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20th October 2020
CHURCHILL TROPHY AND INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2020
Returned to its original timing, the first competition of the season was the Churchill Trophy light line comp that was held in windy conditions on 16th October that attracted 6 team entries. Tarka, fished by Greg Brackenridge, Jack McIntosh and Callum Looman took out first place with 3 sailfish, followed by Eclare, fished by Philou Salle, Angus Paul and Arran Paul with 2 sailfish while 3rd place went to Snark fished by Bruce Buckland, Peter Ready and Rick Bate with 1 sail. All 3 boats also caught a mixed bag of other pelagic fish.
October 17 – 18, the Club hosted the 61st Malindi International Festival that attracted 7 entries, fished by 22 anglers. With travel restrictions in place, teams comprised entirely Kenyan residents and citizens, so the 7 entries augur well for the future of game fishing along the Kenya coast.
Once again, the strong winds made for rough seas and far from favourable conditions for most of the first day.
For the most part, the fish stayed down and it was too close to call a winner up until the last 2 hours of the second day when the billfish surfaced. During that time, Eclare - fished by Philou Salle, Arran Paul and Furaha - release a black marlin and 3 sailfish to take out the winner’s prize.
In second place was Kipapa, a private boat entry, fished by Marc and Emma Bleich and Florian Bizierre who were leading for most of the competition and who finished with 1 sail and a mixed bag of other fish as did Neptune, fished by Nic Jooste, Angie Habermann and Angus Paul that saw them take out 3rd place.
Uncharacteristically, Tarka dropped 7 sailfish in the last hours that saw them drop to 4th place by a mere 10 points.
Top angler prize went to Arran Paul with 1 black marlin and 1 sailfish whilst the top lady angler was awarded to Emma Bleich who caught 1 sailfish and a mixed bag of other fish.
This season, the perpetual Herbie Paul Memorial Trophy that is awarded by the Paul family to the fisherman considered to have put in the most effort to catch their fish went to Max Hayson, a 13 year-old fishing on Unreel with his father. Max landed 2 yellowfin tuna – one of which weighed in at 20kg. That’s great fishing on 30lb tackle in anyone’s book that also earned him the Chairman’s prize.