Nine members of English Section travelled to Hemmingway’s on the Kenyan coastline. The hotel was amazing with Marlin, Sailfish, and a multitude of others species hanging from the walls in the reception and bar areas – it certainly made us want to go fishing as soon as possible.
We were there for 13 days, and with the competition only being 4 days, there was plenty of time to get some practice in. I am sure that everyone that went either had a personal best or new specie to add to their list.
All the boats were excellent, and the crew all worked really hard to help the anglers achieve a fish of their lifetime. One of the fish of the holiday has to be a tiger shark of approx 1,100lb caught by Steve Parkinson on one of the practice days. With all Sailfish and Giant Trevallies being returned for points, the prize for the heaviest weighed fish went to Dave Styles with a King Mackerel of 43lbs.
This was a trolling event so after the event was over several countries took advantage of drifting the 600 feet deep reefs, the action was non stop with treble shots of large red snapper not uncommon. The only problem was getting them to the top without something large trying to get a free lunch.
Congratulations must go to the South Africans who had a great method of catching a lot of Dorado and Sailfish; they really deserve their gold medals.