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Summer Girl wins Bohicket Governor’s Cup

Mike Jackson with 12-year-old Fisher Jackson and his 33.8-pound dolphin from the Bohicket Governor’s Cup

When the 42-foot sportfishing boat Summer Girl won the 2012 Bohicket Governor’s Cup, Colletonians played a big role. The crew fished back-to-back days on Friday and Saturday and caught and released three blue marlin species, finishing in first place ahead of 26 other boats. 

Boat owner John Smith Jr, Captain Stevie Leasure, first mate Mike Jackson, along with crew members Jimmy Frank, Robbie Hooker, Fisher Jackson and Kimberly Smith helped Summer Girl to win her first ever Governor’s Cup Tournament. The tournament’s Lady Angler award went to Kimberly Smith after she caught and released one of the blue marlin on Saturday. During Friday’s fishing it was Jimmy Frank and Robbie Hooker that each released a blue marlin.

Summer Girl also experienced a very good dolphin bite and Jimmy Frank weighed in a 50.2-pound mahi mahi while Fisher Jackson landed a 33.8-pound mahi. “We have fished on this boat for 13 years and this was big for us,” said Captain Leasure. “We even missed another blue marlin that was in the baits on Saturday, but the marlin refused to eat anything we pitched to it.” The top dolphin in the tournament weighed 53.4-pounds and was caught by youth angler Gray Eubank of Charleston while fishing from Sportin’ Life. The top dolphin caught by a lady angler was Joanna Strickland’s 45.2-pound mahi caught from Wildlife. Only one wahoo was brought to the dock, weighing 25.2-pounds, and that went to angler Will Frederick aboard the Back Down. One blackfin tuna tipped the scales at 14.2-pounds, and was caught by Brian DeMille aboard Trash Man.

Finishing in second place was Miss Magnolia, from Hilton Head. The 50-foot Viking sportfisher was in the driver’s seat after Friday’s fishing when they caught and released two blue marlins and one white marlin! “This was the best day of fishing we have ever had in South Carolina,” said Captain and owner Tram Colket. “The marlin all hit Moldcraft lures and angler Tim Gredick caught and released both blue marlins.

However, Miss Maganolia caught and released no billfish during Saturday’s fishing, which allowed for Summer Girl to take over the points lead in a dramatic comeback victory. Finishing in third place overall was Cotton Picker, out of Savannah, for releasing one blue marlin and two white marlin. The S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfish Series resumes at the Carolina Billfish Classic in Charleston on June 28-30.


Jeff Dennis, Contributor (360 Posts)

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