Syked Out wins Edisto; Sportin’ Life claims billfish series title

Syked Out doubled its open-day effort Saturday and won the Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament while Sportin’ Life squeaked out the overall title in the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series.

Syked Out, owned by David Sykes and captained by Dan Woody, released a blue marlin and three sailfish Saturday, the same catch the boat posted Thursday, and finished the tournament with 2,400 points. Syked Out won $23,870.

Sportin’ Life, owned by Graham and Manly Eubank, had to withstand furious charges by the second- and third-place boats heading into the series’ final event. Sportin’ Life released three sailfish to add 600 points and finish with 3,875 points.

Electric Bill, owned by Chad Sanders and captained by Phillip Fender, trailed Sportin’ Life by 1,000 points going into the Edisto event but caught up on points after releasing two blue marlin and two sailfish in the tournament. But Sportin’ Life reached its 3,875 total at 12:12 p.m. Saturday with a sailfish release to clinch the title based on time. Electric Bill ended up at 3,875 with a blue marlin release at 3:31 p.m. Saturday. Electric Bill finished third at Edisto with 1,600 points.

Rascal, owned by Norman Pulliam and Foster McKissick and captained by Mark Rogers, was third in the series going into Edisto and almost caught the top two boats, falling one sailfish short. Rascal posted 1,600 points for releasing one blue marlin and five sailfish in the tournament and beat out Electric Bill for second place based on time.

Saturday was a busy day for the 23 boats that were eligible to fish with the participants releasing 10 blue marlin and 14 sailfish.

All three non-billfish categories changed Saturday. Sea Tiger had the top dolphin, 32.6 pounds; Frayed Knot won the tuna division with a 14.5-pound blackfin; and Bad Becky had the top wahoo, 64.9 pounds.

Rance Jennings, 12, was the top youth angler aboard Micabe with three sailfish releases. Mackenzi Truluck, 14, aboard Salty Maintenance, was second with one blue marlin release. Wyatt Judy, 13, aboard Captain’s Choice was third with two sailfish releases.

Kasey Dantzler, aboard Dough Boy, was the top female angler with one blue marlin and one sailfish release. Holly McAlhany, aboard Syke Out, finished second, also with one blue marlin and one sailfish release. Kelli Ann Roof, aboard Game On, was third with four sailfish releases.