The crew aboard Miss Wy took advantage of hot fishing conditions Saturday and released three blue marlin to capture the 48th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament, the opening event of the 2015 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series.
The Georgetown boat is owned by Ed Holder and captained by Matt Wilkinson. Miss Wy’s first blue marlin release came at 8:30 a.m., 30 minutes after fishing began. The crew released a second blue at 11:44 a.m. and capped the day with a third fish at 12:12 p.m., amassing 1,800 points.
The Miss Wy collected $57,595 from a purse of $138,525.
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.
Petrel, out of Toler’s Cove in Mount Pleasant, took second with 1,400 points after releasing a blue marlin and a sailfish Saturday to go along with a blue released Friday. Petrel is owned by Harry Johnson Jr. and captained by Thomas Wynne.
Caramba, also out of Toler’s Cove, took third place with 1,200 points based on time. Caramba, owned by Bob Faith and captained by Dale Lackey, released the first blue marlin of the tournament on Thursday and added a second blue Saturday at 12:01 p.m.
Reel Passion and My Three Sons also finished with 1,200 points.
In the non-billfish categories, Summer Girl had the top dolphin at 50.4 pounds; Houdini won the wahoo division with a 55.2pound catch; and Christy II won the tuna category with a 13.2-pound blackfin.
Forty-one boats competed in the tournament, the first time since 2009 that a Governor’s Cup tournament has cracked the 40-boat mark. The participants released 23 blue marlin, six white marlin and two sailfish.