Kenya offers anglers the opportunity to target billfish such as Sailfish, Striped Marlin and even Broadbill on fly. Over the last few seasons Kenya has proven to be the premier Sailfish destination on the East coast of Africa.
The billfish angling is world class, often more than 20 fish are raised in a day. A variety of techniques such as the teasing of billfish, sight casting and deep water dredging can be experienced by guests. There is also the chance to fish for the night feeding Broadbill Swordfish.
Although billfish form the main attraction, other species like Giant Trevally, Yellowfin Tuna, Largemouth Queenfish, Blacktip Trevally and King Mackerel can be targeted as well.
The Sailfish season kicks off in October and runs through until April, with huge numbers of fly rod size Sailfish arriving to feed in the food rich waters. The Striped Marlin along with their larger cousins, the Blue and Black Marlin follow later on in the year to join in on the banquet of baitfish which congregate around these waters.
As far as other pelagic fish go, Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo are abundant throughout the year.
There is a number of great venues and outfitters, however often their experience with dedicated fly fishing is often limited. Therefore Lax-a is involved in the planning of a few special tours in October/November 2008 guided by experienced South African guides. Each trip will be 5 days of fishing/6 nights. Included is 5 days of fishing in the Watamu area not far from Mombasa, 3 days fishing for billfish and 2 days reef fishing for other species. If you are interested in this please get in touch with me asap.
Apart from these special tours, Laxa can now also offer individual trips to the famed Pemba Channel Fishing Club 80 KM south of Mombasa. The Pemba Channel Fishing Club has a longstanding reputation not only for fantastic marlin fishing, but also for being a great lodge with lots to do for the rest of the family, so a great place to bring a non fishing partner or the whole family.