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Edisto Billfish Invitational keeps focus on fishing

SmithIt might be the tail end of the summer season for planning a weekly rental, but the Marina at Edisto Beach is giving folks plenty of reasons to come visit their docks. The 2015 Edisto Billfish Tourney was held over the weekend, and windy conditions on Saturday may have helped to turn on what had been a slow billfish bite. Coming from behind to win, Sportin’ Life out of Charleston released a blue marlin and two sailfish to secure first place.
A total of 15 boats registered to fish the annual event with entrants coming from as far North as Georgetown and south from Hilton Head Island. Of course several local boats supported the cause, and there is a good chance that those same boats will be back for the wahoo tournament that marina manager Brian Bell is planning for the fall. The name of the boats that fished include Bad Becky, Crystal Blue, Daymaker, Dealer’s Choice, Dough Boy, Frayed Knot, Legal Holiday, Miss Fishin’, Miss Wy, My Three Sons, Rascal, Reel Hooker, Sportin’ Life, Sportsmann and Tina’s Trippin.
Day One of fishing took place on Thursday and was very productive with 13 boats heading offshore in search of billfish. The only fish caught and released were sailfish and the Day One leaders was Daymaker with three sailfish released, followed by Legal Holiday with two sailfish released and Rascal in third place with one sailfish released. One meatfish catch of note from Day One was the dolphin reeled in by angler Bennett Wyatt from Sportsman that weighed 18.8 pounds, and held up over the weekend to take first place.
Day Two fishing on Friday saw eight boats participate, with more sailfish releases and one white marlin released. The billfish boat leaders had one change with Rascal jumping into the second spot over Legal Holiday, but two of the winning meatfish categories were brought to the docks on Friday. My Three Sons out of Charleston hauled in a 31.8-pound tuna and Frayed Knot from John’s Island weighed in a 60-pound whopper of a wahoo.
Day Three fishing on Saturday saw eight boats go offshore and Sportin’ Life had the hot hand and released the only blue marlin caught during the 2015 Edisto event. Since more release points are awarded for a blue marlin than a sailfish, they surged to the top of the leaderboard with one blue marlin and two sailfish released. Owners Manley and Graham Eubank of Charleston make regular appearances in the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, and Captain Bobby Garmany also guided them to a second place finish at the MegaDock just two weeks earlier.
Second place boat went to Daymaker out of Charleston, and third place boat went to Legal Holiday from Hilton Head. The first place lady angler went to Eugenie Barrow aboard Legal Holiday, and second place Lady Angler went to Kasey Dantzler fishing from Dough Boy. First place youth angler went to Bennett Wyatt fishing with Sportsmann out of Bohicket Marina, and the second place youth angler award goes to 10-year old Jackson Smith from Dealer’s Choice.
There was a tent set up in Bay Creek Park for evening activities each day, and on Saturday that included an awards ceremony plus a live shag band and dance floor. The fishing results can sometimes play second fiddle to the social side of these events, but for those that love a little of both, this simple and secluded tournament location is hard to beat. For those who like to fish, look for more fun to happen at the Marina at Edisto Beach this fall regarding redfish, wahoo and more.

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com

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Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com