GEORGETOWN -- Daymaker, which fishes out of Georgetown Landing, released three white marlin and a sailfish Thursday to take the opening-round lead in the 44th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament.
The tournament, which continues through Saturday, is the second of five events comprising the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series. Thirty-three boats are entered in the tournament, and 29 elected to use Thursday as one of their two fishing days. The fleet had 20 billfish releases, 14 white marlin, five sailfish and one blue marlin.
Daymaker, owned by Mark Daniels and captained by Jay Weaver, accumulated 1,100 points. Benchmark, with three white marlin releases and 900 points, is second. Pysched Out is third with 600 points for two white marlin releases, both by Holly McAlhany, who also is the tournament's leading female angler.
In the non-billfish categories, Rascal had the top dolphin at 34.4 pounds.
The top tuna for the Governor's Cup was a 10-pound bonito caught aboard Benchmark. The Georgetown tournament does not recognize bonitio, however, so in the tournament itself a 7.2-pound blackfin caught aboard Christy II is the leader.