JOHNS ISLAND — Daymaker, a 52-foot Viking owned by Mark Daniels and captained by Jay Weaver, released a white marlin Thursday and took the opening day lead in the Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament, the first event in the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series.
The white marlin was the only billfish release of the day for the 19 boats that elected to fish. Twenty-one boats are entered in the series opener. Daymaker finished second overall to Caramba in last year’s Governor’s Cup and has been in the top three in the series each of the last three years.
Caramba had a blue marlin on briefly, but it threw the hook following a couple of jumps.
Boats releasing blue marlin earn 600 points, white marlin releases are worth 300 points and sailfish releases score 200 points.
The non-billfish categories included an impressive 73.8-pound wahoo, caught by Stokely Holder aboard Big Sky; a 29.4-pound dolphin caught by Matt Dillon aboard Caramba; and a 9.6-pound blackfin tuna caught by Kevin Ball aboard Mutts and Jeff.
The tournament continues through Saturday, with boats allowed to fish two out of three days. Weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m.
The College of Charleston (34-20) extended its run through the Southern Conference tournament with a 4-2 extra-innings win over Furman in Statesboro, Ga., courtesy of Katie Pesature’s two-run homer in the eighth inning.
The Cougars’ Pesature was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Stephanie Saylors got the win in relief, pitching four innings of three-hit, one-run ball.
The Cougars play Samford today at noon as they continue in the losers’ bracket. Samford (14-38) lost to UNC Greensboro, 4-1, on Thursday.
Fourth-seeded Charleston Southern split two games on the opening day of the Big South tournament in Rock Hill, losing to fifth-seeded Coastal Carolina, 8-0, before beating third-seeded Presbyterian, 2-1, in a losers’ bracket game.
Jessica Brock and Jana Matthews had RBI singles in a two-run fifth that lifted CSU (25-32) over PC (28-20-1). Earlier, Coastal’s eight runs in the eighth inning foiled the Buccaneers after Kimberly Hobbs took a four-hit shutout into extra innings. The Chants’ eight runs came on six hits.
CSU faces top-seeded Radford at 10 a.m. today.