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It is now time to reflect on the past fishing season. Once again what an amazing season it was and I would go so far as to say that it was one of the best I have ever experienced. The billfish fishing was spectacular and this was due to the large amounts of sailfish that were present throughout the season. Our top boat, although days were down caught 539 sailfish, 33 Marlin and 5 Broadbill totaling 577 billfish. This gave an average of 3.7 billfish per day, when you consider that these figures run through the season and not just the billfish time it is hard to believe. Add to this an average of 171 kgs. of fish caught a day and you can see that we had some fantastic fishing this last season.

The sailfish run started in August, Neptune had 15 in one day fishing with regular angler Greg Much, which is normally unheard of until later on in the season. There were also several other days on double figures in August and September. The sailfish fishing continued to be good throughout the seas but there were some exceptional days which must be mentioned. In early November we did a 6 day trip on Neptune to the Kiwayu area, with a group of young men from Nairobi on their annual "boys go fishing tour". On their first days fishing off Kiwayu we tagged and released 26 sailfish, in the process breaking the record of the most sailfish in one day. The fishing just got better and better and the next day we tagged 29 and we ended a spectacular trip with 31 on the last day. Over the 6 day trip we tagged and released 109 sailfish, if this is not world class fishing I don't know what is! It was not just the sailfish that were keeping us entertained, we released several wahoo of over 30 kgs. and it was a mission to avoid the marauding schools of tuna and trevally. In November the sailfish were also running strong off Malindi/Ngomeni, David Wilson on Eclare had 18 in a day.

It will not just be the sailfish that made the past season so memorable but the Marlin also made an appearance. Although it started later than normal it got better further into the season. There was some incredible fishing north of Lamu with a number of big fish being caught and as is always the case even more getting away! There was a 927 lbs. Blue Marlin caught off Lamu by Adam Ogden on Simba, and there were 3 Black Marlin released in the same area which were estimated to be over 700 lbs, Ian Cameron fishing on Cheza had a day that other fishermen only dream about, a super grand slam of 3 sailfish, 2 BlackMarlin, 1 Striped Marlin and a Blue Marlin estimated at 650 lbs.

The slams were not just happening off Lamu. On the 27/28th.February Neptune, Un Reel and SnowGoose went out to the North Kenya Banks on an overnight trip. Un Reel ended up with 1 Super Grand Slam and 2 Grand Slams; 3 Blue Marlin, 1 Striped Marlin, 8 sailfish and 11 Broadbill Swordfish. SnowGoose had 1 Super Grand Slam and 1 Grand Slam; 1Black Marlin, 2 Striped Marlin, 5 sailfish and 3 Broadbill. Neptune had 3 Grand Slams; 3 Stirped Marlin, 8 sailfish, 5 Broadbill. Where in the world can you catch all these SLAMS????? This is just one of the more memorable trips but there were many more.

Broadbill Swordfish made a come back this last season, although there were a lot of small fish the numbers were up. On three different occasions boats caught 11 Broadbill in one night. Now there are certainly very few places, if any in the world where one can catch that amount of Broadbill in one night.

For those Shark fanatics, the tigers were still in abundance off the canyons. Berndt and Marc Neufeldt had some big monsters, with one released, estimated well over 1,000 lbs. For those who want to catch a big fish tiger shark can put up one heck of a fight.

Work on the boats is going very well. Eclare is now back in the water after being out for 2 months, one of her engines has been rebuilt, and she is going very smoothly. The other boats are out of the water, both Tina and SnowGoose are having both their engines rebuilt. I am sure they will all be running even better this coming season.
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FISHING REPORT WEEK ENDING 13TH JULY 2008

Dear all,

We have been saying for years how good the fishing can be in the July, August, September period. The way this season has started it has proven us right once again.

Eclare has only fished 5 days and most short days at that, but she has had some fantastic fishing. She has already had 3 Black Marlin and seen quite a few others. Other game fish are around in abundance as well. She has recorded 7 Giant Trevally all over 20 kgs with the biggest being 30+kgs..

There are some very big wahoo around with plenty topping the 20 kgs mark.

There has been a few more days fished out of Watamu. White Dove has had some incredible fishing with 10 Black Marlin and 1 Striped Marlin already this month. On one of these days they had 300+kgs of wahoo..

Alleycat has also started fishing and they have done 5 days up till now. They have had 5 Black a very nice bull shark of over 450 lbs released, 5 sailfish and loads of wahoo etc.etc.

There have also been some decent Yellowfin Tuna caught the biggest was 34 kgs.

The fishing at this time of the year is very exciting due to the fact aht you never know what is going to eat your live bait. The current pushes along the Malindi banks forcing all the smaller members of the food chain closer to the surface. The predators then congregate all along the bank devouring the feast and in the process your baits! You have a chance to catch any one of our game fish along this relatively small area and you never know what it may be. You need to come to experience this fishing.

Last week we had Arran here for 10 days over his half term. We decided to drive him back up to Nairobi and make a small safari of it by spending 2 nights in Tsavo on the way. The first night we spent on Galana at David Darnborough's Lodge. Galana River Lodge. This was very nice, and I was pleasantly surprised how much small game there was along the river. The next day we went through Sala Gate and into Tsavo East. The last car to go through the gate was 7 days before us. As we drove along the river route I could not help thinking of Dad. I explained to Arran how his Grandfather would come in to the Park spend all his time not 20 klm away from Sala and see all the game!! While everyone else would go to all extremes of the park and come back having not seen half of what he had seen. We stuck to all his old tracks and as we moved on you could see how little the tracks have been used since the troubles in January.

I had forgotten how uplifting it is to be driving along and all you can see is unspoilt Africa. You can feel all the stress falling away and being left behind. Sure enough we saw everything along the river two Lions fantastic Elephants, herds of Buffalo, Hippo out of the water amazing birds as always in Tsavo.

And it leads me to think what an amazing product we have and no one using it, and how can a park like Tsavo sustain itself, with no one going through the gates? It is difficult to understand how two weeks of madness can have such a drastic effect on a country. I do believe our leadership is undertaking the unthinkable of having a working coalition government in Africa and it is proving that if can work. It will be the first, and it needs everyone else to support them

We drove out through Voi gate across the main Nairobi highway and up the Taita road to go and stay the night at our old friends Marcus Russell's Lodge which boarders Tsavo West and Lake Gippi. It is 2 years since last I stayed and what a fantastic job he has done on the place.

The next day we drove through Tsavo West and out the gate at Mtito Ande to continue the trip up to Nairobi.

The Driftwood have given some very affordable rates for the next 5 months which we have put in to a four day fishing package and posted on our web site. For any further information on the package please email us or look at our site

Angus Paul
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The fishing has been fantastic, especially for Black Marlin. There have been 90 Black Marlin caught in the last 2 months between Malindi and Watamu. When you take into consideration that most boats are not even in the water and those that are, are not fishing every day, it has been quite incredible.



With all the news of Black Marlin around, the crews have been working frantically to get their boats back into the water/ The boats are now all in and are looking better than every before, with lots of improvements. All boats now have live bait tubes and all the tackle is constantly being up graded. It is just very sad to see them so excited to get their baots back into the water, only for them to sit on the mooring everyday with no fishermen to go out.



Neptune did her maiden trip of the new season on the 26th July with Perez and Christine, regular friends from Belgium. Perez having caught a Bull Shark of 223 kg last year managed to beat his personal record by releasing a Bull Shark of 240 kg after a 2 and a half hour fight.



Our loyal regulars Richard Edwards, Philip Mathais and his son Nick returned to do their annual fishing trip at the beginning of August. Philip had a nice Balack of 147 kg, unfortunately this fish had to be boated as it was badly damaged. In their 6 days of fishig they had a grand total of 2 Black Marlin, 6 sailfish, 5 giant trevally (the largest being 36 kg), 8 kingfish, 8 wahoo (the largest being 27 kg) 14 yellowfin tuna (the largest being 20 kg) 5 dorado(the largest being 15 kg), 5 barracuda ( the largest being14 kg), 5 big eye trevally, 4 longtail tuna, 3 rainbow runner, 92 kawakawa and 60 frigate mackerel. Not bad for six days fishing; it made a total of thirteen different species of fish and this is the beauty of fishing on the banks at this time of year. You just donít know what is going to coming along next.



On the 14th August I had the pleasure of taking Bruce Buckland out fishing on Neptune. Bruce (ex Manager of the Driftwood Beach Club) had come up to attend Dadís memorial and did a fantastic job as the Master of Ceremonies. We had a great day out and ended up raising 11 Blacks, catching 3, and a sailfish. Bruce being an avid light tackle fisherman the managed to release a Black Marlin of 100 plus kg. on 30 lb line (15 kg) a really good effort.



Perez and Christine also fished SnowGoose on her maiden trip on the 5th August. Perez released his first Black Marlin, a fish estimated at around 65 kg. He also had a good Kingfish of 21kg and four Giant Trevally, one of which topped 31 kgs. One of the giant trevally was taken by a bull shark on the way in and they were just left with the head.



Martin Joswig brought a group out from Germany, and we had them for three fun days fishing . The first day they fished on Neptune and caught a Black of approximately 90 kg, a sailfish and a mixed bag of other fish. On the 18th they fished on Eclare and had a fantastic day with 2 Black Marlin of over 90 kg each, a sailfish, 2 Giant Trevally, 2 Yellowfin and lots of bait. The last day they fished on Eclare again but this was not such a good day with a wahoo of 17 kg, a kingfish and other bits and pieces. Most of this group had not caught a billfish in their lives so you can imagine the bell being rung in the fishing club after their days fishing!!!!



On the 24th August, Billy Lynch came down to fly fish. We were a bit worried as most boats were only fishing for Marlin so we did not know how many sailfish were really around. He went out on Eclare who has become our professional fly fishing boat. They had 3 sailfish up and Billy caught 2 on fly, well done him. Unfortunately he did not have one of those Blacks up.



Tina has only fished 2 days. On their first day out they had a nice Black of around 90 kg. They also fought another fish which took a live bait on the surface for close to 2 hours before the hook broke. On their second day out they had 2 sailfish.



Snark was the last of our boats to go back in the water and unfortunately has had no one to go out with. So you can imagine Adi ;he is difficult to control jumping up and down with frustration wanting to get out there.
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Dear Friends,

It is just over one month since our last report, and I am happy to say the fishing has continued to be quite outstanding. In our last news flash we reported 90 Black Marlin being caught between Malindi and Watamu. This amazing run has continued into September, and the number is now well over one hundred.

Although fish have been plentiful, fishermen have been hard to come by with the boats sitting at their moorings most of the time. Most of the fishing this month has been done by Neptune and to a lesser degree Tina.

Peter Holdsworth and Johnny OíBrien ex Nairobi, fished with me for five days early September. On their first day out on the 6th Peter had a Black Marlin of around 70 kgs. The next day out they had 6 sailfish, 5 of these were caught in one strike after having a big pack up, every lure had a sailfish behind it. Very exciting! On the 9th Johnny caught his first Black Marlin. Being Johnny he didnít want to do anything by ones and he ended the day catching 2 . In their five days they had 3 Black Marlin, 6 sailfish, 2 giant trevally, 8 wahoo (biggest 30 kg),10 kingfish, 2 yellowfin tuna, 4 long tail tuna, 2 big eye trevally, 1 baracudda, 1 dorado, 1 garfish and over a 100 kawakawa/frigate mackerel. 12 different species in five days is not bad at all by any standards.

Philipp Schulz our new Malindi resident from South Africa fished two days with us. The first day was the 16th on Eclare. He had a super day catching nine different species and over twenty five fish including a sailfish, and a nice giant trevally. The next day was on Neptune, and they topped off their two fantastic days with a Black Marlin of over a 100 kgs.

On the 18th Neptune fished with Peter Hofman and ended up catching two Black Marlin. Both fish were tagged and released and were estimated between 80 and 85 kgs. At this point Peter had fished seven days of this season and had caught an incredible ten Black Marlin. Peter fished another day with us on the 22nd and got two nice yellowfin tuna on live baits of 47 and 45 kgs plus a mixed bag of other fish.

Tina has managed to get out a few times this month. On the 19th they did a long day and got a nice Black of 147 kg, they had to boat this fish as a bull shark took a section out of the tail area. They also caught a nice grouper and 2 Giant Trevally. The next day they were out on a short day and got a sailfish and a wahoo.

Kees and Monique Kik came out on their honeymoon and fished on Neptune. It was a pleasure to see a couple both enjoying fishing so much and so keen. They started their fishing off with a bang catching a Black of 80kg on the 24th. On the 29th of September for the first time Neptune and Tina went up north and fished the Mambrui area. Up to this date we had only been fishing south of Malindi on the banks, canyons and boiling pot area. It is always with much trepidation that one ventures up North the first time in the season as you never know what you may find! We were pleasantly surprised to find a lot of fish. Neptune came back with a sailfish, 22 yellowfin( the biggest just over 22 kgs), a kingfish and 2 dorado. Tina with Brian Wheeler from Bahrain who had taken up the offer of the Driftwood package came back with 2 sailfish, 13 yellowfin (4 of over 20 kg) and 4 dorado. Mambrui was fishing at its best with lots of white bait which is very encouraging for the future. Kees and Monique ended their fishing with a bang on the 3rd of October. They caught 1 Black Marlin, 5 sailfish, 13 yellowfin (4 of over 20 kg) and 3 dorado. This brought their total in a weeks fishing to 1984 kg of fish.
Brian Wheeler also ended his fishing on a high. On the 4th of October he had a Black Marlin around 70 kg, 3 sailfish, 8 yellowfin and 1 barracuda.

October is a very special month .The wind swings round to the east calming the sea right down and the outside temperature is perfect before warming up in late November. Large amounts of white bait as we are already witnessing move their way down the coast. Following these vast shoals are all the pelagic predators, feasting on this rich bounty of the oceans. At this time of year it is common to see pods of up to twenty sailfish circling a ball of white bait. Each fish patiently waits its turn to rush in to the middle of the bait ball, hurriedly swallow its fair share and then return to its position in the circle. Within minutes what started as a large ball is reduced to nothing as the sailfish quickly polish the white bait of. Sights such as these are most often seen in the mornings when it is flat calm with no wind. Although one can see fish all around it is very difficult to entice the fish away from the bait balls and in to your spread. Very infuriating! However as soon as the wind picks up at mid day and the bait disperses it is all action stations as the sailfish become more co-operative. Whales are also very prolific at this time of year and it is rare not to see them breaching or gorging themselves on plankton right next to the boat. Just the presence of the white bait provides so much to see and there is never a dull moment on the sea.

All the signs are there for this season to be another good one. Let us hope that the Malindi Festival on the 18th and 19th will be a big success and we look forward to seeing those of you who will be joining us for it.

Otherwise all is well in Malindi and as of yet our banks seem to be holding it together unlike the rest of the world !

Just to remind you all that the Driftwood package runs up until the 15th December so if you would like to sample some of this amazing fishing now is your chance.
Angus Paul
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Kingfisher Update. 4th October Ė 4th November

Dear All

Firstly I must apologize for sending out this update so late. Three weeks have gone by since we sent out our last news flash and there has been no shortage of excitement since then.

The news flash was written on the day of the Churchill Cup light line tournament on the 17th October. The fishing was outstanding as indeed it had been from the beginning of the week. Sailfish were everywhere and for those of you who are keen to do some light line fishing these fish are fantastic on light tackle. The tournament was won by Tarka with Seahorse second and Neptune a very close third. Neptune was fished by Richard Moller, Russell Brumby and Peter Brumby. Peter who is fourteen years old showed the old stalwarts how to do it and caught two sailfish on 4 kg line. Not only did he show his fellow team mates up but he was also the top angler! Well done Peter.

The 18th October saw the first day of the Malindi Festival two day tournament with eleven boats taking part. Once again the sailfish were co-operating fully and it was none stop action throughout the day. The second day was not quite as chaotic with a change in wind putting the fish down. Neptune emerged the top boat with a total of seventeen sailfish. She was fished with the same team as in the light tackle tournament with the exception of Peter who decided to give his elders a chance by staying at home. His place was taken by Angus Paul. Second place went to Unreel who were pipped at the post with sixteen sailfish. Unreel had the team of Frank and Flash Tundo and Alistair Cavanagh on board. Third was Simba with 10 sailfish and a black marlin, which unfortunately for them only counts for three sailfish in this competition. Simba was fished by Mark Allen, Nick Conway and Mtawali.

All eleven boats in the tournament caught fish and the club was overflowing with jubilant fishermen at the prize giving. It didnít matter whether someone had come first or last, everyone had fun and it was none stop action. I would like to give a special mention to Tina who was fished by Gary Roughsedge and Bill and Kerry Rainbow. Gary is an old client of ours who hasnít been back for a few years so it was a special surprise to see him again. Bill Rainbow was one of the founders of Kingfisher with Dad and Soren Lindstrom way back in time. He was here when Tina arrived from Holland in 1968 so it was a real privilege to take him out on her all these years later. I think he had trouble recognizing her after all the renovations she has had and if it werenít for the legendary ďdingĒ on her nose I donít think he would have. They did well with eight sail on the first day but then struggled like most boats on the second.

The fishing prior to the Festival as was mentioned briefly in the news flash was quite incredible to. On Neptunes amazing day of 19 sailfish on the 16th she was fished by the Rien Oliver party from Holland. They fished 3 days and totaled an incredible 26 sailfish!

Since the Festival we havenít quite seen the same numbers but all in all the fishing continues to be brilliant. Karl Sherer and Jurgen Herbrand from Germany have fished on Neptune for four days and have caught 28 sailfish and a black marlin. The day they had the marlin they also caught four sailfish. This particular day started very slow with fish showing on the surface but not playing. By ten 0 clock most of the boats had not caught a fish. Neptune then raised a pack of sailfish and hooked two. Whilst they slowed down to play the two fish another fish followed in a bait they were winding in and took the bait whilst the boat was stopped. This turned out not to be a sailfish as everyone had thought but a black marlin! As luck would have it all three fish were brought to the boat successfully. When lady luck is on your side anything can happen!

Marc and Bernd Neufeldt are with us once again. Marc and Bernd are the shark specialists and normally fish eleven or twelve days solely fishing for tiger or bull shark. Although they did catch one tiger on their second day and had four other strikes in total the shark fishing was slower than normal. The last couple of days were spent up north where they got eight sail in two days.

Neptune has fished 13 days this last month and caught a total of 79 sailfish. This gives her an average of 7 fish a day which is exceptional fishing. Although the other boats have not fished as many days due to a lack of bookings they have also been catching a lot of fish. Tina has fished 9 days this last month and caught a total of 1 black marlin, 16 sailfish, and 32 yellowfin tuna. Eclare fished 14 days with a total of 33 sailfish, and 23 yellowfin tuna.

Bookings are picking up slightly now and November should be a lot busier than October. The weather has been brilliant as it normally is at this time of the year. We have had quite a lot of rain at the coast but once it rains it is followed by sunshine. The rest of the country is experiencing good rain which is a god send as it is badly needed, especially in the north where water levels were very low after a prolonged drought.

Our Government declared Thursday 6th November a public holiday in recognition of Barack Obamaís election victory in the states. I donít know of any other country which did this but I which we would show the same jubilation when our own president is elected!

Have a good week.

Angus Paul
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Kingfisher Fishing Report Ė 4th - 27th November 2008

Three weeks ago when our last news update was released one would have thought that there was no way the fishing could get any better! Well it has and incredibly it has continuously been fantastic with no mediocre let alone poor days reported in the three weeks. I can quite honestly say that we have never experienced such amazing sailfish fishing over such a long period in Malindi\Watamu. I had a conversation with a skipper the other day and he was disappointed as he had just had in his book two poor days. On asking what he had caught he told me he had twelve sailfish one day and seven the other. Most years four in one day is very good fishing but due to the exceptional numbers we have been seeing since late September the bar has been raised some what!

Although November has been a lot busier than October it is a shame that on most days there have been many boats sitting on their moorings. With fishing that may never be seen again this is sad to see. As you can imagine it is painful for skippers who have endured many a day seeing nothing to be sitting at home with this kind of fishing. For the last few years we have held up to six competitions in November alone. This year we are down to two and both have been held already, with as I am sure you can imagine phenomenal results.

The first was a tournament held by the Big Game Fishing Club Deutschland. Seven boats took part in a three day IGFA tournament. As most of you know IGFA( International game fish association) rules in short mean that only one angler can handle the rod and therefore the crew are not allowed to hook the fish. A total of 149 sailfish were caught in the three days at an average of 7 fish per boat per day. The winning team was team Sailfisher made up of R.Pils, W.Ingenfeld and H.P Albrecht. The top boat was Neptune with 36 sailfish.

The second tournament was the African Bullshark Cup organized by Tine and Ronald from Holland. Four teams fished for four days and what a four days it was. A total of 191 sailfish were caught at an average of just under 12 sailfish per boat per day. The winning team was Team Alexlarie fished by Arie Terlouw and Alex Hogenbirle. They had a total of 53 sailfish in four days. Considering both tournaments were fished by either first time anglers or anglers with limited deep sea experience I think we can say it was a very good effort made by all.

Last week Mr Blessing and his son who came through Tightlines, an agency in Holland fished on Snark for three days. During their first two days they caught 32 sailfish and so decided to try something different on their last day. They ventured off to the canyons and caught a spinner shark of 70 kgs, 31 yellowfin tuna and 15 rainbow runner. Not a bad three days fishing by any means and it just shows that it is not only sailfish that are plentiful at the moment.

The last week has also seen a visit from two of our most loyal fly fishermen. Now is that perfect timing or what? They couldnít have come at a better time for action from sailfish on fly! For those of you who have tried for sail on a fly you will know that you need numbers of fish coming in to the teasers as many donít come in the whole distance. With the amount of fish around as there is at the moment it is perfect for fly fishing. Con Jooste has had two great days so far on Eclare with 6 sail on fly and a black marlin conventionally on Saturday and another 6 sail on fly and one conventionally on Sunday.Con finished his five days with a total of 28 sailfish on fly Ė this must be a first for Kenya.

Billy Lynch from Nairobi and 2 friends beginers flew down for the weekend and stayed at the Driftwood Beachclub using the package rate. On Saturday they got 4 sail on fly and on Sunday 3 on fly before flying back to Nairobi in the evening. I could think of worse ways to spend a weekend!

In our last update we mentioned Karl Sherer and Jurgen Herbrandt having fished 4 days and catching 1 black marlin and 28 sailfish. They went on to fish another 4 days and ended up with 64 sailfish. 8 billfish a day over 8 days fishing is not something that happens to often.

At the time of writing Neptune is out on the North Kenya Banks for an overnight trip. It will be very interesting to hear what is going on out there. They should be back this afternoon. Eclare is also venturing out on an overnight tonight and will be leaving at 10 am. Unlike Neptune they will be heading south to the Vipingo area. Letís hope they both have good fishing out there and we will let you know what happened in our next update.

The pirate incidents of the Somali coast and allegedly our coast over the past month or so have shocked us all. Letís face it, if they are able to take over one of the biggest super tankers in the world with ease what hope have smaller vessels got. I would just like to point out that the incident of the Kenya coast was actually 450 miles out and in international waters and up to now there have been no sightings or reports of any pirates in our waters. Lets hope that the ships which are currently being held by the pirates are released very soon and some how these hold ups stop.

Christmas is fast approaching and once again it is time for the Popeís trophy which will be held on the 13th December. For those of you who have not heard of the Popes Trophy it is a fun one day competition held in memory of Alister Paul. It is not only a good time for all his friends to get together and remember him but is also an opportunity to raise some funds for his three children. It is always a fun day and we would like to encourage those of you who may be able to get away for the weekend to come with a team or to join a team. I would also like to take this opportunity to let those of you who have supported the Popes trophy in the past know what Alister and Debbies children are up to and what your support has helped them achieve. Stephanie who is now 17 is about to leave St Annnes College in South Africa where she has done amazingly well. She has been accepted to one of the top Universities, Onderstepoort Pretoria in South Africa where she will study to become a vet starting in January. Shannen who is 15 is currently at St Annes where she like her sister is doing very well and still making up her mind as to what course to take. Andrew is 12 and still at Pembroke House school where he excels in most sports although spends quite a bit of his time injured due to the enthusiasm and commitment he puts into everything he does. Needless to say Alister would be very proud of all three of his children.

Have a good week.

Compiled by Angus Paul and written by Adrian Paul
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Kingfisher Fishing Report ending 07th January 2009



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Step aside the majestic sailfish and enter the illusive marlin. Whilst the sailfish fishing continues to be outstanding it seems that the marlin will not be outdone by this season and they have made an early appearance in numbers. Early January normally sees the start of our main marlin season out on the rips, however this year they have appeared from mid December. Last season was considered as one of the best marlin seasons ever but by the way they have jumped out of the starting blocks it seems this one will be even better!



The incredible sailfish numbers that we have experienced for most of the season have continued into early January. Although boats arenít recording double figures every day there are still plenty of fish of Malindi and Watamu. With the amount of marlin around it also means that boats arenít targeting sailfish as they were earlier in the season. Yesterday, the 9th January one Watamu boat had 21 sailfish of Malindi.



Since our last news report on the 17th December there have been so many outstanding days that it is difficult to fit them all in to this update. On the 19th December SnowGoose fishing with Andy Mansfield ventured off Malindi to fish for sailfish. By mid day they had 11 fish and Andy having caught double figures the day before as well decided to have a shot at a marlin. They moved out in to the deeper water where they managed to catch two yellowfin tuna which they put out live. With lady luck on their side up popped a black marlin of approximately 120 kgs which took one of the yellowfin and after a short fight was tagged and released. On the same day Neptune fishing with the Davidson family had 23 sailfish and 4 yellowfin tuna and Tina on a short day had 10 sailfish.



On the 20th December Kjetil Stigen from Norway started a four day package fishing with us and staying at Eden Roc hotel. He fished on Tina and in four days he got 16 sailfish and a black marlin. Considering most of the time was spent live baiting for marlin it was not a bad four days fishing to say the least. Neptune had a good day on the 20th as well with 13 sailfish, most of which were caught by young Arran Paul and Jamie Belcher. On the 22nd Tina continued her good run of form with 18 sailfish.



The 26th saw the ď Kids CompĒ held out of Watamu. This is becoming a very popular day with a few of the skippers kids getting into that competitive age. Nine boats took part with a whole bunch of kids on each. The Darnboroughs on Alleycat emerged victorious on this occasion much to Arran's disgust! Neptune had another good day on the 27th with Thomas Fjastad, Tony Payne and Ian Mcray. They had 16 sailfish and were in by 2 pm!



The Watamu Christmas Competition was held on the 28th and 29th . We had Neptune and Eclare taking part in a field of over twenty boats. Neptune finished a close second overall with a total of 28 sailfish over the two days. She was fished by Justin Larby, Brendan Hill, Jeremy Hayson, Angus and myself. We opted to target sailfish over the two days which scored at 10 sailfish to 1 marlin. Our gamble nearly paid of but we were pipped at the post by some excellent marlin fishing by White Mischief. On the first day they fought a very large black marlin estimated at over 700 lbs for over three hours before tipping the leader which in this competition stands as a caught fish. The fish then went ballistic and went under the boat and the line popped. They then released a second black marlin a few hours later. On the second day they were blanking until 3 pm and then released a striped marlin which gave them first place. Well done them! Overall it was a very successful comp with just about every boat enjoying excellent fishing. It was over this time that the marlin fishing on the rips really took of! One boat had a pack of striped marlin and sailfish up together and after hooking two marlin and two sail they were only left with one sailfish at the end.



Since the competition most boats have been going out to the rips every day and the fishing has just been getting better and better. There have been some phenomenal days out there. Fishing cannot be more exciting when you could raise a black, blue ,striped marlin or sailfish at any time. There are very few places in the world if any where you have a chance to catch any of the above in one day and then a broadbill at night. Simba proved this once again on the 30th December. They started the day of with a sailfish in the morning quickly followed by a nice blue. They then added a stripey and capped it all of with a black marlin in the afternoon. All this super grand slam needed to become a fantasy slam was a broadbill but with all the excitement in the day the team ran out of energy to continue in to the night.



On a 5 hour day on the 2nd January Tina had 3 sailfish and a black marlin with some clients from Italy. On the same day SnowGoose fishing with Mr Jung from Germany released a nice blue of 120 kgs and added a sailfish and 3 dorado. On the 4th January Neptune released 2 striped marlin and on the 5th released a very reasonable blue of approx 130 kgs. This fish was caught by Guido Van De Steen, a veteran angler from Belgium who has been fishing with us for many years.



On the 6th January all our boats which were out caught marlin. SnowGoose got a striped marlin and Tina had a black marlin and 3 sailfish whilst Neptune released a good black of 150 kgs and a striped marlin.
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Kingfisher Fishing Report ending 16th January 2009





Dear All



Seeing as it is the height of the season and the fishing is as exciting as it is, we will try and send out a weekly update.



It has been a busy week for us with most days seeing at least three boats fishing. The weather, although proving unpredictable at times with some over cast days has been ideal for fishing. The wind is blowing consistently from the north which is perfect for marlin fishing on the rips. The rest of the country has had quite a bit of rain in the last few days but the coast is still dry. It is unusual for the country to receive rain in February which is historically one of our driest months. This may explain why we have had overcast mornings and a cold wind blowing in the evenings.



On Thursday the 8th SnowGoose,out with a young Russian gentleman had a good day with 8 sailfish and Tina out on a short day had a good mixed bag of 3 sailfish, 2 kingfish, 10 yellowfin tuna and 4 wahoo. Neptune out on the rips had 4 sailfish, 2 dorado, 1 yellowfin, 1 barracuda, 2 snapper and 2 grouper. There are quite a few small fish around at the moment which is good to see. Earlier in the season it was nearly impossible to catch anything other than sailfish. Having smaller fish around helps the bait situation immensely, and nothing beats fresh bait.



On the 9th Eclare fishing with Anton Klok from Holland released a lovely blue marlin of 200 kgs as well as two sailfish. This just proves that there are some bigger fish out on the rips. Tina out on a 5 hour trip released 5 sailfish and 10 school size yellowfin tuna. 5 hour trips are proving rather popular amongst beginner fishermen who want to see what deep sea fishing is all about. Especially when the fish are so close to Malindi, as they so often are at this time of year. On the 10th January Eclare fishing with Anton Klok again released another blue marlin and 4 sailfish. Snowgoose out with Karl Engelstrom from Sweden on a 5 hour trip had 6 sailfish and 2 yellowfin tuna.

Eclare had a black marlin and 4 sailfish on the 11th.



We only had two boats out on the 12th, Eclare and Snark both with the Grubbler group from Austria. They were a very happy bunch at the end of the day with a striped Marlin and16 sailfish between the two boats.



The 15th saw the start of a three day fishing trip for the Riaan Groeblar group from South Africa and what a trip it would prove to be. They fished on three boats everyday with four fishermen on each boat. The group on Neptune decided to look for marlin on the rips and what a decision this was! They released 1 black marlin, 1 blue and three sailfish. Not bad for their first days fishing. They looked hard for a stripey to complete a super grand slam but it proved to illusive. The other two boats fished closer in for sailfish with Tina finding 11 and Snark 4. Needless to say they were a happy group of South Africans at the end of the day.



On the 16th the same group fished on Eclare, Tina and SnowGoose. Eclare and Tina stayed closer in with Eclare finishing on 22 sailfish and Tina 10. SnowGoose went out for marlin which they didnít find but they did get 5 sailfish. Snark and Neptune were also out today. Snark with some clients from Belgium had 15 sailfish, 1 wahoo and some dorado and yellowfin tuna. Neptune with regular clients Herbert and Monica Lewald from Austria had another brilliant day, again missing out on a super grand slam by one fish. They released a blue estimated at 90 kgs, a stripey estimated at 60 kg and one sailfish. This time it was the black marlin that was the illusive one.





Reflecting back on the week one canít help notice the diverse mix of nationalities we had out on the sea. Although times are hard it is good to see that we are getting visitors from so many different countries. Not so long ago deep sea fishing was unheard of in most countries across the world.

Once again it has been a fantastic weeks fishing with anglers being spoilt for choice. Close in off Malindi the sailfish fishing is still exceptional and out on the rips the marlin fishing is world class. Neptune is averaging a marlin a day since she started marlin fishing at the beginning of January. Considering we still have two months to go of the season we could be in for some record breaking stuff. Watch this space !!!!!!



Take care



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Kingfisher Fishing Report ending 23rd January 2009

Dear All

Yet another week has gone by and once again what a weeks fishing it has been. Most days have been busy for us with some seeing all five boats out on the high seas. It is really good to see that despite the hard times we are facing globally fishermen are still coming out to experience the amazing fishing we are having this season.

Saturday the 17th was the last days fishing for the Groeblar group from South Africa and they finished off how they started. In style! The group on Neptune had a black marlin and 4 sailfish whilst Eclare had 18 sailfish and some small fish. The third boat in the group was Snowgoose, she went out to the rips to look for marlin and although didnít find any released 4 good sized sailfish. Tina was also out today and caught 17 sailfish as well as some yellowfin tuna.

As is often the case at this time of the year we get groups of fishermen who come for a week and fish for four or five days. The departure of the South Africans this week saw the arrival of a large group of Belgians coming to fish in their own tournament. Patrick de Roisin and Marc Segers thought they had better get in a few practice days before the tournament begins. They were on Tina today and had 8 sailfish and a dorado, yesterday they tried for tiger shark on Snark but had no luck and returned with a few small fish. Nick Conway fished on Eclare with some clients from Holland and got 15 sailfish and 2 wahoo. It is often thought that the sailfish begin to migrate down the coast in January and numbers start to decrease. It is definitely not the case this year as the numbers the boats are still catching are just phenomenal. The two days Eclare fished with the Groeblar group they had 22 and 18 sailfish.

The weekend of the 17th and 18th also saw the staging of the inaugural Casino Malindi Billfish Tournament. Although none of our boats took part the reports we received were that it was a very successful tournament. Tarka was the top boat fished by Phil Rivett, Callum Looman and Batian Craig. They caught a total of 2 black marlin, a striped marlin and some sailfish over the two days. Second was Simba who also got 3 marlin but were beaten in to second by Tarkas sailfish. We hope that next year we will be able to enter some of our boats to support this tournament.

On the 19th January three of our four boats out caught marlin. Snark with Patrick de Roisin and Marc Segers had a really good day with a black marlin, 5 sailfish and a giant trevally. Tina also got a black marlin and 3 sailfish with another group of Belgians. Neptune with Herbert and Monica Lewald again had 1 black marlin, 1 striped marlin and a sailfish. Eclare was also out today but only managed 2 sailfish on the rips.

On the 21st Snark, out with Peter Betz from Germany had another black marlin and 3 sailfish. Snowgoose with the Lewalds fished of Malindi and caught 11 sailfish, 2 yellowfin and a kingfish. On the 22nd Snark continued an amazing run of form with a third black marlin in three days. She was fishing with Peter Betz again and released a good fish of over 100 kgs. It was caught on 30 lb line and as you can imagine it put up one hell of a fight, they eventually got it late in the afternoon and retuned to the mooring in the dark.

The 23rd was the first day of the Belgian Big Game fishing tournament. They are fishing on six boats, four of ours and Seyyida and Alleycat from Watamu. What a start it was with 35 sailfish and a striped marlin on the 6 boats. Monica and Herbert fished their last day today and got yet another marlin and 3 sailfish. What a trip they have had, in three days on Neptune they caught a black marlin, a blue and three stripeys. Twice they had a grand slam therefore missing out on a super grand slam by one fish. Added to this they had a vast amount of sailfish on Snowgoose.

The Belgian tournament continues in to this coming week and it looks like another busy one coming up. Perhaps this week one of our boats will manage to turn a grand slam into a super grand slam. If it is anyoneís dream to catch a super grand slam or even a fantasy slam, January\February of the Watamu ĖMalindi coast is certainly the time to try. There have been two super grand slams already this season and countless grand slams. Neptune is going out to the South Mlima on an overnight early this week. It has been a while since any boat has been out broadbill fishing. They will depart at 3 pm from Watamu and return around the same time the next day. Letís hope the trip proves fruitful and we have something exciting for you next week.

Until then have a wonderful week.

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Dear All



Well what a week this last one has been. A week ago it would have been difficult to think how the fishing could have got better, but in true Kenyan style it has gone up a few notches.



The real excitement this week has got to be Kenyaís and Africaís second Billfish Fantasy Slam. For those of you who donít know, a Fantasy Slam is 5 different species of billfish caught within a twenty four hour period. It is the equivalent of the Grand slam in the Six Nations or winning all four majors in tennis. In other words in the world of deep sea fishing it is a major achievement. As far as we know it has only been accomplished in two countries before, in Venezuela three or four times and once here in Kenya on Mark Allenís Simba.The Venezuelan slams donít consist of the same species of billfish as ours however. Well Rob Hellier on Unreel has proved what Kenyan fishing is all about by recording our second Fantasy Slam. Fishing with the James Francis party, they achieved this amazing feat on the 11th and 12th. They went out for a planned overnight trip to the South Mlima at mid day on the 11th which started rather slowly as by the afternoon they hadnít caught anything. However, this changed at 5 pm when they tagged and released a nice black marlin of 100 kgs. During the night they had a number of broadbill strikes and managed to release two fish. The next morning started with a real bang when they hooked a sailfish on a live frigate mackerel. As they were fighting the sailfish a second live bait was taken by what the crew thought was another sailfish. Low and behold it turned out to be a small blue and needless to say the tempo on the boat changed drastically when it made its appearance by the side of the boat. Both fish were tagged and released and all thoughts were tuned into finding a striped marlin. Although some of the other boats had caught up to three stripeys each, and many were being seen this proved quite a task. At 1.30 pm Rob told the fishermen time was up and it was time to go home, no sooner had he said that, a stripey was in the spread and was duly hooked and tagged and released. As if 5 different billfish werenít enough they also released a 100kg bull shark in the night. It goes with out saying that many drinks were downed in the bar on return to Watamu. Well done to the fishermen and Rob and his crew!



The fishing really is just fantastic at the moment. Tarka had 5 striped marlin in a day earlier on in the week and most days are seeing at least one boat with over three marlin in a day. If boats are not doing overnight trips it is obviously near on impossible to get a Fantasy Slam in which case the next best is a super grand slam. There have already been at least two super grand slams this season. Where else in the world can one experience such bill fish variety?



The Mclanaghan party continued to have good fishing this week with 11 sailfish on Snowgoose on the 7th. Neptune and Snark got a striped marlin each and Eclare with regular fisherman from Germany Egon Jenke had 4 sailfish.



On the 8th Neptune had 2 striped marlin and 2 sailfish fishing with Guy Raeymacker and Rudi on their last days fishing this year. Eclare fishing with Egon again had an action packed day with 8 sailfish and a black marlin.



On the 9th Snark had 8 sailfish and Tina had 4. Neptune and Snowgoose both went out to the rips, Snowgoose lost a stripey and Neptune tagged a 100kg black marlin and two sailfish.



The 10th saw all our boats out on the water again which is really good to see. Tina was out with Van Davies who has lived in Malindi for many years but has now moved back to the USA and his brother Art and Dr Stauffer. Just fishing off Malindi they had 4 sailfish and some small fish. All the other boats recorded 3 or 4 sailfish each with the exception of Snark who tagged a 100 kg black marlin and one sailfish.



The 11th was another exceptional day all round. Snowgoose fishing with Manfred Haase had 14 sailfish and some small fish. Eclare had a striped marlin with Egon and Neptune fishing with regular angler Shaun Wembridge on his first day out this trip, started it with a high, catching 2 striped marlin and 5 sailfish. Tina fishing with Joachim Pander and Jutta Bohn from Germany had 5 sailfish and some small fish. It is their dream to catch a marlin so fingers crossed!



The 12th saw four of our five boats catch marlin. Snowgoose with Manfred Hasse released a nice stripey of 60 kgs. Neptune had a stripey and a sail and Eclare had a fantastic day. Fishing with lucky Egon who is known to be a billfish magnate they caught 1 black marlin, 3 striped marlin and 2 sailfish. Tina made Joachim Pander and Jutta Bohnís dream come true with a striped marlin and they lost another 3!



The 13th produced sailfish on all the boats and a striped marlin on Eclare. Neptune was not out today but the boat moved down to Ngomeni for the week. They are going to venture out to the North Kenya Banks on the 14th and 15th and then got out for an overnight trip on the 16th and 17th. Eclare is out on an overnight trip on the night of the 14th. Therefore watch this space next week as we will hopefully have some exciting news for you. I can tell you that early news from Neptune is good!!!!



It seems that Kenya has found their next forte in sport. For many decades Kenya has shined in long distance running. The Beijing Olympics were no exception with Kenya winning the majority of medals in the long distance events. Well Kenya is surprising the big wigs in the world of rugby as they continue to shock in the IRB Sevens series. For years Kenya has done ok in sevens and has been a regular participant. However this year they have upset the two leaders in sevens at the moment, South Africa last week in New Zealand and New Zealand this week in the USA. They reached the semis last week only to be beaten by England and are in the quarters this week after relegating New Zealand to runners up in the group. This may be their chance to win a title which would be huge, not only for Kenyan rugby but for our sport in general. Fingers crossed for this evening then as they take on USA in the quarter finals.



I hope you all have a good week.



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Kingfisher Fishing Report for Week ending Friday 20th February 2009

Big fish make an appearance as two black marlin over 500 lbs are landed!

Dear All

Another exciting week has sped by as the fishing continues to be extremely exciting. However there have been some days this week when the fish both further out and closer in just havenít played ball. This is most likely due to some inclement weather that we have recently had. Change in wind and adverse pressures can cause the fish to stay deep and not to feed. The marlin out on the rips continue to be the main target species although some large yellowfin tuna have also made their presence felt as well. The sailfish fishing closer in has gone off the boil slightly but boats are still catching up to six a day. It has been another busy week for the Kingfisher boats with most boats out every day.

On Saturday the 14th Snow Goose caught a striped marlin on fly with Billy Lynch. This is not something that happens every day so well done to Billy. Having said that, the more seasoned fly fisherman such as Billy, are targeting marlin more and more on fly. Although a large amount are missed a number have been taken this season. Tina fishing with regular angler Klaus from Germany had a stripey and some small fish and Snark caught a black marlin and some small fish.

Sunday the 15th was quite a day for all our boats. Snowgoose fishing with Manfred Haase had a grand slam with 1 black marlin, 1 striped marlin and 3 sailfish. Billy Lynch out on Tina this time got two sailfish on fly, and Snark with Kees and John from Holland released a blue marlin and some small fish. Eclare returned from an overnight trip to the South Mlima with Egon Jenke and what a trip they had. They had a Super Grand Slam with 2 striped marlin, a black marlin, 2 sailfish and three broadbill in the night. They had their chance at a Fantasy Slam and fought a large blue marlin for a while on Saturday evening before parting company with it. They also fought a large broadbill for a long time and lost it by the boat and had at least four other broadbill strikes. All the action was on the Saturday, they didnít see a fish on the Sunday. Neptune also returned to Malindi on Sunday after two day trips to the NKBís. They left Ngomeini on Saturday morning and returned in the evening to Ziwayu where they anchored behind the rocks for the night. Ziwayu is the closest point to us to anchor, and therefore saves a lot of time by anchoring up there for the night. The next day they went straight out to the NKBís again. They had an amazing day on the Saturday releasing two black marlin, 1 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, 1 shark and boating two good sized yellowfin tuna. One of the marlin was a big fish of over 600 Lbs. Long time visitor and great friend John Cook was the angler and he managed to get it in only half an hour. It took a live yellowfin tuna on 130 lb line. Unfortunately the next day was very quite out there and they only got three sailfish and lost a marlin.

Neptune was meant to do an overnight trip to the NKB on the 23rd but due to the poor day out there the day before Angus postponed it. It turned out to be one of those poor all round days with most boats not seeing to much at all. Neptune had a good day however, fishing with Shaun Wembridge they released 2 striped marlin, 1 sailfish and some small fish. There was another lovely fish caught further North today off Lamu by Clueless. It was a black marlin of just under 600 lbs which they boated. They hooked it in the early morning and were back in Lamu by noon to weigh it. After smashing one set of scales when the fish fell down in the process of hanging, they eventually weighed it in the evening once another set had come up by taxi from Malindi.

Tuesday the 17th was another action packed day. Eclare fishing with Brian Parker,Rob Lake and Terry Chadman from our agents World Wide Fishing Safaris had a stripey, 2 large yellowfin and a dorado. Snowgoose fishing with Manfred again had a blue marlin and a large yellowfin tuna while Neptune fishing with Shaun Wembridge had 5 sailfish and got stuck in to a large shoal of large yellowfin. They had seven on at one time and managed to land six weighing between 22 and 26 kgs. As you can imagine this was shear pandemonium and they did well to land 6. Snark fishing of Malindi with Klaus had 5 sailfish and some small fish.

Wednesday the 18th produced a stripey and a sailfish for Leo Haak and co on Tina, 3 sailfish for Eclare and a mixed bag of small fish on Neptune. Snark had some bad luck losing a black marlin of over 300 lbs and a striped marlin and Malachite fishing with Gary Chesters also lost a black marlin after a while. This fish took a bonito they were bringing in on light line and a small jig.

Thursday the 19th saw Neptune with Brian Parker and co get a stripey, a sailfish and a twenty plus kg yellowfin. Eclare with John Cook lost a big fish after the hook straightened and without getting an ID on the fish they werenít to sure what it was. It nearly spooled them after the first run so it was a big fish whatever it was. Snowgoose out with Leo again had 6 sailfish and Snark had a mixed bag of small fish.

Friday the 19th was the Morson Cup light line tournament fished out of the Malindi Sea Fishing Club. Eclare with Egon and skipper Musa fishing won the tournament with 3 sailfish on 6 kg line. Snowgoose was second also with three sailfish but theirs were on heavier line. There were two marlin caught in the tournament including a nice black on Dave Darnboroughs Chinook. The fish was way over a hundred kgs on 20 lb line, a very good effort indeed. Due to the scoring system it was beaten by the sailfish caught on lighter line. Neptune was not in the tournament and they were fishing with Brian Parker and co on their last days fishing. They released a black marlin and boated 9 good sized yellowfin. Tina out on a 5 hour trip had 3 sailfish. Malachite with Gary Chesters again was plying the seas looking for a marlin but to no avail.

Saturday and Sunday sees the two day Billfish Tournament fished out of Malindi. We are hoping that it will be as fruitful for the anglers as last year when a lot of good sized marlin were caught. As far as we know there are 15 boats taking part. You will have to wait until next weeks update to find out what happened. Neptune is out on a NKB trip at the moment as well so letís hope there will be lots to report next week.

For those of you who are interested the Kenya sevens team were beaten by the USA in the quarter finals of the main cup but were runners up in the Plate final to New Zealand who avenged their earlier defeat. They returned home heroes though which is amazing for a country whose main sport is football and where most people donít know what rugby is. Next week is the world cup in Dubai so letís see who they can upset there.

Have a good week.

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Kingfisher Fishing Report for week ending Friday 27th February



Another super grand slam for a Kingfisher boat as marlin are still a plenty on the rips.



Dear All



It has been another busy week for us with most boats fishing every day. Although there are still plenty of marlin around, they proved to be rather difficult to hook this week. The sailfish seem to be dwindling off Malindi now with no where near the number being caught that boats were catching a few weeks ago. The weather remains relatively calm and it is getting hotter and hotter by the day. This is normal for this time of year as we build up to the long rains. The wind is already starting to swing around to the south which could mean early rains. The signs are that we could have big rains this year and it would be an under statement to say that the country needs it! We have not had proper rain for a few good years now, and most districts are suffering from drought.



The 21st and 22nd saw the holding of the Malindi Billfish Tournament. We only had Eclare and Snowgoose fishing but on the whole it was a good turn out of boats. The fishing was rather slow however, and a number of boats didnít catch marlin. The winner was Albatross with 3 striped marlin; she was fished by Jody Baker and Mohammed Fadhili. Second was Mlango Wazi with Jonathan Savage and Gavin Lawrence and third was Zambarani. The second and third placed boats had a striped marlin each with Mlango Wazi catching one more sailfish than Zambarani to pip them into second. Snark was our top boat on Saturday with a black marlin and 10 dorado, she was fishing with Brian Parker and Bob Lane from the UK.



Neptune returned from an overnight trip to the North Kenya Banks( NKB) on the 22nd with Shaun Wembridge. Apart from a good night where they got 4 broadbill and lost a large one by the boat after an hour the trip was slow. Very little was seen during the days. Shaun has fished with us for many years now and first came when Tom his son was a toddler. The highlight of his trip this time was Tom, who is now eleven, catching and releasing his first sailfish of an estimated 30 kgs. Snark fishing with the Blank party from Germany had a good mixed bag of sailfish and other game fish.



On the 23rd all our boats were out including Malachite. Snowgoose fishing with Stefan and Claude from Belgium had a couple of sailfish, a long tail tuna and a dorado as well as some baitfish. Whilst Snark, with Klaus on board caught a sailfish, a black tip shark and some small fish. Tina with the Lubkowitz party. had 4 sailfish, 5 dorado and 2 wahoo. Neptune had a good day out on the rips with Clive Watts and Glen Lines. They released a striped marlin and 4 sailfish. Not to be out done by Eclare, with John Cook had a black marlin and 4 sailfish and some small fish.



On the 24th four of our boats were out and although all had some sailfish and small fish no marlin were caught. Snowgoose left for a four day safari in the late afternoon with Rick Lemonnier, Don Lafferty and Andy. They were heading north to spend a few days at Kiwayu but due to time decided to go as far as Lamu instead.



The 25th was another relatively slow day with most boats not seeing any marlin. Neptune did get 4 sailfish however, and a 20 kg yellowfin and a dorado. Malachite was out with Gary Chester who comes out every year to fish her and is only interested in marlin. He has not been so lucky thus far and we hope that his luck will change soon. Just one good fish on a small boat such as Malachite makes your trip.



On the 26th Tina, Snark and Malachite all fished of Malindi and ended up with sailfish and small fish. Neptune with Clive and Glen lost two stripeys and ended up with 2 sailfish and a dorado.



The 27th was a much more productive day for our boats. Tina out with Claude and Stefan again, had 3 striped marlin whilst Neptune released a foul hooked stripey fishing into Ngomeini, to fish the NKB tomorrow. Klaus out on Snark for his last day had a good mixed bag of smaller game fish. Snowgoose returned from their trip up north and although the first two days did not produce to much the last two were very good. They left Lamu on Thursday morning and released a striped marlin,a blue marlin and 4 sailfish. They then had 4 broadbill in the night which gave them a Super Grand Slam. On Friday morning they hooked a nice black marlin which they fought for a while but lost after a good fight. So close to a Fantasy Slam! All in all they had a very successful trip and it was thoroughly enjoyed by the fishermen. Eclare fished into Watamu today to fish the Kilifi Classic Tournament with an all ladies team. Tight lines to the ladies, I hear the tournament will be very well attended with over 25 boats taking part. Next weeks update will have all the news from Kilifi and letís hope it is a productive tournament.



On the whole February has been a very good month for Kenyan tourism. Both the coast and up country have seen good numbers of tourists. The first two weeks of March are very good for us as well with a couple of longer trips up north in the pipeline. Business will dwindle of at the end of March but this is normal, especially on the coast due to the rainy season. The forecast for the coming season is not so good but we are optimistic that it will get better.
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Kingfisher Fishing Report for week ending Friday 6th March 2009



Fishing getting tougher but still enough action for a fun day out.



Dear All



I must apologize for the very late report for this week. We have been experiencing e-mail link hiccups in Malindi and therefore havenít been able to get the news to you on time. However we have now got a new line and hopefully it will be smooth sailing from now on.

Well it has been another good week on the sea for our boats although marlin yet again have proven hard to get. Boats are seeing marlin most days but landing them is a different matter. Sailfish are not being seen in huge numbers but there are still a fair few around. As is so often the case at this time of year there is a good variety of smaller game fish about. Dorado are making an early appearance. There will be more and more around as the wind settles into the south.





Saturday the 28th was a tough day for all our boats with no billfish being landed. Only wahoo, dorado, yellowfin tuna and baitfish today.



The 29th saw all our boats out again. It was Claude and Stefanís last day out today and they had a sailfish, 2 wahoo and a dorado on Snowgoose. Tina and Snark came back with a sailfish each as well. Malachite still fishing with Gary Chesters was hunting for that illusive marlin but sadly there was another ďno showĒ. Today also saw the last day of the Kilifi Classic Tournament. Eclare with a ladies team onboard took part but unfortunately ďlady luckĒ was not on their side this time. They had their chances with at least four marlin but none of them stuck. Delta from Mtwapa won the tournament with 1 black marlin, 2 striped marlin and 8 sailfish. All three marlin were caught on the last day and it was a real come from behind, as they were not in the running after the first day. Tengesi, the leader after the first day managed to hold on to second despite a late surge from the ever present Tarka. She was fished by Batian Craig, Neil Mcray and Justin Larby. They caught 3 striped marlin and 2 sailfish on the first day and then had a black marlin on for a while on the second day. This fish would have wrapped it all up for them but unfortunately it threw the hook after a spectacular take. As if this wasnít enough for the fish to know there was a problem, it came back for the bait a second time but once again fell off. Not very clever on the fishes behalf! Tengesi is only 21 ft so it was a very gallant effort from them.



The 2nd March produced a striped marlin and three sailfish for Mike Tracy on Neptune. Snowgoose and Tina returned with small fish only whilst Malachite with Gary Chesters did find a black marlin which they hooked but unfortunately the hook came out near the boat. Gary being the true fisherman that he is was thrilled to have seen the fish and to have had a chance at it. Losing it wasnít the end of the world for him.



The 3rd was the beginning of a four day trip for a group from South Africa and the UK. It was organized by Alan Wilcock who has been here before. They stayed at Kingfisher Villas and fished on Tina and Eclare. Eclare had 2 wahoo and Tina 1 sailfish and some small fish. Snark with Keith Spall had a mixed bag of 2 blacktip sharks, a long tail tuna and some bait fish. Mike Tracy on Neptune had another striped marlin and a sailfish.



On the 4th the Wilcock group didnít have too much luck but still managed a sailfish and some small fish between the two boats. Snowgoose with Alessandro from Italy struggled with 3 dorado and Snark had a sailfish and some small fish.

The Wilcock group decided that they would brave the Malindi traffic by hiring four motorbikes instead of taking taxis. Now I mean it when I say they are brave, those of you who have been to Malindi would have experienced the never ending throng of tuk-tuks and boda- bodas( motorbike taxis).After fishing they all took off back to the lodge amidst shouts of ďbe careful of the dangerous drivingĒ etc . To cut a long story short Alan Wilcock and Richie Burke faced Malindi driving first hand when they came off just outside the Stardust which is one of Malindis busiest areas. Luckily apart from a few grazes and a couple of dented prides no one was hurt. We are still not to sure if it was a reckless boda-boda or pilot error that caused the ďoffĒ! Needless to say they handed back the bikes to the hire company rather quickly.



On the 5th Eclare and Tina once again had a sailfish and some small fish between them. Snark had 2 sailfish and a mixture of small fish whilst Neptune with Mike Tracy on his last day had a couple of sailfish and some small fish.



On the 6th Eclare had a fun day up north with 2 sailfish, 5 yellowfin tuna, 1 wahoo and some baitfish. They were back on the mooring by noon. Tina, Snark and Neptune had a few sailfish and some small fish.



There were some bigger fish seen this week. Seahorse boated a black marlin of 360 lbs and Seyyida also boated a black of 420 lbs. This fish came up with another large fish to two live skipjack, the second one was on briefly but came off after a while. Seyyida who has had an exciting run also had a double header of 200 lb blacks on the first day of an overnight trip. They managed to get them both.



For those sport lovers out there you will be pleased to know that Kenya excelled themselves in the world cup sevens in Dubai. They reached the semi finals by beating Fiji, the defending champions in the quarterfinals 26-7. Unfortunately Argentina got the better of them in the semis. Still a gallant effort and the rest of the world has certainly sat up and recognized them as a serious threat in sevens. Well done Kenya!



The Watamu International Festival was on over the weekend and the Friends of Kenya is on today and tomorrow. I will fill you in on the outcome of these two competitions in next weeks report. Tight lines to all competitors.



Take care.



Adrian Paul
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What a weeks fishing we have just had of Malindi and Watamu. If you look back over the record books you will see that many of our big fish have been caught in March and this year is no exception. Neptunes grander blue was caught on the 18th March and a number of blacks over 800lbs have also been caught in March. The 700 lb mako which bit the tail of a large blue marlin was also in March. Neptune caught a lovely fish this week of just under 800 lbs and Alleycat released a black and a blue the same day both of which were estimated over 800 lbs. A few other large fish were lost or seen. Striped marlin are still around in large numbers, and closer in off Malindi smaller gamefish have been more prolific. The weather still remains very hot and humid and the wind is still northerly although it is expected to change at any minute. All in all it has been a brilliant weeks fishing with lots of very fishy tales.

Saturday the 7th March saw the start of the Penn International Challenge Cup( PICC). This tournament comprised nine teams from Holland and Belgium who fought it out over four days. Four of our boats took part with only Eclare excluded as she already had another booking. Snark had a good day with 1 black marlin and some smaller fish, whilst Neptune had a striped marlin and some small fish. Tina had a good mixed bag of a good sized giant trevally,a wahoo, a kingfish, 3 yellowfin tuna and some bait fish. Snowgoose released a black tip shark and got some smaller fish.

The 8th March was the last day of the Watamu Competition sponsored by Fly 540 and fished over two days. None of our boats took part but form all the reports reaching us it was a very successful competition. Tarka was the champion with a total of three striped marlin. Once again she had the winning formula team of Batian Craig and Phil Revett who were joined this time by Regie.2nd was White Mischief fished by Nick Michaelides,Andy Thomas and Danny Haller. 3rd was Unreel with Jeff Bell and co onboard. Eclare returned from an overnight trip of fly fishing with Billy Lynch from Nairobi. All in all it was a very successful trip. They released a striped marlin on fly on Saturday afternoon, and although they didnít land any broadbill they had 4 attempts at broadbill in the night. It was a very bright night and they only had strikes after the moon went down quite late. Today in the morning they capped it all off with a released sailfish on fly. Tina released a black marlin and 4 sailfish while Snowgoose released a black and 2 sailfish in the PICC. However the real star today was Seyyida. Also fishing in the PICC and having not had the best day yesterday she certainly redeemed herself today by catching 3 black marlin and a striped marlin. What a day and well done to the anglers and crew. All in all an exciting day today for most boats.

9th March was a relatively slow day for marlin with none of our boats catching any. Neptune did lose a very big fish which took a live yellowfin tuna. After a short fight the swivel clip broke which was very bad luck indeed. Snark had a fun day with Tine and Ronald De Jaager on board releasing 3 sailfish, 4 dorado,1 yellowfin and 1 queenfish. The anglers in the PICC were on a rest day today.

10th March saw the resumption of the PICC. Tina released a black marlin estimated at 65 kgs and added an assortment of small fish. Snark had a sailfish,15 yellowfin tuna and 4 dorado and Snowgoose released a bull shark estimated at 150 kgs as well as some small fish. Eclare was fishing with the Jooste family from South Africa who are fly fishing fanatics but unfortunately they had no luck today.

11th March was another good day for Seyyida on the last day of the PICC. She released 2 striped marlin which easily made her the top boat of the tournament. Well done Seyyida. Snowgoose released a black marlin estimated at 60 kgs and lost another considerably bigger fish. Yellowfin tuna seem to be on the bite at the moment and Tina got 15 today as well as 2 wahoo and a dorado. Neptune had 2 sailfish, 21 dorado, 1 yellowfin, 1 barracuda and 1 wahoo. Eclare with the Jooste family released a sailfish on fly. Boats taking part in the Friends of Kenya over night tournament departed with some heading north to the NKB and the majority going south to the south mlima. The finish time is 2 pm tomorrow.

12th March was an amazing fishing day all round and one that doesnít come around to often. Neptune fishing with Rudi Niven and Lucien Thinnmens had a day they wonít forget in a long time. They opted to stick around the canyons area of Watamu where lots of baitfish had been holding for a while. The plan was to catch some live baits and try for the big one. They managed to get some baits early and it wasnít long before they had hooked, tagged and released a 150 kg black marlin. Seeing as they had got off to such a good start they stuck to live baiting hoping for a bigger marlin. At 2 pm their plans paid off and they had another strike on a yellowfin. This time they could see it was a much bigger fish and after an hour and a half the anglers had run out of steam. Angus took over and by this time it was obvious that the fish had gone to the bottom and died. Therefore it was like planning up a dead weight and with a big fish this is no easy feat. In fact if it had not been 130 lb line they probably wouldnít have got it up. Anyway to cut a long story short after another hour or so up she popped. The fish had been foul hooked around the anal fin area and had got wrapped that is probably why she died on the bottom. Once back at Ocean Sports she weighed in at 785 lbs, what a fish. I say she because as most of you will know a fish this size is female. Males only grow up to 400 odd pounds. Angus reckons the one they lost two days ago when the swivel broke was just as big.
The boats returned from the Friends of Kenya and the winner Alleycat had an incredible trip. Not only did she get a super grand slam but the black and blue were both big fish. Peter the skipper estimated both around the 800 lbs mark. They also had a stripey and a sailfish and just missed out on the broadbill. The broadbill fishing was slow for all boats and only three were caught.due to the moon being very full and bright. As I said Alleycat, fished by Joss Taylor and co were the winners followed by Alaskan and White Mischief. All boats in the competition either caught or had chances at marlin. All our other boats apart from Snark caught marlin today. Eclare with the Jooste family again got a 90 kg black marlin but although they were still fly fishing it was caught conventionally whilst looking for bait. Snowgoose released a small black and got a mixed bag of small fish and Tina with Kim and Rick released a 60 kg black, 1 sailfish and some small fish.

Friday 13th March lived up to its reptation and was not a lucky day for any of our boats. Eclare with the Joosteís again tagged a sailfish on a fly and young Don had a go at a striped marlin. This being his first time he broke the tippet. They did raise 2 other stripeys and a black that did not take the fly. The other boats just ended up with small fish.

What a weekís fishing! The Friends of Kenya recorded 19 marlin and 29 sailfish on 11 boats. Amazing stats really. The top marlin boat this season is Tarka and she is 4 away from a century. This is by far and away the most marlin caught in a single season in Kenya. The sailfish record I should think has also been smashed by Neptune but we havenít got the exact figure yet. The season isnít even over yet!!!!!!

Business is starting to slow down in Malind now and bookings are decreasing as the days go by. Neptune is busy into April however, and this includes two five day trips up north.

Have a good week and take care

Adrian
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Dear All

What a weeks fishing we have just had of Malindi and Watamu. If you look back over the record books you will see that many of our big fish have been caught in March and this year is no exception. Neptunes grander blue was caught on the 18th March and a number of blacks over 800lbs have also been caught in March. The 700 lb mako which bit the tail of a large blue marlin was also in March. Neptune caught a lovely fish this week of just under 800 lbs and Alleycat released a black and a blue the same day both of which were estimated over 800 lbs. A few other large fish were lost or seen. Striped marlin are still around in large numbers, and closer in off Malindi smaller gamefish have been more prolific. The weather still remains very hot and humid and the wind is still northerly although it is expected to change at any minute. All in all it has been a brilliant weeks fishing with lots of very fishy tales.

Saturday the 7th March saw the start of the Penn International Challenge Cup( PICC). This tournament comprised nine teams from Holland and Belgium who fought it out over four days. Four of our boats took part with only Eclare excluded as she already had another booking. Snark had a good day with 1 black marlin and some smaller fish, whilst Neptune had a striped marlin and some small fish. Tina had a good mixed bag of a good sized giant trevally,a wahoo, a kingfish, 3 yellowfin tuna and some bait fish. Snowgoose released a black tip shark and got some smaller fish.

The 8th March was the last day of the Watamu Competition sponsored by Fly 540 and fished over two days. None of our boats took part but form all the reports reaching us it was a very successful competition. Tarka was the champion with a total of three striped marlin. Once again she had the winning formula team of Batian Craig and Phil Revett who were joined this time by Regie.2nd was White Mischief fished by Nick Michaelides,Andy Thomas and Danny Haller. 3rd was Unreel with Jeff Bell and co onboard. Eclare returned from an overnight trip of fly fishing with Billy Lynch from Nairobi. All in all it was a very successful trip. They released a striped marlin on fly on Saturday afternoon, and although they didnít land any broadbill they had 4 attempts at broadbill in the night. It was a very bright night and they only had strikes after the moon went down quite late. Today in the morning they capped it all off with a released sailfish on fly. Tina released a black marlin and 4 sailfish while Snowgoose released a black and 2 sailfish in the PICC. However the real star today was Seyyida. Also fishing in the PICC and having not had the best day yesterday she certainly redeemed herself today by catching 3 black marlin and a striped marlin. What a day and well done to the anglers and crew. All in all an exciting day today for most boats.

9th March was a relatively slow day for marlin with none of our boats catching any. Neptune did lose a very big fish which took a live yellowfin tuna. After a short fight the swivel clip broke which was very bad luck indeed. Snark had a fun day with Tine and Ronald De Jaager on board releasing 3 sailfish, 4 dorado,1 yellowfin and 1 queenfish. The anglers in the PICC were on a rest day today.

10th March saw the resumption of the PICC. Tina released a black marlin estimated at 65 kgs and added an assortment of small fish. Snark had a sailfish,15 yellowfin tuna and 4 dorado and Snowgoose released a bull shark estimated at 150 kgs as well as some small fish. Eclare was fishing with the Jooste family from South Africa who are fly fishing fanatics but unfortunately they had no luck today.

11th March was another good day for Seyyida on the last day of the PICC. She released 2 striped marlin which easily made her the top boat of the tournament. Well done Seyyida. Snowgoose released a black marlin estimated at 60 kgs and lost another considerably bigger fish. Yellowfin tuna seem to be on the bite at the moment and Tina got 15 today as well as 2 wahoo and a dorado. Neptune had 2 sailfish, 21 dorado, 1 yellowfin, 1 barracuda and 1 wahoo. Eclare with the Jooste family released a sailfish on fly. Boats taking part in the Friends of Kenya over night tournament departed with some heading north to the NKB and the majority going south to the south mlima. The finish time is 2 pm tomorrow.

12th March was an amazing fishing day all round and one that doesnít come around to often. Neptune fishing with Rudi Niven and Lucien Thinnmens had a day they wonít forget in a long time. They opted to stick around the canyons area of Watamu where lots of baitfish had been holding for a while. The plan was to catch some live baits and try for the big one. They managed to get some baits early and it wasnít long before they had hooked, tagged and released a 150 kg black marlin. Seeing as they had got off to such a good start they stuck to live baiting hoping for a bigger marlin. At 2 pm their plans paid off and they had another strike on a yellowfin. This time they could see it was a much bigger fish and after an hour and a half the anglers had run out of steam. Angus took over and by this time it was obvious that the fish had gone to the bottom and died. Therefore it was like planning up a dead weight and with a big fish this is no easy feat. In fact if it had not been 130 lb line they probably wouldnít have got it up. Anyway to cut a long story short after another hour or so up she popped. The fish had been foul hooked around the anal fin area and had got wrapped that is probably why she died on the bottom. Once back at Ocean Sports she weighed in at 785 lbs, what a fish. I say she because as most of you will know a fish this size is female. Males only grow up to 400 odd pounds. Angus reckons the one they lost two days ago when the swivel broke was just as big.
The boats returned from the Friends of Kenya and the winner Alleycat had an incredible trip. Not only did she get a super grand slam but the black and blue were both big fish. Peter the skipper estimated both around the 800 lbs mark. They also had a stripey and a sailfish and just missed out on the broadbill. The broadbill fishing was slow for all boats and only three were caught.due to the moon being very full and bright. As I said Alleycat, fished by Joss Taylor and co were the winners followed by Alaskan and White Mischief. All boats in the competition either caught or had chances at marlin. All our other boats apart from Snark caught marlin today. Eclare with the Jooste family again got a 90 kg black marlin but although they were still fly fishing it was caught conventionally whilst looking for bait. Snowgoose released a small black and got a mixed bag of small fish and Tina with Kim and Rick released a 60 kg black, 1 sailfish and some small fish.

Friday 13th March lived up to its reptation and was not a lucky day for any of our boats. Eclare with the Joosteís again tagged a sailfish on a fly and young Don had a go at a striped marlin. This being his first time he broke the tippet. They did raise 2 other stripeys and a black that did not take the fly. The other boats just ended up with small fish.

What a weekís fishing! The Friends of Kenya recorded 19 marlin and 29 sailfish on 11 boats. Amazing stats really. The top marlin boat this season is Tarka and she is 4 away from a century. This is by far and away the most marlin caught in a single season in Kenya. The sailfish record I should think has also been smashed by Neptune but we havenít got the exact figure yet. The season isnít even over yet!!!!!!

Business is starting to slow down in Malind now and bookings are decreasing as the days go by. Neptune is busy into April however, and this includes two five day trips up north.

Have a good week and take care

Adrian
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