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Georgetown tourney weighs a blue marlin

Team Wildlife weighs their blue marlin at the Georgetown Landing Marina

The first event in the 24th South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series was shortened by one day thanks to Tropical Storm Beryl. Fishing out of Georgetown on May 24 and 25, the Charleston-based Sadie Beth, released seven billfish on back-to-back fishing days to claim the 2012 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament.

Owned by Gage Blue, the 53-foot Paul Mann sportfisher (hull #1) released five sailfish on Day One and then handled two white marlin on Day Two, earning 1600-points. Captain Howard Moseley of Sadie Beth took charge on Day One while his anglers boated a quadruple-header on sailfish, and later he had to make repairs at sea. They reeled in enough spare parts on the dock that night to get underway on Day Two, while claiming the first leg of the five-event series.

Finishing in second place was Benchmark, out of Charleston, for releasing two blue marlin and one white marlin, good for 1500-points. Captain Bobby Garmany and owner Stephen Davis lost by a mere 100 release points, and experienced a couple of other chances at blue marlin without hooking up. Third place went to Georgetown-based Daymaker, owned by Mark Davis. Captain Jay Weaver led his team, releasing one blue marlin and two white marlin, good for 1200-points.

One blue marlin was brought to the Georgetown scales on Day Two by the Wildlife, and it weighed in at 348-pounds. However, the fish was deemed to measure one-inch less than the 105-inch minimum requirement for S.C. Governor’s Cup competition. Since the federal guidelines for a legal harvest of a blue marlin is 99-inches, the crew of the Wildlife still have a whopper of a fish story to tell.

The 35-boat Governor’s Cup fleet released a total of 41 billfish in two days of fishing, including 15 blue marlin, 16 white marlin and 10 sailfish. The lady angler award went to Syked Out, where angler Holly McAlhany released a blue marlin on Day Two. The second S.C. Governor’s Cup tournament is the Bohicket Billfish Invitational on John’s Island which runs June 6 – 9. 


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