Variable winds and calm seas but fish around
After the heavy rain of a week ago, it has been dry and the winds are swinging around. This could be the beginning of the change in the monsoon or is there more rain to come?
Lamu is still the hotspot for the sailfish, and Neptune from Malindi has been on a six-day trip to the island, fishing off Manda Bay, with a total of 25 sailfish - good fishing .
This is what the sailfishing at Malindi can be like at this time of year, but so far the sail have not put in an appearance around that area, for unknown reasons. Fish are unpredictable animals, although their feed is a primary cause.
South of Mombasa, at Diani, Shuwari has been raising sailfish, with a couple caught by Anthony Cilia on one trip, while Sebastian from Germany released a very big sail, estimated at 45kg. We don’t see many sailfish of that size these days. There are still yellowfin tuna around the area, but they are busy feeding on sardines and very difficult to catch.
At Watamu, Alleycat released a nice black marlin estimated at 120kgs with angler Darryl Rurka – they also had a couple of wahoo and a nice yellowfin, and were kept busy with plenty of wahoo strikes!
These latter fish, with their savage teeth, can prove very frustrating, with packs attacking and cutting up all the lines in a mass strike and the anglers ending up with nothing on the end but damaged lures and mangled baits!
Unreel has had a few trips, with good catches of wahoo and yellowfin but the sailfish that were around the Banks seem to have moved away and we wait now for the north monsoon to blow firmly and bring in the billfish onto the Rips area. These deep water ledges lie about 16 nautical miles out, coming up to 150 metres from the deep of 300 metres or more, and the currents welling up create white water rips even on the calm days which concentrates the bait and predator fish.
Regular anglers from overseas usually arrive this month onward for the sailfish run and then the main marlin season after Christmas, so lets hope we shall see more fishing activity now.