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Carolina Billfish Classic won by Chasin’

Cordes Johnson with his dolphin at the Governor’s Cup.
Photo by Jeff Dennis

The third event in the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series was held out of Toler’s Cove Marina in Mount Pleasant on June 20-22. The rainy weather and calm winds made for ideal fishing conditions, but the action has slowed with the return of summer’s heat. In the end, it was the boat Chasin’ that took the 2013 CBC title for releasing one blue marlin, one white marlin, and one sailfish.

Good weather helped the Governor’s Cup fleet swell to 33 boats for the CBC, and a total of 25 billfish were released during the tourney. Six blue marlin, three white marlin, and 16 sailfish were teased up to the baits, played, and released. Typically, at this juncture in summer, the marlin numbers will diminish, while the sailfish numbers will increase. The MegaDock and Edisto tourneys in July may be more of a sailfish slam, with plenty of meatfish mixed in.

In the youth division at the CBC, it was 9-year-old Harry Hood claiming the top position with his 32.2-pound mahi, caught from the Compromise. Cordes Johnson brought his 17.8-pound dolphin to the scales while fishing from the Petrel. There is always a lot of support for youth angling opportunities at the S.C. Governor’s Cup, which is an outstanding dividend from these billfish tournaments.

The annual S.C. Memorial Reef auction was held Saturday night after the CBC awards ceremony. Fundraising was at a premium, and all systems are go to implement the installation of the reef in August. Stevens Towing has been retained to take all the artificial reef materials to the location of the ‘Deep Reef’ in 350 feet of water, creating something special for all future bluewater anglers, while celebrating the memory of loved ones that have passed.

So far, the 25th anniversary season of the Governor’s Cup has been on track to be one of the most successful seasons to date. Good weather in July would help to increase participation and raise awareness about the conservation standards that are practiced by the participants. The season finale at Edisto Marina will likely decide the Best Billfish Boat for the 2013 Series. Good luck, fishermen!

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