A pair of Charleston-area boats moved into the lead after Friday's second day of fishing in the 47th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament, the oldest event in the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series.
Full Pull, owned by John Floyd and captained by Ryan Riggs, grabbed the top spot. The Toler's Cove-based boat released two blue marlin (600 points) and a white marlin for 1,500 points.
Second place is held by the Isle of Palms boat Syked Out, owned by David Sykes and captained by Dan Woody with 1,200 points for two blue marlin releases.
Rascal, owned by Norman Pulliam and Mark Rogers, also has 1,200 points with two blue marlin releases, one Friday and one on Thursday when it was the only boat in the 29-boat fleet to venture out.
Governor's Cup participants are allowed to fish two out of three days, captain's choice, and Rascal has no chance to improve its standing but the other 28 boats are scheduled to fish Saturday.
Other blue marlin releases Friday went to Big Sky, No Problem, Rookie IV and Sportsman. Anticipation released a white marlin.
Arica leads the dolphin division with a 39.4-pound catch made by 10-year-old Rivers Simmons. Christy II has the tuna lead with a 4.2-pound blackfin. There were no wahoo landed.
The Georgetown tournament is the first in the five-event Governor's Cup series. Today's final weigh-in is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. at Georgetown Landing.
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