kenya – Blue Water Fishing

Fishing In Kenya

Malindi is supremely well positioned to offer outstanding Bluewater sport fishing, not half a mile from the hotel. The rapid drop off into Bluewater means an abundance of food for the oversized predators that frequent the steep banks and undersea mountains just off shore. Huge Yellowfin Tuna, Tiger, Bull and hammerhead sharks, Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado to name but a few can be caught within sight of the hotel.

Equipped with the best tackle that Shimano and Penn have to offer, you can look forward to some arm wrenching sport aboard B’s nest, Simba, Ol jogi and White bear. These are also some of the nicest sports boats you will ever see and Hemingways no compromise attitude extends to the crews and captains as well. The sport fishing operation runs like a swiss watch with every crew member responding to a hook up with skill and confidence which can only serve to put even a novice at ease.

Angry Marlin at the lures

Trolling combinations of Skirted lures, teasers , fish baits and Rapalas will prodice a wide range of hard fighting sportfish and once you have pinned down what their taking on that paricular day the hard work really starts. During the low season frenetic sport can be had with the huge schools of Yellowfin Tuna which frequent the North Kenya banks.

However watch out as if you hang about on these for too long that fish of a lifetime may become that :- HALF THE FISH OF A LIFETIME !!

As you can see huge Bull, Tiger and Hammerheads hunt the Yellowfin and if Shark fishing is your idea of fun then, Hemingways has them in abundance. Hundreds of sharks are landed from the Malindi boats every year. Slow Trolling a live 15kg Tuna that’s just taken you 15 minutes to get to the boat may sound a bit extreme, but that’s the best bait, and most anglers will not even have seen a 25/0 hook let alone used one.

Be ready for a hefty workout, because if catching the bait didn’t wear you out, what comes next certainly will. A 400lb Bull shark will not give up without a scrap, so get set for about a 4 hr fight, if past experience is anything to go by.

David and half eaten yellowfin Kenya
Alongside the fantastic fishing, Hemingways offers the complete Kenya experience with Big game safaris, Dhow trips, Scuba diving, bird shooting and much more. High season offers Marlin, Sailfish, Broadbill swordfish and Carambeses all supreme fighters on matched tackle.

The operation caters for all types of angler from Novice to expert, Heavy tackle to fly fishing, the experience built up here means that however you want to target your quarry, Hemingways has the know how to make happen. Numerous line class and all tackle records testify to the crews abilities to hook that big one.

The hotel itself has a range of rooms, but all offer a comfort and style to befit the surroundings. In the bar you can tell tale tales well into the night, whilst surrounded by the trophies of over 20 years top class bluewater fishing. Gary and his staff ensure that your stay is such that you just will never want to leave.

1000lb Plus Tiger shark

Target Species List:

  • Marlin – Blue, Black ,and Striped
  • Sailfish and Broad billed Swordfish
  • Sharks – Tiger, Bull, Mako, Black Tip, Hammerheads, Sliver tip, Spinner
  • Tuna – Yellowfin, Skipjack
  • Trevally – Giant,Big eye,Bluefin
  • Snappers – Cubera, Ruby,Golden
  • Barracuda – Giant, Chevron
  • PLUS – Wahoo, Dorado, Kingfish, Bonito, Rainbow and Blackrunner, Yellowtail, Kolikoli, Frigate Mackerel, Pandu.
Fly Fishing

This section is really not for the novices – catch a few on conventional tackle and techniques first before you start intentionally making things a bit harder!!

Watamu is well-endowed with fish amenable to fly and light-line techniques, with large numbers of suitable species found at ‘the banks’, just 3 miles up the coast from the hotel. Bonito, yellowfin, trevally, dorado and skipjack should keep you handsomely occupied on most days.