EDISTO BEACH — Only three boats elected to use Friday as one of their two fishing days in the Edisto Marina Billfish Tournament, but that choice resulted in a new leader in the final event in the 2012 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series.
Sportin’ Life, owned by Manly and Graham Eubank and captained by Mike Glaesner, released three sailfish and moved into first place. Combined with four sailfish releases Thursday, Sportin’ Life has 1,400 points but has used its two allotted fishing days.
Micabe and Home Run, with 1,000 points each for five sailfish releases Thursday, are second and third but are still eligible to fish today.
The two other boats that fished Friday were Caramba and Crystal Blue. Caramba, the Governor’s Cup leader going into the tournament, released four sailfish and retook the series lead with 5,175 points. Caramba, owned by Bob Faith and captained by Dale Lackey, also has used its two fishing days. Crystal Blue did not earn any release points Friday.
The meatfish categories remained the same. Reel Hooker leads the wahoo division with a 41-pound catch; Short People has the top dolphin at 25.8 pounds; and Wildlife has the largest tuna, a 25.8-pound blackfin.
Twenty-seven boats are participating in the tournament and 24 are eligible to fish today. The billfish total for the event after two days is 59 sailfish releases. Today’s weigh-in is scheduled from 5-7 p.m.