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Kingfisher Sport Fishing Kenya Season Review and Preview

Is it July already? This year has flown by without us even noticing. Continuing on from the great fishing in December last year, our high season proved no different. Some of the highlights include:

  • 251lb Yellowfin TunaTwo Grandslam’s for Eclare this season. One in January and another early in March. Both sets of anglers worked hard to get a blue marlin, striped marlin and sailfish on each occasion.
  • Young skipper (and my son), Arran Paul on boat Eclare caught a massive 251lb Yellowfin Tuna. Talk around the club that evening was that the catch was the biggest ever caught in Kenya.
  • Some really nice big Blue Marlins caught during the season, some estimated to be as big as 600 - 800lb. Of course, there were a lot of Sailfish around making daily action exciting and chatter at the club animated. We even had a few night-time Broadbill Swordfish catches, which for us is like the cherry on the top. Some of the fish were lost before reaching the boat but all that were caught were successfully released.

We are finding more and more anglers opting for inshore fishing, where they get the chance to try for GT’s. Great fun and over the season there were some really good size fish coming up.

Heaps of action on our boats, keeping our skippers on their toes, from January to March 2017 which included Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Broadbill Swordfish, Sailfish plus good sized Tuna, GT’s and Wahoo. There were also Barracuda, Kingfish and other small species.

Great Fishing for GTsWhat Happens to Our Boats Out Of Season?

Early April is the time of year when all our boats are out the water as the Kingfisher team clean bottoms and paint fresh coats of anti-fouling. Sitting in the water during the year takes it’s toll and this is the perfect time to give each of the boats their annual ‘health check’, each of them getting a fresh lick of paint, a good clean and a much needed overhaul.

While ‘high & dry’ we use traditional wooden cradles to house the boats. This gives us really good access to the hull and underside. Neptune went back in less than a month ago using tried and tested methods. Many hands, poles, ropes, high-tide, brute force and a lot of shouting. Works every time.

It’s not only the boats that get an overhaul. All our tackle gets a thorough clean and refurbishment where necessary. It’s all the stuff we’ve been meaning to do for months…fixing broken reels, un-winding old line and replacing with fresh, oiling rusty hooks, organising lures according to size, type and function and so the list goes on.

Since getting back in the water, we have managed to get over 30 Sailfish, GT’s, Kingfish, Tuna, Barracuda, Wahoo and even a few Marlin. Sadly losing a big one after 2 hours. Important to note, this is only in a 10 day fishing window. The water is enticingly full of bait, which is clearly bringing the game fish in.

Neptune Back in the Water and Ready to Go!

Looking at the New Fishing Season

Looking forward over the next few months, we hope to find the big Tuna running again between August and September. They’re a tough fish and as a season-opener will give your muscles a workout and our lines a good stretch.

The rains will pretty much stop by October, which is the most reliable month for good water clarity and this continues through until March. The water temperature also increases bringing in the bait. It’s a cycle, which we observe each year and can pretty much set our watches to it. Interestingly, it is because of this clear water, we have it on good authority that October/November can be excellent for saltwater fly fishing. Anyone interested in getting over here to test our theory out?

October also signifies our competition season and this year is shaping to be another cracker. The prizes are fantastic; the competition is stiff and the camaraderie unbeatable. Boat bookings do fill up fast, so don’t leave it too long if you are interested.

Stunning Striped Marlin

2017 Dates for your Diary

20 October - Churchill Light Tackle – Malindi

21-22 October - International Festival - Malindi (IGFA qualifier)

26 November – Charity Eye-Go Fishing – Mtwapa

17 December - Christmas Hamper/Open Boat - Mtwapa

26 December – Kids Family Christmas Competition - Watamu

27 December – Christmas Hamper Competition – Kilifi

28-29 December - Watamu Sea Fishing Club Christmas Festival – Watamu

31 December – Captain Andy’s Mida Creek Kids Fishing Competition –Watamu

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2018 Dates for your Diary

7 January - Diani Samaki Classic – Diani

27-28 January – Delamere Fishing Competition – Kilifi

11 February - Mtwapa Cup – Mtwapa

24-25 February – Captain Andy’s Kilifi Classic Fishing Competition - Kilifi

3-4 March – Watamu Fishing Festival – Watamu

3-4 March - Marlin Championship – Watamu

4 March - Kilulu Competition - Mtwapa

6-7 March – Friends of Kenya - Watamu

9 March - Morson Cup (Light Tackle) - Malindi

10-11 March - Malindi International Billfish Tournament – Malindi (IGFA qualifier)

17 March - The Mike Dunford Fishing Tournament – Nyali

1 April - Easter Frolic (Easter Sunday Competition) – Kilifi

Sailfish CatchWhat is our prediction for the upcoming season? Overnight fishing and we offer trips out to the North Kenya Banks or Watamu Banks. On either trip, you can expect to catch the full range of billfish (Marlin (either Black or Blue), Striped Marlin, Sailfish and Broadbill). Nowhere else in the world do you have this unique opportunity to catch a Fantasy Slam in 24 hours. Ask us how.

Our booking desk is getting busy, with February & March already quite full. There are still plenty of openings available in September, October and November and December and we’d love to hear from you.

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Angus Paul
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a fisherman. Growing up on the North coast of Kenya, I was fortunate enough to have world-class bill fish fishing right on my doorstep. It also helped that my family ran one of the few charter companies in the region at the time. There were no favours offered and I did my training through the ranks like everyone else and became a skipper more than 30 years ago. It’s a well-documented fact that I catch the most Sailfish year-on-year and have a sound reputation for getting my clients ‘on the fish’. I head up the family business now, and am bringing my eldest son up through the ranks too…but I always find time to fish.