Kenya Newsletter 04.03.2013

On November 28th, 2013, posted in: Kenya by Comments Off on Kenya Newsletter 04.03.2013

Dear All,

 

Sunshine, calm blue water and lots of billfish is what a fishermen dreams of. Well, lots of dreams came true this week as all three elements came together! Blues, blacks and stripeys were in attendance this week which amounted to a number of “grand slams” being recorded. Simba just missed out on a “super grand slam” when they failed to add a sailfish to their blue, black and striped marlin on the 1st March. The sailfish fishing off Malindi seems to have turned on again with lots being seen feeding on white bait.

On the 24th February Neptune tagged and released a striped marlin with the Manfred Rail group on board. Snark, fishing with Herbert and Karin Sandt tagged a sailfish off Malindi while the other boats ended up with a few small fish.

On the 25th Snowgoose had a very good day with part of the Rainer Korn group. Fishing out on the “rips” they tagged and released a striped marlin and three sailfish. Eclare and Neptune tagged a sailfish each and Tina and Snark had a few wahoo and other small fish.

On the 26th both halves of the Manfred Rail group caught a striped marlin on Neptune and Eclare. Neptune had a “stripey” as well as a sailfish on the 27th as well. Snark had a good mixed bag on the 27th with two sailfish, six wahoo, three kingfish and a dorado.

George Holt tagged a striped marlin on Eclare on the 28th while Jurgen Mueller tagged a lovely blue of 120 + kgs on Tina.

The 1st March was a great day for all five of our boats. Neptune, fishing with part of the Mick Reid group tagged and released a black marlin of 120 kgs and Snowgoose with some of the same group had a blue of 160 kgs. Snark with Gary Chesters tagged a 70 kg black marlin and Eclare had four sailfish with Paul Norris and John Illsley. Tina, fishing off Malindi with Michael and Wolfgang Proebster, had an action packed day with four sailfish, one giant trevally, 2 wahoo and a kingfish.

The Watamu International Festival was held on the 2nd and 3rd March. Eclare was our only boat that took part in what was a very well attended tournament. Unfortunately the fishing which had been really good up till the day before went down hill. Black Widow were the winners with a blue marlin, a striped marlin and two dorado. They were followed by Unreel with a blue, a stripey and one dorado! A very tight finish to say the least!!

Tomorrow and the next day is the Friends of Kenya Tournament which is fished out of Hemingways. Both Neptune and Eclare are taking part.

Our elections are on going as I write this update. Apart from some unnecessary attacks on police officers in Mombasa it has all gone very well so far. The big negative so far is the lack of organization at the polling booths with some places seeing people queue up for over nine hours. Mum and I went down to vote at a school in Malindi at 7 am and it was total chaos with people not knowing where to queue and no officials to direct anything. The lines were just about stationary as most of the electronic devices didn’t work. We decided to leave and come back a bit later which we did only to find longer queues and people leaving in disgust. After a third time of finding the same results we decided to call it a day which is a shame as we had been looking forward to this day for a long time.

All the same we hope that at the end of the day those more patient amongst us will get there votes in and the day is completed with no major unrest.

 

That’s all for this week.