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Edisto Governor’s Cup this week


Governor Nikki Haley and the first family with Becca Jones and her family at the 2011 Edisto tournament


The wait is over! The fifth and final event of the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfshing Series is this week at Edisto Marina. The fourth event was decided in Charleston on July 14 at the MegaDock, when Micabe from Hilton Head won that event. Now an overall winner for the Series will be determined at Edisto, as the offshore anglers compete for the title of Best Billfish Boat.            Edisto Governor’s Cup tourney organizer Becca Jones invites Colletonians to celebrate the finale of the 24th annual Governor’s Cup Series at Edisto marina. “We are looking forward to another terrific billfish event, that will feature daily weigh-ins Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the docks from 5 until 7,” said Jones. “It was exciting to have Governor Nikki Haley here last year to help boost spirits.”

            “We will have live music on the boardwalk of the marina nightly, and patrons may purchase dinner tickets, with Buist Rivers and Lowcountry Eats providing the catering,” said Jones. “Bay Creek Park will be the setting for meals and artisan vendors will be set up to offer a broader taste of Edisto Island to the Governor’s Cup participants.” It should be noted that the billfish tournament provides a large economic boom for Edisto’s workforce, and coastal Colleton County.

            The MegaDock tourney at the City Marina celebrated their 10th anniversary earlier in July, and hosted 38-boats from N.C., S.C. Ga. and Florida. In the end it was Hilton Head’s Micabe that won the Mega-payday of $90K for releasing the most billfish during the three-day competition. Mike Larrow of Ridgeland owns Micabe and his boat became the first to win the MegaDock tourney twice in its short history.

            Micabe released one blue marlin and one sailfish on Day One at MegaDock, but finished strong on Day Three with one blue marlin release and two sailfish releases, giving them a total of 1800-release points and the victory. Finishing in second place was Reel Passion, which caught and released two blue marlin and one sailfish, and finishing in third at MegaDock was Caramba.

            A total of 71 billfish were released at MegaDock, including 20 blue marlin, 2 white marlin and 49 sailfish. The heaviest wahoo at MegaDock weighed 57.4-pounds and was caught by Jessica Mitchell aboard El Tejano. The heaviest dolphin weighed 45.4-pounds and went to Kevin Meany aboard the Lucky Hooker. A 14.6-pound blackfin tuna for Chris Ravenel aboard Rookie IV took home top tuna honors.

            With the first four tournaments of the Series already completed, a clear picture of the leaders for the overall title is now available. The current points leader overall is Caramba with 4,175-points, followed by Home Run with 3,775-points, Sadie Beth with 3,775-points, Syked out with 3,475-points and Reel Passion with 3,375-points. In 2011 it was Reel Passion that clinched the Series title with their win at the Edisto Governor’s Cup.     

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