Marlin breaking the blue sea surface, off the Malindi game fishing coast of Kenya, East Africa.
Kingfisher sea game fishing boat with outrigger, moving to bait fish area for tuna and sailfish.
Under water Blue Marlin, on a ‘Tag and Release’ fishing rapala lures line, Malindi, Kenya Coast.

Kenya Sea Fishing

The waters of the Kenyan coast are world-renowned for hosting some of the best big game deep-sea fishing.

 

What sets Kenya apart from other fishing destinations is the unique combination of underwater terrain, ocean currents and coastal winds.

 

Further, Kenya’s coastline has some world renowned tropical white sand beaches, framed by swaying coconut palms and indented by mangrove-lined creeks opening to the warm, inviting turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

 

With relaxed rustic beach lodges and unpretentious seafront accommodation available, this makes for a perfect day off from fishing, or a great family ‘chic

beach retreat’ for an extended holiday... see Sybarite Safaris

 

AVAILABILITY & ITINERARY OPTIONS

 

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Big Game Fishing

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Please see our Kenya Big Game Sea Fishing information sheet.

Sustainable Marine Conservation

We use one of Kenya's oldest sea fishing family businesses, who we consider not only good friends but to be one of the best and most experienced on the African coast, as do many who understand big game sea fishing in the Indian Ocean.

All the fishing boats we use, support and practice the ‘Tag & Release’ recording system for billfish, shark and many of the game fish, to enhance local ecotourism and maintain Sustainable Marine Conservation in the Indian Ocean.

Kenya generally has all year-round offshore fishing with a short off season from April to June.

 

  •    July, August and September

 

The Kusi, the south-east monsoon blows when good mixed bag can be taken with species coming inshore to feed:

 

Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)

Black Marlin (Istiompax indica)

Barracuda - Blackfin barracuda (Sphyraena qenie)

Giant Trevally (Caranx ignobilis)

Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri)

Kingfish (King Mackerel - Scomberomorus cavalla)

Dorado (The Mahi-mahi / Dolphinfish - Coryphaena hippurus)

Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) - some of the best bait fishing.

Sharks - often caught while fishing for other fish or while fighting a fish!

  •    October, November and December

 

The main Sailfish / billfish season, runs from the end of September, when sailfish populations increase to late March. Besides Sailfish, many of the above fish species and still in play...

  •    January, February and March

 

Around the end of the year, the winds from the north start to blow, the Kaskazi - this brings the Marlin and Broadbill Swordfish.

The seas are warmer and calmer during the Kaskazi months, December to March, and perfect months for the 'Slams' 1.

 

Striped Marlin (Kajikia audax)

Blue Marlin (Makaira mazara)

Black Marlin (Istiompax indica)

Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)

Swordfish (Xiphias gladius), also known as broadbills - tend to be more active in the upper layers at night.

Sea Safaris

The southern tip of the North Kenya Banks are forty miles straight off Malindi, a steep Bank, which rises up from very deep water, which attract Bait Fish (Yellowfin Tuna etc..) and in turn bring in the predators. This huge bank runs north from Malindi to the northern border, off Lamu and Kiwayu.

 

Situated on the southern end of an archipelago of islands running north towards Somalia, Lamu is surrounded by countless under water canyons, mountains and drop offs, it is also the closest point to the north end of the North Kenya Bank; many of the big marlin have been fought off this fascinating archipelago.

 

Kiwayu is a smaller island north of Lamu, in the remote Kiunga Marine Park. These virgin waters are rarely visited making fishing these areas a joy without other boats pushing the fish down.

“You are killing me, fish,” the old man thought.

“But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful,

or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother.“

                                                                      Ernest Hemingway, 'The Old Man and the Sea' (1952)

Malindi Sea Fishing Club

The Swahili coastal town of Malindi, is surrounded by warm sandy beaches, High Sand dunes and a vibrant River Ecosystem. Historically Malindi has been by many cultures

 

The town, founded around the 1st Century AD, has come under many influential forces; more recently, the 16th Century saw a Portuguese decree, while in the 17th Century, Malindi was ruled by the Sultan of Oman and Zanzibar for another 200 years before the Scramble and Partition of Africa, which saw the town alongside other parts of the country under the British rule in the 19th Century.

 

Malindi Sea Fishing Club is a famous institution, founded in 1959 for "the betterment and advancement of sea sports in the Malindi area with special reference to salt water fishing".

 

It’s a quaint old-fashioned club by the beach, set in a pretty garden, shaded by tall trees. The whitewashed walls and columns, are open without glass windows, and the low walls between the columns double as sitting space.

 

Through the entrance you are immediately graced with a Great White shark baring its jaws, landed on the 16th June 1996 - the very day we first made our acquaintance with the club, when the original Clubhouse was in use (1969-2010), behind the current Clubhouse.

Marlin caught at the surface of the Indian Ocean, showing red tag, being released, after a successful boat “tag & release”.
KENYA 'TAG & RELEASE'

Fish are tagged to obtain information on their movements and growth. Both pieces of information can contribute to the more effective management of fish stocks.

Billfish leaping & jumping from the Indian Ocean while fighting a big game sea fishing line off the coast of Malindi, Kenya.
Marlin hooked with purple Rapala fishing lure, underwater photo with line to surface, off the Malindi coast of Kenya.
 
The new Malindi Sea Fishing Club from 2010, with grander marlin & shark on wall, above wooden bar, open arch window pillars.
Big game fishing sea safari boat with crew tending rods & lines for marlin, sailfish & tuna, off Kenya coast at Malindi.
Classic white sandy beach on the Indian Ocean coast, with palm trees, near Malindi Sea Fishing Club, Kenya, East Africa.
Che Shale banda interior made from local driftwood & Makuti, dried coconut palm, at Malindi, Kenya for big game sea fishing.
Sandy beach & palm tree outside Che Shale banda, with sunbed & table made from local driftwood, Indian Ocean in the distance.

 

     References:

   

      1  Saltwater Slams recognized by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA)

 

BILLFISH GRAND SLAM

Any combination of the following three billfish in a single day.

  • Sailfish

  • Blue Marlin

  • Black Marlin

  • Striped Marlin

  • Swordfish / Broadbills

 

OFFSHORE GRAND SLAM

Any combination of the following three offshore fish in a single day.

  • Any of the Billfish species listed above in the ‘Billfish Grand Slam’

  • Dorado (aka Mahi-mahi / Dolphinfish)

  • Wahoo

  • Yellowfin Tuna