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
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!