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Local anglers reel in top prizes


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BARBADOS?copped the first three places in this year’s Barbados Game Fishing Association Mount Gay Rum/ Digicel/Williams Industries Inc./Port St Charles International Fishing Tournament.
When the points were finally tallied at the Port St Charles Yacht Club Marina in St Peter where the presentation of prizes was held, it was Challenge II, which is owned and skippered by Frank Armstrong that was declared the champion boat of the three-day event with a total of 750 points.
Second place went to another Barbadian boat, Billfisher II with 500 points and in third place was Allan Benfield’s High Hopes with 450. St Lucian boat Reel Extreme finished fourth on 350 points. Rounding off the top five was another Barbadian boat Lukee B with 250.
The title of champion angler was awarded to David Stoute, fishing on-board Challenge II. Champion female angler was Sandrene Maugee of Martinique, who fished on the St Lucian boat Reel Extreme. The champion junior angler trophy went to Barbadian Gavin Grist, fishing on Black Pearl.
The prestigious Luke Bjerkham Memorial Trophy for junior anglers was awarded to Miranda Armstrong, daughter of Frank Armstrong, for landing the heaviest dolphin of the tournament. It weighed 29.5 pounds.
This year’s event attracted 27 boats and 163 anglers. Of the 163 anglers, there were nine females, and 19 junior anglers three of whom were females.

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