Mittlerweile fischen immer mehr Kunden auch auf Marlin. Jetzt hat auf unserem Partnerboot Eclare ein Kunde einen tollen Tag und hat neben einem Broadbill auch mehrere Marline gefangen, also einen Grand Slam on Fly gefangen.
Hier die Nachricht aus Malindi.
“GRAND SLAM” ON FLY!!!! CON JOOSTE ON ECLARE REGISTERS KENYA’S FIRST GRAND SLAM ON FLY AND THE WORLDS FIRST WITH A BROADBILL AS PART OF THE SLAM.
History was made here this past week as regular fly fisher Con Jooste registered Kenys’s first “Grand Slam” on fly. I have to say I am not to sure if and where it has been done elsewhere in the world but I am told it has but not with a broadbill as one of the three billfish. The full story of Con’s feats is told below. It has been another good and busy week for us here at Kingfisher. The fishing is still very erratic with the odd brilliant day and quite a few blanks. The weather continues to be hot and humid and the wind is still blowing from the north. The current is also going south which is not good at all and is more than likely the reason why the fishing isn’t as good as it has been. This is because the dirty water from up north is all over the fishing grounds and the lack of a strong northerly current means that the upwellings along the various mountains and ledges are not so vigorous. We have had quite a few cloudy days this week and the odd slight drizzle but nothing to jump up and down about. There have been a few bigger fish seen which is a good sign as we could do with some big “mama’s “on the end of our lines. The run of small blues seems to have dwindled off a bit with the majority of marlin caught this week being striped and a handful of black’s. It is interesting to note that since the beginning of January our boats have had 2 super grand slams and 13 grand slams between them. Let’s hope we can get a few more in before the end of the season.
On the 15th February Eclare departed at noon for an overnight trip to the South Mlima with Con Jooste on board. The main aim of the trip was to try and catch a broadbill on fly which hasn’t been done too many times before. The first broadbill on fly in the world was caught by Jeremy Block off the Kenya coast on Eclare in April 1998 when Richard Moller owned and skippered her. That was many moons ago and only four or five more have been caught since then. It takes a lot of patience and skill to even cast at one let alone catch one so no wonder they are any salt water fly fishermans dream. They didn’t have too much luck during the day and only caught one sailfish conventionally on the way out. At 6.30 pm the teasers were set out and the boat slowed down into broadbill speed. Obviously the main aim with any billfish fly fishing is to get the fish close enough to the boat so one can cast at it. During the day this is fine as you can see what you are doing but at night it is a different story and the man on the teaser has to feel what is going on. From what I can gather most broadbill raised fall back once they strike and don’t get close enough. That wasn’t the case tonight however, as at 7.30 pm they had a strike and the fish came right to the back of the boat and as Con cast out into the dead of night it pounced on to the fly. Even though it was only approximately 25 kgs it gave him a good fight and after half an hour or so they had tagged it and let it go. As one can imagine it didn’t really matter what happened during the rest of the night as Con’s dream had come true. They did have three or four other strikes but none of them hooked up. At first light the marlin teasers were put back in and they started to troll faster looking for a sailfish or marlin. They had literally just got going again when a stripey came in to the spread and amazingly it was hooked and tagged and released as well. After the excitement had subsided Con and the crew realized that they had a chance to make history and suddenly the anxiety levels shot up. Quite a few sail had been seen of Malindi so to Malindi they headed. No sooner had they decided to look for a sailfish when a nice black marlin pitched up behind a teaser.Con got the fly to it and it took but came of after a few jumps. Once they got to Malindi they saw a lot of fish jumping behind other boats but they couldn’t raise any.
They were giving up hope and were just about to call it a day when a sailfish appeared in the spread. The fly was cast and it nailed it immediately and after a short while it was tagged and released and that was that, a Grand slam on fly all tagged and released and caught by one angler. An amazing effort and one which I am sure Con will never forget. None of our other boats had marlin on the 16th but it was a good day for sailfish with Snowgoose getting five, Tina four, Snark three, Malachite two and Neptune one.
On the 17th marlin were few and far between again but Tina managed to get a stripey of approximately 60 kgs for Mike Clough. After trying for a few years this was his first marlin so he was a happy man at the end of the day. Neptune also got a stripey for Steve Herrick as well as two sailfish. Snowgoose fishing with Ted and Barnaby Grayson managed to get five sail once again.
On the 18th Snark fishing with old stalwarts Bernd Baye and Christian Kutz caught four sailfish and a giant trevally which was tagged and released. Eclare on Con Jooste’s last day tagged a sailfish on fly and missed a few others. Con also got a nice sized wahoo on fly without a wire leader which was a very good effort.
Friday the 19th was the Morson cup light tackle tournament fished out of the Malindi Sea Fishing Club. Eclare was our only boat in the tournament fishing with Egon Jenke and Reiner Weider. They did well to get into third place with five sailfish, Tarka was second with five as well, but a couple were caught on lighter line than Eclares, and Unreel was first with six sail. A total of twenty one sailfish were caught on the six boats and all boats caught at least one which makes it one of the most fruitful Morson Cups in many years. I remember some years when no billfish at all were caught and quite a few when only one or two sail have been landed.
Saturday the 20th saw the start of the Malindi International Billfish Tournament. Unfortunately only seven boats entered the event which is a shame for such a well known tournament. The tournament was sponsored by Wells Fargo courier, Hotel Plan and Diamond Trust bank. The club is very grateful to all three as sponsors are very hard to come by these days. The auction was held in the club on Friday night and a good turnout meant that the top boats went for a reasonable amount of money. Tarka fished by Paul Worthington,Batian Craig and Callum Looman had an incredible start catching three striped marlin together at 9 am. They could have called it a day and gone back to the bar for a drink after that! Offcourse they didn’t and a fourth stripey was added a few hours later. Neptune with John Cook and Steve Herrick lay in second place with one stripey and a sailfish after the first day and Unreel was third. Snowgoose fishing with Billy Lynch were out on an overnight trip fly fishing for marlin in the day and broadbill at night. Unfortunately they weren’t as lucky as Eclare although they had a good early start tagging a sailfish on the way out. They did have three or four strikes in the night but none came in close enough.
On the 21st, the last day of the billfish it was try and catch Tarka day for the other contenders in the tournament. Tarka gave them a good chance as they didn’t add to their overnight lead at all but their first day lead was just too big a gap. Neptune had three stripeys up together and hooked two but unfortunately one fell off, they missed one and ended up with one which was enough for second place. Unreel tagged a black and a sail to retain third place. It was a very good tournament and I think all those that took part really enjoyed themselves. The party that took place in the club later in the evening until the late hours of the night certainly suggested so anyway! Tina although not in the tournament had a good day with one black marlin of approximately 80 kgs and three sailfish.
This coming weekend is the Kilifi Classic held out of Swynfords boatyard. It is always a very popular tournament and let’s hope there will be lots of entrants.
All in all another good week for us here and it seems this coming week will be busy as well. The season is running along quickly and there is only a month or so left before it starts to get quiet.
We have attached a few pictures of the “Fly Grandslam” to this update.
Have a good week and take care.