Chasin, owned by Smyth McKissick and captained by Bennett Griffin, is at the top of the leaderboard for the second straight South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series event.
Chasin, winner of the Carolina Billfish Classic, holds first place over Rascal based on time after Thursday’s opening day of the MegaDock Billfishing Tournament being held out of the City Marina.
Both boats tallied 1,000 points, but Chasin, owned by Smyth McKissick and captained by Bennett Griffin, reached that mark at 2:47 p.m. when it released its fifth sailfish of the day. Rascal, owned by Norman Pulliam and captained by Mark Rogers, released two sailfish and a blue marlin. The second sailfish release occurred at 3:01 p.m.
Third place with 800 points for releasing four sailfish is Blue Sky, owned by Greg Smith and captained by Steve Cramer.
The top dolphin was a 42.6-pound catch by Game On; the heaviest wahoo was a 53.6-pound catch by J&B; and the top tuna was an 18.6-pound catch by Rookie IV.
Boats fishing Governor’s Cup tournaments score 600 points for blue marlin releases, 300 for white marlin releases and 200 for sailfish releases. Boats weighing blue marlin score one point per pound.
Thirty of the 32 boats entered in the MegaDock tournament used one of their two allotted fishing days Thursday. Participants released five blue marlin, two white marlin and 20 sailfish.
Anglers are competing for more than $230,000 with optional tournament levels.
The tournament continues through Saturday, with weigh-ins from 5-7 p.m. Parking and a shuttle service to the City Marina is available at St. Mary’s Field, located at the corner of Lockwood Boulevard and Broad Street.