hemingways watamu

The majestic billfish captured the imagination of every reader, immortalised in the writings of Earnest Hemingway, and the Hemingways resort in Watamu Kenya, lives up to the name of this legendary writer and angler.

Deep ocean canyons and drop offs within sight of the shoreline keep travelling to these rich fishing grounds to a minimum. This area is synonymous with big game fishing and, in particular, the 3 species of marlin, sailfish, and broadbill. Here, angling is a gentleman’s undertaking entirely; the boats are large and very comfortable, with experienced skippers and crews amongst the best we’ve ever had the pleasure of fishing with.

The venerable old hotel herself has recently undergone a complete facelift, with every modern convenience, excluding the original Hemingways Bar, which was thoughtfully retained and remains adorned with fishing history.

There are a number of venues that advertise bill fishing off the East coast of Africa, but none can boast the track record of Hemmingways.

Aside from a resort giving everything that you’d expect from a top-class hotel. The owners and operators are totally fixated with bill fishing, and under their guidance, you stand the best chance of landing your bill on fly.

So I Went to Kenya

So I went to filming in Kenya with my cameraman Chucky. He’s from Zimbabwe. A lot of people think he’s my bodyguard. Not sure why. Sure, he’s built like a brick house, but he’s a damn good cameraman and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions.