Carolina Billfish Classic, S.C. Memorial Reef auction scheduled

The Carolina Billfish Classic and the fourth annual South Carolina Memorial Reef auction will be held this week out of Tolerís Cove and Gold Bug Island in Mount Pleasant.

The Carolina Billfish Classic is the third of five events that comprise the South Carolina Governorís Cup Billfishing Series. Boats will fish two days between Thursday and Saturday, captainís choice.

The Governorís Cup series leaders after two tournaments are: Sadie Beth, 2,550; Summer Girl, 1,825; Blue Sky, 1,750; Caramba, 1,550; Home Run, 1,550; Bench Mark, 1,525; Miss Magnolia, 1,525; Sportiní Life, 1,450; Daymaker (Georgetown), 1,450; and Rascal, 1,350.

The fourth annual S.C. Memorial Reef auction will be held Friday at Gold Bug Island, across the road from Tolerís Cove. Last yearís event raised more than $44,000 to help build the reef, part of the Charleston Deepwater Reef located 50 miles off Charleston. Since the project began, participants have raised more than $150,000.

The Memorial Reef is a tribute to offshore anglers who have passed away. Contact Steve Leasure at (843) 571-0013 or visit scmemorialreef.org.

Gainey second
Nick Gainey of Charleston finished second in the FLW EverStart Northern Division tournament fished on Kerr Lake out of Henderson, N.C.

Chris Carmell of Moyock, N.C., took the title, building a big lead over the first two days. He had an eight-pound lead going into the final day but his 5-pound, 2-ounce catch was just enough to hang on, giving him a total of 36-1. He won $26,749.

Gainey was consistent, weighing stringers of 10-0, 12-15 and 12-12 to take second place. Gainey earned $9,171 for the runner-up finish.

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