The only two boats that didn’t fish Thursday’s opening day of the 48th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament paid a price Friday. Petrel and Nauti Girl battled sustained winds of 16-18 knots with gusts occasionally over 20 knots and breaking 6-foot seas.
Petrel, owned by Harry Johnson Jr. and captained by Thomas Wynne, released the only billfish Friday, a blue marlin at 2:20 p.m.
That put Petrel in a points tie with a seven other boats at 600 points, but way down the tie-breaker list heading into Saturday’s final day of fishing with all 41 boats eligible to compete.
Scoring in South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series tournaments is based on releases — 600 points for blue marlin, 300 for white marlin and 200 for sailfish — or one point per pound for blue marlin that meet the Governor’s Cup minimum size of 105 inches and are brought to the scales to be weighed.
Caramba, owned by Bob Faith and captained by Dale Lackey, is first with a blue marlin release at 9:46 a.m. Thursday. Sportsmann, owned by Gary Wyatt and captained by Matt Key, is second with a blue marlin released at 11:17 a.m. Thursday. My Three Sons, owned by Hunter Edwards and captained by Michael Mattson, is third with a blue marlin release at 11:39 a.m. Thursday.
Participants in the opening Governor’s Cup events have released eight blue marlin, three white marlin and one sailfish.
Saturday’s weigh-in at Georgetown Landing Marina begins at 5 p.m.