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July 13, 2011

Fourth round results from the SC Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series

The fourth tournament in the 23rd season of the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series, The Charleston Angler MEGADOCK Billfishing Tournament, took place July 6-9 at The City Marina in Charleston.  A total of 48 boats participated in the tournament with 58 billfish releases, including 2 white marlin and 56 sailfish. No blue marlin were released or landed during the tournament. A small craft advisory posted Saturday morning restricted 37 boats from fishing their allotted second day of fishing. Wallace Jenkins, Series Program Director for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), noted "while many regretted not being able to fish on Saturday, overall most were grateful not to have to go out and get beat up all day in 7 foot seas."

The Outstanding Billfish Boat was awarded to Full Pull, owned by John Warren Floyd of Spartanburg, and captained by Charles Moore. The boat crew secured their first place win with the catch and released of 1 white marlin and 4 sailfish, accruing 1,100 total release points.

Second place for Outstanding Billfish Boat went to Cacique, owned by Paul Coury. Harvey Shiflet captained the boat, which caught and released 5 sailfish to accumulate 1,000 release points.   

Jabez took third place for Outstanding Billfish Boat. The boat is owned by Carl Ulm and captained by Ben Polk, and the boat crew caught and released 4 sailfish to earn 800 release points.

Outstanding Dolphin was awarded to Hew King for his 39.6-pound dolphin caught aboard Blue Sky, owned by Greg Smith and captained by Steve Crammer.

Angler Charlie Lewis, fishing aboard El Tejano, won the Outstanding Wahoo award with a 42.4-pound fish.  The boat is owned by John Hill and captained by David Redd.

Amy Bennett won the Outstanding Tuna award aboard Rodeo, owned by Michael Bennett and captained by John McNamara, for her 21.4-pound Blackfin. This Tuna also earned Amy second place for Outstanding Lady Angler.
First place for Outstanding Lady Angler went to Jessica Mitchell for landing a 25.4-pound Wahoo aboard Crystal Blue. Jodie Mindala won third place Outstanding Lady Angler aboard Chunda II for her 11.0-pound Dolphin catch.

Thirteen-year-old Karly Boggus won first place for Outstanding Youth Angler for a 6.0-pound Dolphin caught aboard Billfishin’. 

The final tournament in this year’s Series will be the Edisto Marina Billfish Tournament, and will be held July 27 -30 at the Edisto Marina on Edisto Island.

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.  You can also visit the website to learn more about the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, get information about the individual tournaments, and to keep up with this year’s standings.

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 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 Reel Passion, owned by
William Ingram and captained by Gary Richardson, with a total of 4,275 release and participation points.  Daymaker, owned by Mark Daniels and captained by Jay Weaver, is in second place trailing by 500 release 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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