Wind swings back south, but sailfish taking

On April 20th, 2012, posted in: Kenya by Comments Off on Wind swings back south, but sailfish taking

The wind in November usually does strange things and has now swung back into the south – the days more cloudy but no significant rain here. But this south wind has been blowing a bit harder and the sailfish seem to be coming up again after the doldrums-like weather of the previous week.

It was during this period that the Wildfly teams competed in their tournament from Hemingways Resort, bad luck for them but they struggled nobly and ended up with nine sail on the fly tackle, with Craig Maree and Gerrit Wyma both scoring two.

Chris Bladen from Cape Town, an internationally renowned sculptor of fish, caught the winning fish for his team, the ‘Pink Panthers’, releasing the sailfish, his only cast at one in the four days, from Simba, while the ‘Bimini Twist’ team came second.

Fly fishing is not easy, one needs a dozen fish or more coming up daily to ensure a number of shots at them, with the fish preferably hungry, not just window shopping. One team was reputed to have had thirteen sail up one day, without a tag and release situation arising!

A couple of days later, the Capt Morgan Rum tournament got under way, the wind had freshened and much better results were reported on the conventional tackle. A couple of boats had five sail, others three or four, so lets hope it keeps on for the rest of the week, as they fish for six days.

Fly seems to be flavour of the month, as Kingfisher at Malindi also has a group from Germany using fly tackle for a six day trip. After a slow start the first day, Raimond Gutrath got his first sail on fly from Neptune on his second outing, then went on to score another while his friend Henning Heise also caught one, and they ended up with five sail on fly for the trip, pretty good for beginners!

Anthony Havelock took some friends from UK out, and ended up with four sail, while Snowgoose ran to the Rips and tagged a small blue marlin for Matthias Beyer – a couple of days before the same boat had tagged an 80kg black marlin for Holger Amelung on an overnight trip, but they failed to catch a broadbill with only one good strike coming off.

The annual ‘Eye Go Fishing’ tournament at Mtwapa went well, though fish were hard to find, except for the winners, Mssrs Rawal, Shah and Mtemi, who ended with five sailfish and a wahoo in Nala. The amateur stream was won by Matamu, fished by Chris Young, Paul Young and Rossano Ricci, who ran out to the Rips to tag a striped marlin and a sail – the former giving Paul Young the Dave Parry trophy for the biggest fish.

Mike Keates and Mike Jnr, with James Knight in Inca were second in the professional stream with a sailfish, while the Delta crew of Max Donner Jnr, Florian Schollinger and Steve Rodwell took third. In the amateurs, Samaki with Cosmo Grimwood, Ken Haji and Julian Luckhurst ran in second, Julian’s 20 kg wahoo taking the award for the biggest non-billfish. This event raises money for the Kwale Eye Centre, and a great party was had by all.

A recent directive from Fisheries is meant to have halted the use of ring nets, an unsustainable and indiscriminate method of slaughtering fish which has had great opposition from local artisanal fishermen and Beach Management Units. There are reports however that these nets continue to operate. Surely the time has come to initiate policies which conserve our fish stocks for future generations – sustainable is the word!