Chasin still leads the MegaDock Billfishing Tournament, but the crew of the boat owned by Smyth McKissick and captained by Bennett Griffin will have to spend Saturday waiting to see if their tenuous lead holds up.
Chasin, which tallied 1,000 points Thursday with five sailfish releases, came back empty-handed Friday after using the second of its two allotted fishing days. And the two closest competitors, Rascal also with 1,000 points and Blue Sky with 800 points, are eligible to fish today. Chasin earned its lead over Rascal by reaching 1,000 points first.
Only eight of the 32 boats entered in the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series tournament elected to fish Friday.
Twenty-six boats are eligible to fish today. Boats are allowed to fish two out of three days, captain’s choice.
Three billfish were released Friday. J&B released a blue marlin and a sailfish for 800 points but has used both of its fishing days. The other catch was a blue marlin by Artemis, which is eligible to fish Saturday.
In the non-billfish category, Russell Hatt jumped atop the wahoo division with a 71.8-pound catch. The top dolphin remained a 42.6-pound catch by Game On 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.
Anglers are competing for more than $230,000 with optional tournament levels.
Saturday’s final weigh-in runs from 5-7 p.m. at the City Marina. Parking and a shuttle service to the weigh-in marina is available at St. Mary’s Field, located at the corner of Lockwood Boulevard and Broad Street.