The wind seems to have swung round to the southeast now, with a firm kusi blowing – this is the signal to the billfish, especially the three species of marlin to move away on their annual migration paths, but some marlin are still being caught.

The Malindi SFC Billfish International, which is now a qualifying event for the International Game Fishing Association annual championships, was fished over the weekend of 11th-12th March, with the team on Little Toot, Alden and Will James and Philip Stein coming an easy first with three blue marlin. Tega was second, fished by Calvin du Plessis, Karla Bunting and Daniel Sheni, who found one blue and one striped marlin, while third was the team on Albatross, John Newman and Baisa Salim with a stripey and two sailfish. Fourth was Nala, fished by Walter Ndolo, up from Mtwapa, with a stripey and a sailfish.

Eleven boats found a total of eleven marlin and four sailfish, and a good party followed the prize giving, with a great range of prizes from many generous sponsors.

The Morson Cup, a light line completion on the Friday, had five entrants but as no billfish were caught, no winner emerged.

The fly fishers at Kiwayu continued their good run, with three boats raising thirty marlin over the week. Brian Heath tagged a blue marlin about 90 kgs, while Mike Dyer had a slightly smaller fish. Cheza, running back to Manda, tagged three marlin while looking for some eating fish for the freezer!

At Watamu, small boat Dilligaf ran two days to the North Kenya Banks, tagging two blue marlin one day and a single the next, while Jasiri tagged a blue and a couple of broadbill on an overnight trip, and another day found a stripey.

Alleycat tagged a sail and has had good catches of dorado, with some wahoo and kingfish over the week, while Unreel found two sail one day. We can expect plenty of dorado around the banks over the next few weeks, good fun for family fishing as they are hard fighters on light line, and good eating also.

Have not had full results of the Mike Dunford Tamarind tournament, but Bado, fished by Alex Brenneisen, Rob Jessop and Anne Taylor, was first in the amateur stream with a black marlin tagged and seven dorado, while coming second overall.