Full Pull won the 47th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament but it was Sportin' Life that grabbed the spotlight on Saturday's final day of fishing.
For the second year in a row, Sportin' Life, owned by Manly and Graham Eubank and captained by Mike Glaesner, brought a blue marlin to the dock and collected the biggest check at the opening event in the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series.
James Lucas was the angler on a 448.2-pound blue marlin caught by the Charleston boat, which collected $57,000. A year ago Sportin' Life won the Georgetown tournament by landing a 534.2-pound blue marlin and releasing two more blues and a white.
Full Pull, meanwhile, padded its total Saturday by releasing another blue marlin and won $42,205. The Toler's Cove boat, owned by John Floyd and captained by Ryan Riggs, finished with 2,100 points for releasing three blue marlin and one white marlin.
Blue marlin released in Governor's Cup events earn 600 points each, white marlin score 300 points and sailfish are worth 200 points. Blue marlin that are weighed score one point per pound and must meet the Governor's Cup 105-inch fork length minimum size limit.
Second place went to 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 on Friday.
The Georgetown boat Rascal, owned by Norman Pulliam and Mark Rogers, also had 1,200 points with two blue marlin releases, one Thursday and one Friday, to finish third.
In the non-billfish categories, Arica landed the top dolphin, 39.4 pounds; Christy II had the top wahoo, 31.8 pounds; and Rookie IV had the top tuna, a 21-pound blackfin.
The 28 boats that fished Saturday released five blue marlin, one white marlin and one sailfish. There were 15 blue marlin released during the tournament, three white marlin and a sailfish.
The next event in the five-tournament Governor's Cup is the Bohicket Marina Invitational that will be fished June 5-7.
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