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Sportin’ Life wins Georgetown billfish tournament

— Sportin’ Life, owned by Manley and Graham Eubank of Charleston and captained by Mike Glaesner, captured the 46th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament on Saturday.

Angler Dixon Pearce landed a 534.2-pound blue marlin for Sportin’ Life on Friday, and the crew also released two blue marlin and one white marlin over two days of fishing. Sportin’ Life finished the tournament with a total of 2,035 points.

Pearce’s blue marlin measured 111 inches from the tip of its lower jaw to the fork of its tail, six inches longer than the Governor’s Cup minimum and 12 inches longer than the federally dictated minimum size length. Sportin’ Life earned $57,120.

Thirty-three boats participated in the opening event of the 2013 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series. The next event is the Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament, scheduled for June 5-8.

Scoring in Governor’s Cup events is one point per pound for blue marlin brought to the dock, while released blues score 600 points, released white marlin score 300 points and released sailfish score 200 points.

Finishing second to Sportin’ Life with 1,600 points was the Georgetown boat Rascal, owned by Norman Pulliam, with two blue marlin and two sailfish releases. The Charleston boat Frayed Knot, owned by R.B. Corbin, was third with 1,500 points, releasing two blue marlin and one white marlin.

One other blue marlin was boated on Friday, a 415-pound catch aboard Arica, owned by James Simmons of Charleston. The participants released 21 blue marlin, seven white marlin and eight sailfish.

The non-billfish category winners were: dolphin, 48.6 pounds, Crystal blue; wahoo, 60.4 pounds, Big Sky; and tuna, 22.8-pound blackfin, Rookie IV.

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