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.
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.
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.
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!