The South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series resumes today with the Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament, the second leg in the five-tournament series.
As many as 35 boats are expected to participate in the tournament as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Fishing days are today, Friday and Saturday, with boats allowed to fish two days, captain’s choice. Daily weigh-ins will be held from 5-8 p.m. A silent auction to benefit Sea Island Habitat for Humanity will be held from 6-8 p.m. today.
First prize in the tournament is $10,000 based on the highest point total. Released blue marlin score 600 points, white marlin 300 points and sailfish 200 points. Blue marlin that are brought to the dock score one point per pound.
“We are aiming for 35 boats, depending on how the weather holds out,” said tournament coordinator Danielle Snider. “We had 27 boats last year, so that would be great.”
Summer Girl, owned by Steve Leasure, Robbie Hooker and John Smith Jr. of Charleston, took first in last year’s Bohicket tournament by releasing three blue marlin, the first time that has occurred in a Governor’s Cup event since 2008. Participants released 32 billfish, including 10 blue marlin, 14 white marlin and eight sailfish.
The 2013 Governor’s Cup got off to a big start two weeks ago with 33 boats participating in the 46th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament. Participants released 21 blue marlin, seven white marlin and eight sailfish. Two blue marlin were brought to the dock.
The top boat was Sportin’ Life out of Charleston, owned by Manley and Graham Eubank and captained by Mike Glaesner. Sportin’ Life landed a 534.2-pound blue marlin and also released two blue marlin and a white marlin, rolling up 2,035 points.
Arica, owned by James Simmons of Charleston, brought in a 415-pound blue marlin.