Watamu Festival and Friends of Kenya Competition
Held back to back the Watamu Festival and the Friends of Kenya fishing competitions were a great success with many thanks going to the Watamu Sea Club for sponsoring the Watamu Festival and to Aggreko and Inshore Support for sponsoring the Friends of Kenya. Without their support we would not be able to hold these events.
The Watamu Festival was held on the 1st/2nd March 2014 out of Ocean Sports.The winning team was on White Bear Skippered by Jackson Safari and fished by Martin Foster, Robin James and Jamie Shepherd from Dubai. They had a great first days fishing with a Blue Marlin and two Striped Marlin and on the second day they also managed to release another Striped Marlin bringing them a total of 1 Blue Marlin and 3 Striped Marlin to secure 1st position.
Blue Marlin February
Those that have joined us this February at Hemingway’s have had some amazing fishing out on the Rips and inshore.The Blue Marlin have showed up in great numbers. Some of the days up to 16 Blue Marlin have been caught with some Striped Marlin mixed in between!
Ol Jogi II had some great days of fishing with double headers of Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin and double figures on Blue Marlin. Fishing with Roberto Nicola from Italy on Ol Jogi II they decided to fish just 4miles from the Hotel fishing off the famous Mida Creek for Sailfish on light tackle. They raised 8 Sailfish and released 1. In the afternoon with just 20minutes of fishing time left a Black Marlin crashed the short teaser and with no hesitation the fish switched to a Flat line with its bill thrashing around and its dorsal waving at the anglers. Fishing on 20pound line we would like to congratulate Nicola on landing his 1st Black Marlin on light tackle.
January 2014 Fishing News
The past two weeks fishing off Watamu and Malindi have been difficult with the water Temperature still being slightly too cool. Despite the cooler waters that we are facing at the moment some great Billfish are still being caught.
Hemingway’s was chosen to Host the 2014 SADSAA light tackle tournament fished by Natal, Sadsaa, S.Team White, S.Team Red and Mpumalanga representing their provinces from South Africa.
Over the Four days of fishing there were 17 Sailfish and 1 Black Marlin released; all caught on 20pound line class, strictly IGFA rules.
Despite the smallish numbers of Billfish actually caught; there were more than double the figures raised and lost due to the difficulty of line class and rules placed in the Tournament.
December 2013 Fishing news
It’s been a very Festive and a busy Christmas and New Years here at Hemingway’s.
Not only has it been the Party central of Watamu the fishing has been Hot as well.
With Chris Sparg and Beatrice Meyer visiting Hemingway’s from Cape Town, South Africa. Chris is an adept Tuna fisherman who has come out to Kenya to hunt for Marlin because in the cooler waters of Cape Town they are rare.
On arrival we got to meet the lovely couple in the foyer of Hemingway’s with Billfish mounts hanging proudly on the walls. When traveling to African countries there are always a few hiccups on the way but this make the journey even more exciting.
Nonetheless there was great excitement for the two of them getting out on the water to wet their lines. The following morning the weather conditions were perfect, glassy seas and crystal clear waters and perfect little waves lapping up the beach just in front of the main Bar and Restaurant.
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November 2013 Fishing News
Ol Jogi, Simba and White Bear fished a total of eight Boat days on Fly looking for Billfish. A total of One Black Marlin and twenty Sailfish were raised and out of these eleven of the Sailfish took the fly! A total of 4 Sailfish were tagged in the tournament and the winner was Peter Ruysenaars from Shimoni with two Sailfish.
Out on the Rips there have been a few Striped and Black Marlin raised and tagged along with one Blue of 300lbs caught in November. There have been a lot of small Yellow fin Tuna just outside the Centre Mlima being followed by our favorite Frigate and other Ocean going birds.
On the normal fishing days over 25 Sailfish were tagged and released, with good shoals of Yellow fin tuna recorded on the North Kenya Banks. Mark and Anne Nightingale, a regular fishing couple, had six days mainly jigging for Amberjack and Giant trevally.
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