— DEEP FISHING —
an adventure with Kingfisher
The History of Kingfisher
Kingfisher have been operating out of
Malindi for the past 40 years. We have an
international reputation and have featured in
television fi shing programs shown in the UK.
Many records for Kenya, All Africa and World
Records have been caught from our boats. The
Kenya coast is fortunate in having some of the
best fi shing on the African continent with a wide
variety of top sporting game fi sh to be caught.
There are 2 monsoon winds that prevail on the
Kenya Coast: The Kusi (southern monsoon)
which blows from April to November and The
Kaskazi (northern monsoon) which blows from
late November through to March. These winds
play a big part in the migratory patterns of most
game fi sh, therefore different times of the year are
better for certain species.
Your skipper will be happy to release Billfi sh and
Sharks if the fi sh is in good condition. All tagging
information is sent to The African Billfi sh
Foundation who then track recaptures, the furthest
a Striped Marlin re-caught off Australia.
All of our crew are well trained, having come
through two seasons of training and most speak
English. They are eager to please and help the
clients at any time. The tackle on all boats is in
good condition. Rods and reels are either Penn or
Shimano, and each boat has a wide range of lures
from companies such as Moldcraft and Ilander.
Kingfisher and affi liated boats take a maximum
of 4 fi shermen and are available for long days (10
hours) and short days (6 hours). Each boat comes
equipped with an Echo sounder, GPS navigation,
VHF audio, safety equipment and all tackle.
Soft drinks are provided on board. Packed lunches
are should be ordered through the clients hotel.
Gratuities are not included and client’s are free
to leave a tip for the crew at the end of the day,
ask the skipper what is a fair sum. All boated fi sh
belong to the boat, unless the client wants to take
a fi sh back to the hotel to eat. Return transfers
from Malindi hotels are included in the price, reliable
taxis are available if required for accommodation
outside Malindi. We recommend you bring sun
cream, a hat, sunglasses (polarized preferably) and
Malindi is world renowned for ‘Sailfish’ which is
the smallest yet most acrobatic of the Kenyan
Billfi sh family. Sailfi sh are great fun on light tackle
(20lb and under), with their diffi cult takes and
searing runs. They are found throughout the season,
but the best period is September to February.
Three of the Marlin family occur on our coast,
Black, Blue and Striped. Black Marlin can be found
throughout the season. They roam both shallow
and deep water and have been caught up to
850lbs. The Blue and Striped Marlin inhabit deeper
blue water. They appear for a short time in August
and September, but the most fruitful time is from
January to March. Kingfisher has caught the biggest
Blue Marlin on the Kenyan coast, a grander of
1250lbs. Broadbill swordfi sh the ‘gladiators’ of the
sea are caught at night throughout the season, the
best time being over the new moon. Kenya’s best
night saw 12 broadbill caught on Neptune. The
biggest broadbill was caught on Eclare in March
2000 and weighed in at 362lbs. Pound for pound
the Broadbill is probably the hardest fi ghting fi sh in
the sea. Kingfi sher run two night trips, the long day
night day and and the shorter night only.
Malindi has experienced some incredible Tuna
fi shing in the Ziwayu catchment area. The biggest
to date is a fi sh of 105kgs. Kingfisher boats have
smashed the Kenya 80 and All Tackle Records for
Yellowfi n Tuna several times. There were several
days when over 1000kgs were caught on one boat,
in one day. The Tuna season runs from late July
to October. There are many different Sharks and
other game fi sh such as Wahoo, Kingfi sh, Barracuda,
Dorado, various Trevally, Cobia, Grouper and
many other bait and bottom fish.