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to Alleycat big game fishing, owned and run by Capt. Peter Darnborough.
Pete has fished off Watamu Kenya for the last forty years, of which twenty eight
have been as a professional big game fishing skipper.
Pete's boundless enthusiasm combined with his
undoubted experience makes a trip with him a special occasion every
time. Here's Pete with a brief fishing history.
"My passion for fishing started when I was about 4 years old when my father took us on a family fishing trip to lake Naivasha where we caught large mouth bass, from that day the seed had been sown and any chance I had I would be fishing no matter where, ponds, dams, lakes, rivers and of course the sea. I was fortunate that my Dad had a passion for fishing and he built his own Sport fishing boat that he kept at Watamu, from this boat I was given the chance to experience the world of big game fishing and I have never looked back. I started my professional career as a sport fishing mate on David Slater's 32 feet Hartley called Honeylulu, I was 16 years old. David was considered one of the top Captains off the Kenya coast at this time and I gained invaluable knowledge from him . Not long after I joined David I was given the opportunity to Skipper Honeylulu as a new 43 feet Bertram had just arrived which David was going to run. The season I ran Honeylulu convinced me that this was the life I wanted, so here I am today still in Watamu and Still fishing.""I think over the years I have learnt that whilst fishing is about catching fish it is also about enjoyment, the Oceans offer many incredible sights, whales, dolphins, turtles, feeding frenzies, sea birds and the whole eco systems surrounding floating objects that are often worth stopping near and just taking a few minutes to enjoy."
Pete has made his name over the years for live baiting for big fish on the incredibly productive Watamu banks, canyons and mountains that lie just out side the harbor entrance. His boats have been involved with a large percentage of the big black marlin caught out of Watamu. Including this 860lbs monster black marlin ( left), still the biggest black marlin to be caught in Kenya. While hunting the big blacks in this area you are in one of the most notorious shark areas on the Kenyan coast. A group of bull sharks or a big tiger shark is not good news if your fighting a big marlin or when live bait is hard to find, but can be a sight to behold as they are released or tagged alongside the boat. This monster tiger shark (above) was estimated at 1,600lbs plus when released by Pete.
The sailfish (bottom right) run up off Malindi is only a short journey up the coast, where Pete has had numerous days with over 20 sailfish. Fly fishing for sailfish can be arranged but must be requested in advance.
The BoatsAlleycat (right): a 36 ft Hatteras powered by 2x V8 Caterpillar Diesels. Maximum number of passengers five.
Seyyida (left) a 34 ft Commander powered by 2 x 220 HP Perkins Diesels. Maximum number of passengers five.
Skippered by Nasibu, who fished as crew with Pete for ten years before taking Seyyida's helm.
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Pete's love for Africa does not stop on the beach, he is also a qualified professional hunter. In the shooting season Pete takes clients or groups on sand grouse and guinea fowl shoots on Galana Ranch, where his brother runs a safari camp/shooting lodge.
Click here for fishing safaris available along the Kenyan coast line. Whether you want to head down south to target the striped marlin run off Shimoni or head north to Lamu or Kiwayu hunting the big black and blue marlin that congregate off the north end of the North Kenya Bank or the vast numbers of sailfish that can be encountered there when conditions are right.