Time was of the essence Saturday in the MegaDock Billfishing Tournament, the fourth of five events that comprise the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series.
Both Trick'em and Stream Weaver, last year's MegaDock winner finished the event with 1,000 release points, but Trick'em reached the winning number earlier and thus took home the first-place trophy.
Trick'em , owned by Curtis Whitaker and captained by Robert Stalcup, released a sailfish at 8:44 a.m. Saturday and added a blue marlin release at 10:27 a.m. Saturday to go along with a sailfish release on Thursday. Trick'em won$85,495 for the victory.
Stream Weaver, owned by Rusty Carter and captained by Mike King, had a blue marlin release at 1:43 p.m. Saturday to go along with two sailfish releases Friday.
First-day leader Mister Pete, which released three sailfish Thursday, added another sailfish release Saturday to take third place with 800 points.
Participants released two blue marlin and 12 sailfish Saturday. There were four blue marlin and 27 sailfish releases for the tournament.
Trick'em also won the dolphin division with a 37.2-pound catch Thursday. Sportsmann won the wahoo division with a 62.6-pound catch Friday. Anticipation won the tuna category with a 19.2-pound catch.
Rascal, owned by Norman Pulliam and Foster McKissick and captained by Mark Rogers, moved into first place in the series heading into the final event July 24-26 at Edisto Marina.
Rascal had two sailfish releases during the MegaDock tournament and now has 2,675 points. Syked Out, owned by David Sykes, had only one sailfish release in the MegaDock tournament and is second with 2,475 points.
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