Fransisco 'Xico' Ilunga de Almeida (Angolan, Commodore/Boat Owner, right back of picture), Jan Schmidt (German, Skipper, left back of picture), Colin McCaffery (Scottish, Crew Member/Fisherman, centre back of picture), Sacha Ilunga de Almeida (Angolan (Xico's son), Crew Member/Fisherman, front right of picture) and Julio Gomes (Portuguese, Crew Member/Cameraman).
Team Malta da Kianda have been fishing the Big Game Tournaments in Angola for about 3 years. Two years ago crew member Colin McCaffery, a Scotsman who has fished the waters of the North Sea and South Asia all his life, decided to invest in SeaView's SPORT Fishing service. With one of the smallest boats in the sport fishing fleet in Angola, they soon established their mark by placing in the top ten for some of the biggest IGFA governed competitions. The culmination of their success to date was second place in one of the biggest competitions in Africa every year, The Lobito Big Game Fishing Tournament, in March 2010. Using SeaView's satellite images, they fished the second day only three miles from the shore, when all the bigger boats were travelling out 60 to 70 miles. This was based on some of the hotspots identified by SeaView, and they hit a huge feeding frenzy of blue marlin and sailfish. This moment took them straight to second place in the competition - a position they then held to the finish of the tournament 3 days later...