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Kenya was originally put on the fishing map by the most famous of all big game anglers Ernest Hemingway. Since his books and articles many years ago now, the fishing in Kenya has gone from strength to strength. With the investment of big and better boat fishing areas like the North Kenya Bank are now accessible for day fishing trips. Fishing in Kenya is also one of the few places in the world big game fishing anglers can achieve the fantasy slam, catching 5 different species of billfish in any one day.

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Big Game Fishing Safari

Big-game fishing, often referred to as offshore sport fishing, offshore game fishing, or blue-water fishing is a form of recreational fishing, targeting large fish renowned for their sporting qualities, such as tuna, marlin and sailfish. Whether you're an experienced angler or just want to try your hand at Big Game Fishing we guarantee you a trip to remember with all the excitement, fun and drama that this sport holds!

We arrange charters from as little as 4 hours to a full day and more. Our boats are fully equipped with all the latest tackle and electronic GPS. Fish Finder, not to mention of course drinks and refreshments are all included. You can expect to catch Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Kingfish, Dorado and Barracuda to name but a few. In fact just like our Game Park Safaris, our Indian Ocean Sea Safaris offer you the trip of a lifetime with the best boats and crew on the Kenya Coast.

With the continental shelf being so close to the coast line; the seabed drops off to over 200metres, guaranteeing some amazing sports fishing. The deep underwater current pushes up against the shoreline shelf and concentrates large schools of bait fish. This action so close to land, means anglers spend more time sports fishing and less time running back and forth to the fishing grounds. The preferred methods of fishing in these waters are slow trolling live skipjack tuna, or trolling large artificial lures, which are designed to replicate small tunas or baitfish.

Big Game Fishing Safari

Off The Coast of Mombasa


The Dolphinfish ( Also known as Dorado) is pelagic, schooling, and migratory. It is basically a deep-water species, inhabiting the surface of the open ocean. The Dolphinfish is a distinctive fish, both for its shape and its colours. Though it is among the most colourful fish in the sea, the colours are quite variable and defy an accurate, simple description. Generally, the Dolphinfish is rich iridescent blue or blue green dorsally; gold, bluish gold, or silvery gold on the lower flanks; and silvery white or yellow on the belly. The sides are sprinkled with a mixture of dark and light spots, ranging from black or blue to golden. The dorsal fin is rich blue, and the anal fin is golden or silvery. The other fins are generally golden-yellow, edged with blue.
Large males have high, vertical foreheads, while the female's forehead is rounded. Males grow larger than females.
They are extremely fast swimmers and feed extensively on flying fish and squid as well as on other small fish. They have a particular affinity for swimming beneath buoys, seaweed, logs, and floating objects of almost any kind.
Hooked dolphin may leap or tailwalk, darting first in one direction, then another. It is believed that they can reach speeds up to 50 mph (80.5 kph) in short bursts. Successful fishing methods include trolling surface baits (flying fish, mullet, balao, squid, strip baits) or artificial lures; also live bait fishing or casting. If the first dolphin caught is kept in the water, it will usually hold the school, and often others will come near enough to be caught by casting.
In addition to being a highly rated game fish, the dolphin is a delicious food fish. It is referred to as the "dolphinfish"to distinguish it from the dolphin of the porpoise family, which is a mammal and in no way related

Great Barracuda

A vicious predator, the Great Barracuda is one of the scariest looking fish on the reef. You can find it swimming with its mouth open, showing off its long knife-like teeth, which it uses to slice large fish in half so it can eat them!
If it is hunting fish near the bottom of the reef, it can darken its skin colour to blend in and catch prey by surprise. This strategy is one example of cryptic coloration; the ability of many animals to use their skin colour to blend in to their surroundings and remain unseen.
The Barracuda's tail, also called the caudal fin, propels the barracuda quickly through the water when the barracuda moves it quickly from side to side, its streamlined body and its tail shape - large relative to the rest of its body and forked - give it exceptional speed in the water.
The pectoral fins sit on the sides of the Barracuda's body, perpendicular to the body. The pectoral fins allow it to quickly manoeuvre, change directions and stop - which is especially important in the Barracuda's habitat, the reef. The distance between the dorsal fins, which sit on top of the Barracuda's back, keeps the fish streamlined, which also aids its agility and swimming speed. Although Giant Barracuda have a well-deserved reputation as fierce predators, attacks on humans are not common and generally involve unusual circumstances, such as wading or swimming in turbid water while wearing bright objects or carrying speared fish.



The body of the Kingfish is more compressed than that of the similar looking wahoo, Acanthocybium solanderi and the lateral line dips below the second dorsal fin, rather than near the middle of the first dorsal fin. There are 3 6 gill rakers on the first arch, whereas the wahoo has none. The flanks display numerous irregular, vertical, wavy bars. As the fish grows the number of stripes increase.
This pelagic and migratory species is a schooling fish but large specimens often travel alone. Its diet consists of small, pelagic schooling fishes, such as sardines and anchovies. It also feeds on Flying Fish which it is adept at catching even in mid flight.
The Kingfish Mackerel is a highly rated game fish that sounds often, runs hard and fast, and occasionally leaps. Fishing methods include surface or deep trolling with Squid, Mullet, Sauries, Flying Fish, Garfish and strip baits as well as with drone heads and other artificial lures. Live bait fishing near reefs with these and other baits is also productive. The best fishing is at dawn or dusk and at high or low slack tide.It is an important commercial species in the areas where it occurs. The flesh is of excellent quality as table fare as well as for use as whole bait, strip bait or chum.

The Fishing Seasons Off The Kenya Coast

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Kenya's deep sea fishing season starts around the beginning of July and runs through to April. By March The Southeast Monsoon (Kusi) blows bringing with it cooler air, this continues into November, when the wind usually changes to the warmer Northeast (Kaskazi) and along with this comes the calmer warmer waters.
Many fish are not resident but migrate through Kenyan waters and although we can usually predict the best time to fish for particular species, the exact time depends on water temperature, availability of food, current, water clarity, etc.

El Moran Safaris actively promotes tag and release of all Sharks and Billfish.
Tag & Release Programme:
Data from the tag and release programme in Kenya has noted a Striped Marlin previously tagged in Kenya waters, was again caught approximately 600 miles off Perth, Western Australia. The Striped Marlin had travelled this distance in less than 200 days, thus confirming that these fish are annual global travellers.
The main billfish season (Sailfish and Marlin) usually kicks off around October and continues through till late March. Although Sailfish and Black Marlin often come inshore in numbers in July and August making for some great sports fishing.
The best months for Blue & Striped Marlin are January to late March, but be warned this time is very popular with many anglers so early booking is recommended.

Yellowfin Tuna

Each year, large schools of Yellowfin Tuna migrate up the coast of Kenya just off the shores of Mtwapa, making Mtwapa one of the top destinations for sportsfishing anglers who come to Kenya, just to target this strong fighting fish. Pound for pound, Yellowfin Tuna put up the best fight of just about any fish in the ocean and are one of the most sought after sport fish in the ocean.
These brutes are known to make explosive strikes on lures, and mix up the fight with a series of reel burning runs and deep dives. These hard fighting fish are one of the biggest prizes of anglers that come to Kenya each year to fish. The main Yellowfin Tuna season, typically runs from August through to the end of October.
Add to this the fantastic bottom fishing we enjoy for Red Snapper, Grey Snapper, Grouper and other reef fish you could not ask for more!