There have been fewer trips over the last week as the main tournament season is over, and the overseas anglers end their holidays, but there are still good fish to be caught, and most of the recent action has come at Malindi.

Kingfisher boats ran to the North Kenya banks a week ago, and Neptune tagged eight broadbill on an overnight trip – with a pair of sailfish as well, a really good nights fishing. Eclare released a blue marlin, a sail and three broadbill, while Snowgoose had two broadbill, one a big fish over 70kgs, and all the boats caught plenty of smaller gamefish.

Fishing closer in north of Malindi, Snowgoose tagged a black marlin of 90kgs, while Eclare weighed a very big yellowfin tuna of 75.5kgs. Neptune has been catching good mixed bags with some big giant trevally as well as wahoo, kingfish and dorado and some sailfish.

Watamu boats have not been out much, but both Unreel and Jasiri have returned flying a flag for a black marlin, so there is still action around the Banks which can easily be fished on short days. The wind has been variable, as it seemed set southeast, but then veered northeast again, and the area had a good shower with 17mms of rain, the first heavy storm for almost four months, and we look forward to the onset of the main rains after such a long drought.

No reports from the south coast, where it seems the boats have not been going out, but with the Easter holidays approaching local anglers will be bringing families down for the holiday and we can expect more trips.

Kilifi will be holding the annual Easter Frolic on the Sunday, a fun day for families especially, and if the weather stays calm there should be a good entry there. Usually dorado are plentiful and apart from providing good fishing fun on light lines, it is a good opportunity to stock up the deep freeze for the off season!