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Geraldine Dunford sweeps Lady’s Prize with a big Blue Marlin | Coastweek

MOMBASA Tamarind Village -- Hugh Walters looks on [left] together with Mike Dunford's widow Mrs Maria Dunford, Mombasa angler Salim Ghalia, Lady prize winning Geraldine Dunford, Martin Dunford, and family members.

Geraldine Dunford wins Lady’s Prize with magnificent blue marlin

MOMBASA Tamarind Village -- The Mike Dunford Tournament 2019 took place on Saturday 16th March, with the auction held the night before at the Tamarind Village.

A total entry of 30 boats set off at 7 a.m. from various home ports along the coast, with two boats from Diani, ten from Mombasa, eleven from Mtwapa, four from Kilifi and three from Watamu.

An early flurry of activity saw a sailfish and striped marlin released on BINGO, a sail released on DORADO and a blue marlin released on TARKA.

A lull in the billfish didn’t mean an end to the action as the morning saw good catches of falusi and yellowfin, until the billfish struck again over the lunch period.

JODHARI bagged two blues and a stripey, one of the blues being a magnificent fish being caught by Geraldine Dunford for the Lady’s Prize.

Unfortunately it died at the boat and was brought ashore.

MANOLI released three sail between 11.57 and 12.02 and one more blue for TARKA, a sail for INSTEDDA and a black for NALA, rounded off the billfish at one black, four blue, three striped and eight sail.

In the Professional category, TARKA came first with 800 pts, NALA second with 524 pts and FURAHA third with 278.

The amateur category was won by JODHARI with 1212 pts, second was TINTIN TU with 400 pts and third MANOLI WITH 392 pts.

The Open Boat was won by BINGO with 522 pts.

In second place PRINCESS MARIYA and third place went to DORADO with 350 pts.

Muhsin Baradia, fishing from BINGO won the marlin prize for earliest marlin and also the overall angler trophy for the marlin and a sailfish.

The sailfish prize went to Tony on DORADO, the falusi prize to Said, fishing on MANOLI and the Wahoo prize to Peter on BLUE MARLIN.

The tuna and barracuda prizes went to John on GANNET and Mark on CLUELESS respectively.

The Lady’s prize went to Geraldine for her marlin on JODHARI.

The auction on Friday was held in aid of the Kenya Society for the Blind, a charity that Mike Dunford was close to and Chairman of for many years.

Many thanks were made to the team from the Mtwapa fishing club who assisted as ever at the weigh in and to Eligio for his invaluable assistance always.

Thanks were also given to the tournament sponsors, Seaforth Shipping, Career Connections, Sean Garstin Motors, the Golden Key Casino, Tamarind Village and Tamarind Restaurant for their continuing support of the tournament.

Finally, thank you to all those that came out and fished.

A good day was had by all and we look forward to 2020!

Geraldine Dunford sweeps Lady’s Prize with a big Blue Marlin | Coastweek

MOMBASA Tamarind Village -- Mike Dunford's widow Mrs Maria Dunford [centre] seen presenting prizes to the winners.


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