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.

On board

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

suitable clothing.


Fish Species

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.