Southeast monsoon sailfish tournament-Team Dalon hook top prize


Dalon team captain Michael Arnephie reels in a big catch

Jointly sponsored by Yamaha, Cressi, Phoenix Beer, Hunt Deltel, Jouel and High Tech Graphics, the competition attracted 14 boats.

Other than the biggest sailfish, team Dalon, with skipper Selwyn Larue, team captain Michael Arnephie, Shantilal Dhanjee, Gerald Larue, Roberto Bioini, Danielle Bioini, Francis Victor and Francis Mondon, also won the prize for the biggest kingfish (wahoo) weighing 12.5kg. They also finished with the second most overall catch which was 49kg.

Team Marlin, with skipper Charles Marzocchi, Edward Thélermont, Joel Morel and Noël Jumeau, won the prizes for the biggest barracuda (2.5kg) and dorado (9kg).

Skippered by Antoine Hoareau and with Stephen Blakemore as team captain, team Highland Century, which also included Debra Laporte, Faizal Suleman and Gilbert Victor, brought ashore the biggest yellow fin tuna (37.5kg) and the biggest dog tooth tuna (39kg).

Team Kuki, with skipper Stephen Gerrard, team captain Tarak Patel and Michael Bodyguard, hooked the heaviest bonito (6.5kg), while Team Mimi 2 with skipper Jimmy Bijoux, team captain Nicolas Adam, Pascal Adam, Ameer Afif, Alex Monthy, Darius Dhanjee and Tanseem Alibhaye, fished the biggest rainbow runner (2kg).

Team Blue Wave won the runner-up prize for the second heaviest sailfish which weighed 26.5kg.
The overall total catch of the competition was 310kg.

Organised under the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) rules, the fish were caught on rod and reel only and by using live bait, dead bait and artificial lures.

Teams with a minimum of two anglers had to catch only eight species of fish – sailfish, barracuda, bonito, dorado, rainbow runner, tuna dogtooth, yellow fin tuna and wahoo (king fish).

Members of the Dalon team with the 34kg sailfish

All boats left at 3am on Saturday August 18 and had to be at the Marine Charter at 5pm the latest the same day.

Catch summary per boat:
1. King Fisher (89kg), 2. Dalon (49kg), 3. Blue Wave (43.5kg), 4. Marlin (38kg), 5. Blue Lady (31kg), 6. Kuki (23kg), 7. Mimi II (20.5kg), 8. Mandisa (10kg), 9. Island Star (6kg)

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