Malindi and north

On December 3rd, 2013, posted in: Kenya by Comments Off on Malindi and north

Fishing action starting off Malindi and north


While most of the action recently has been around the Watamu Banks, fish are starting to be caught off Malindi and further north on calmer days, and even on one trip to the North Kenya Bank when Peter Hoffman went out in Neptune to test this area. It was a rough, wet ride but a few hours fishing saw 28 yellowfin being caught, seven over 25kgs and the biggest at 38.5 kgs, so as the seas calm down we will see more trips chasing these big tuna as an alternative to the sailfish off Malindi, while marlin will become scarcer as September moves on.
For now however black marlin remain the prize target, with Alleycat catching a big one of 185.5kgs on the Banks when Justin Brown from Mombasa went out with his brother over from Florida for a trip. Tarka had two days with marlin in the previous week, and White Dove also tagged a marlin. This last week saw Tina fishing close to Malindi, with marlin on two days, and missed another which threw the hook another day, though they closed with a sail and fourteen yellowfin for a busy day.
Skipper Angus Paul took his son Arran out when moving the boat up to Ngomeni and the youngster caught himself his first marlin, in shallow water just outside the port – a good start to his fishing career! There are plenty of smaller yellowfin off Malindi as well, with Snark finding 22 as well as a couple of dorado, so it looks as if the fish will be all over the place as the weather improves, but it is still windy and rough some days.
This last week on the Banks a couple of marlin have been caught, Unreel releasing one and Tarka another, while B’s Nest tagged a sail for Vanda Brown, and some good wahoo and kingfish of 20 kgs and over continue to come in – the previous week, Ol Jogi had a huge wahoo of 44.5 kgs with John and Bertie Lloyd, and while the record stands at 53.8kgs since 1999, not many around the 100 pound mark are caught.