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June 4, 2010

Second Round Results from the SC Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series

The second tournament in the 22nd season of the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series took place at the 43rd Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Billfish Tournament over the last weekend in May at the Georgetown Landing Marina.

Wallace Jenkins, Series Program Director for S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), noted thatBillfish flag "After the wind finally dropped out on Wednesday evening, we had great conditions for fishing most of the Memorial Day weekend. John Horton, in his first year as the manager of the Georgetown Landing Marina, did a great job and had top notch marina crew and Land’s End restaurant staff which made the event a great success". Amy Dukes, Series Tournament Coordinator for SCDNR added that a total of 39 boats participated in the tournament with 13 billfish releases including 6 blue marlin, 3 white marlin and 4 sailfish. No billfish were landed.

The Outstanding Billfish Boat was awarded to Caramba, owned by Robert Faith of Mt. Pleasant and captained by Dale Lackey. The boat crew caught and released a blue marlin on Friday and a second blue marlin on Saturday, to accrue 1200 release points.

Second place for Outstanding Billfish Boat went to Daymaker, owned by Mark Daniels. Jay Weaver captained the boat which caught and released a one white marlin and two sailfish to accumulate 700 release points.

Game On won third place for Outstanding Billfish Boat. The boat is owned by Sea Hunt Boats and captained by Victor "Bubba" Roof, and the boat crew caught and released one blue marlin to earn 600 release points.

Outstanding Dolphin was awarded to Daymaker, angler Miles Herring who landed a 31.4-pound dolphin.

Christy II won both the Outstanding Tuna and Wahoo awards, with a 12.4-pound blackfin tuna and a 63.0-pound wahoo caught by anglers Steve Godfrey and Poe Ratterree, respectively.

First place for Outstanding Lady Angler went to Kelli Roof for releasing the blue marlin aboard Game On. Second place for Outstanding Lady Angler went to Kathy Baxley on El Tejano who caught a 24.6-pound dolphin. Tara Asbill won third place Outstanding Lady Angler on Crystal Blue for her 23.6-pound dolphin catch.

Taylor Gaton won first place for Outstanding Youth Angler for an 18.6-pound dolphin catch aboard Due Course. Second place for Outstanding Youth Angler went to Joe Bost aboard Dem Boys for catching a 17.0 pound dolphin, while Kelsey Jones came in third with a 15.8-pound dolphin caught aboard Due Course.

Three tournaments remain in this year’s Series:

For more information on the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series contact Wally Jenkins at (843) 953-9835 or JenkinsW@dnr.sc.gov, and Amy Dukes at (843) 953-9365 or DukesA@dnr.sc.gov.

Boats participating in the Series amass points for billfish either landed or caught and released. Tagging is optional and not required for Series points. Anglers compete for four major awards: Outstanding Billfish (single heaviest billfish), Outstanding Billfish Boat (most accumulated points) and Outstanding Billfish Conservationist (most points for tagged or released fish), and the Blue Water Conservation Award (most accumulated tag and release points for dolphin, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna). At present, the Series is being lead by Game On with a total of 1450 release and participation points.

By encouraging live tag and release, the Series has focused attention on the population status of Atlantic billfish and encouraged conservation of all marine resources.

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