Provided by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources
Round two of the 22nd Annual SC Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series took place over the last weekend in May at the Georgetown Landing Marina. Also known as the 43rd Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Billfish Tournament, the second round saw Caramba tie with Game On for first place with 1450 points.
“After the wind finally dropped out on Wednesday evening, we had great conditions for fishing,” said Wallace Jenkins, Series Program Director for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Georgetown Landing Marina manager John Horton did a great job and had top notch marina crew and Land’s End restaurant staff which made the event a great success.”
A total of 39 boats participated in the Georgetown tournament with 13 billfish releases including six blue marlin, three white marlin and four sailfish. No billfish were landed.
Caramba, owned by Robert Faith of Mt. Pleasant and captained by Dale Lackey, received the Outstanding Billfish Boat for the catch and release of a blue marlin on Friday and a second blue marlin on Saturday to accrue 1200 release points. Second place for Outstanding Billfish Boat went to Daymaker, owned by Mark Daniels. Jay Weaver captained the boat which caught and released one white marlin and two sailfish to accumulate 700 release points. Daymaker also received the Outstanding Dolphin award when angler Miles Herring landed a 31.4 pound dolphin.
Game On, by Sea Hunt Boats and captained by Victor “Bubba” Roof, won third place for Outstanding Billfish Boat for the catch and release of one blue marlin to earn 600 release points. First place for Outstanding Lady Angler went to Kelli Roof for releasing the blue marlin.
Christy II won both the Outstanding Tuna and Wahoo awards, with a 12.4-pound blackfin tuna and a 63.0-pound wahoo caught by anglers Steve Godfrey and Poe Ratterree, respectively.
Second place for Outstanding Lady Angler went to Kathy Baxley on El Tejano who caught a 24.6-pound dolphin. Tara Asbill won third place Outstanding Lady Angler on Crystal Blue for her 23.6-pound dolphin catch.
Taylor Gaton won first place for Outstanding Youth Angler for an 18.6-pound dolphin catch aboard Due Course. Second place for Outstanding Youth Angler went to Joe Bost aboard Dem Boys for catching a 17.0 pound dolphin, while Kelsey Jones came in third with a 15.8-pound dolphin caught aboard Due Course.
For more info on the Billfishing series, contact Wally Jenkins at 953-9835 or email JenkinsW@dnr.sc.gov, or call Amy Dukes at 953-9365 or email DukesA@dnr.sc.gov. You can also visit the website at govcup.dnr.sc.gov.
Top boats after Georgetown Tournament:
Game On 1450
My Time Out 650
Big Sky 650
Trust Me 625
Mary Agnus 625
Dem Boys 625
Points are awarded as follows: 600 points for a released blue marlin, 300 points for a released white marlin, and 200 points for a released sailfish. In addition, boats are awarded 25 participation points for each Series tournament entered up to a maximum of three events.
Remaining tournament dates:
* June 23-26, Carolina Billfish Classic. For more info, contact Deidre Menefee, 1625 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, SC 29407 at 345-0369 or email dm@fishCBC.com.
* July 7-10, HMY/Viking MEGADOCK Billfishing Tournament. For more info, contact McKenzie Estes, PO Box 759, Charleston, SC, 29402 at 278-4920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* July 28-31, Edisto Marina Billfish Tournament. For more info, contact Becca Smith, 3702 Docksite Road Edisto Beach, SC, 29438 at (407) 463-2082 or email email@example.com.