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Laff-A-Lot wins Edisto Tourney; Caramba wins Governor’s Cup Series












The drama of the 2012 S.C. Governor’s Cup Series was right there on Saturday during the Edisto Billfish tourney, and so was the sweltering heat on the Edisto docks. A crowd of onlookers jammed the boardwalk anyway in order to glimpse the fish that were brought back by the offshore fishing fleet. Laff-A-Lot came from behind, by releasing one blue marlin and two sailfish on Saturday, to win the Edisto tourney title.

Thursday was the first day of fishing at Edisto for the 28-boat fleet of offshore fishing teams. Anglers chose two out of three days to fish and the weather was the best on Thursday and all the boats elected to fish. Not surprisingly, the biting was the best on Thursday, with 52 sailfish releases tallied by the fleet and a mess of meatfish brought back to the scales.

Leading the way on Thursday was Micabe from Hilton Head with five sailfish releases, Home Run from Edisto with five sailfish releases and Trash Man from Savannah with five sailfish releases. Laff-A-Lot had four sailfish releases on Day One. The biggest wahoo on Thursday weighed 41.0-pounds and was caught by Tom Blanchard aboard the Reel Hooker.

The heaviest tuna on Thursday weighed 25.8-pounds and was reeled in by lady angler Joanna Strickland, fishing from the Wildlife. Strickland also released three sailfish at Edisto and was given the Lady Angler award. The heaviest dolphin on Thursday was reeled in by 10-year old E.J. Nettles fishing from Short People. The Youth Angler award went to Rance Jennings for releasing four sailfish from Caramba.

Day Two of fishing at Edisto saw only three boats go fishing, which would prove to be a deciding factor in the overall Governor’s Cup Series. Crystal Blue, Sportin’ Life and Caramba found rough ocean conditions but a pretty good billfish bite, releasing seven sailfish between them. Over the five S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfish Series events, this now meant that Caramba was ahead of Home Run in the points total for the title of Best Billfish Boat of 2012.

Caramba had to sit and wait on Saturday, while the other 24 boats in the fleet went fishing in still rougher seas. Six blue marlin were released on Saturday, with Laff-A-Lot from Charleston adding one blue marlin and two sailfish to their Day One total to deliver a victory for owner Frank Thornhill. Second place at Edisto went to Micabe for releasing eight sailfish during the competition, with third place gong to Sportin’ Life for seven sailfish releases.

Meanwhile, Home Run added three sailfish releases to their overall points total during Saturday’s fishing. This gave them a tie with Caramba’s 5,175-point total from all five Series events. However, Governor’s Cup rules stipulate that in the event of a tie, the top spot is awarded to the boat that reached that point total first. In this case it was Caramba winning the title based on their decision to fish on Friday. It doesn’t get any closer than that, and will serve to keep the appreciative fans returning to Edisto and coastal Colleton County.


Jeff Dennis, Contributor (360 Posts)

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