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Friends Of Kenya Fishing 6th & 7th March 2012
What a pleasure it was to see Watamu buzzing with the recent FRIENDS OF KENYA Fishing Competition. Hosted at Hemingways for the 11th time and sponsored for the 5th year in succession by Aggreko Plc along with the ever supportive “Friends of Kenya “ who all contributed in their own way.
The tournament was fully subscribed with the maximum 25 boats competing in the two day event. The race for top honours was very close and any one of three boats could have won in a very tense last hour.
Over the two days there were a total of 3 Black Marlin, 6 Blue Marlin and 4 Striped Marlin – one caught and released on fly and 58 sailfish – four caught and released on fly.
The top three prize winners were;
1st – Robin James (tagged a Striped of 110lbs), Dicky Evans (Released a Blue of 600lbs) and Stuart Simpson (tagged a Blue of 350lbs) on BAMARA and their catch included 1 Sail. Dicky’s Blue was a brute of a fish well in excess of 600lbs and took him over 90 minutes to get it to the leader on 80.
2nd – Imraan Moosa (tagged a Blue of 200lbs) , Nahid Moosa (tagged a Black of 150lbs) and Baisa Salim on INSTEDDA and their catch included 6 Sail.
3rd – Adam Ogden(tagged Blue of 200lbs) , Nixon Nayeni (tagged a Black of 165lbs) and Adam Lenga on BLACK WIDOW and their catch included 1 Sail.
Over the last 5 years, Aggreko Holdings Ltd have contributed significantly to the Watamu area both in terms of supporting local schools and orphanages and are also working with Hemingways with the ongoing development of deep sea fishing by the off season training boat crews. It was great to see one of last years recruits beavering away on SIMBA as crew in his own right!
The auction of the boats raised KShs 158,000/- and this plus monies raised at the prize giving held at Hemingways totalled KShs 486,000/- which will be used for more crew training and further assistance at the Orphanage.
Robin James from Aggreko spoke briefly at the prize giving and introduced his successor, Thomas Yieke, who having experienced the thrill of deep sea fishing for the first time confirmed that Aggreko would look to continue sponsoring the event next year. Great news all round.