A little field of boats found plenty of billfish action during the first two days of fishing in the Megadock Billfishing Tournament out of Charleston City Marina.
The tournament is the fourth of five legs in the 2017 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series.
A surprisingly small field of 19 boats, perhaps due to a sporty marine forecast, released 57 sailfish and 10 blue marlin Thursday and Friday. Twelve of the boats fished both days, leaving seven boats to head out for the final day of fishing on Saturday.
In a field dominated by Charleston-area boats, a Pawleys Island/Georgetown-based entry sat atop the leaderboard after Friday’s offshore action.
Owned by Greg Smith of Pawleys Island, Blue Sky turned in two superb days of fishing to take the unofficial lead with 2,600 points.
On Thursday the Blue Sky crew released one blue marlin (600 points) and four sailfish (200 points each) to compile 1,400 points. On Friday, it was a sailfish bonanza as Blue Sky released six for 1,200 more points.
Gryphon, the Governor’s Cup leader heading into the tournament with 3,675 points, was in second place with 2,200 points. Hammertime was third with 1,800 points.
The final tournament in the series is the Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament, set for July 19-22.
The father-son duo of Timmy and River Squires won the Carolina Anglers Team Trail (CATT) Waccamaw River Summer Qualifier No. 3 last Saturday out of Bucksport Marina.
The Squires weighed in a hefty five-bass limit of 16.72 pounds to earn over $2,100 in the tournament.
The Squires’ big fish was a 5.04-pounder which hit a floating white worm in the Kingston Lake area off the Waccamaw River in Conway said River Squires, an 18-year-old 2017 graduate of Conway High School.
Second place went to Eric Freeman and Cal Marsh with an aggregate of 13.47 pounds. Freeman caught the big fish of the tournament, a 6.20-pounder.
Ronnie Watts and Kevin Pridgen were third with 12.90 pounds followed by Lucas Williams and Charles Purvis in fourth with 12.38 pounds.
Conway Bassmasters Tournament
The Conway Bassmasters Annual River Fest Bass Tournament will be held Saturday out of Bucksport Marina.
Entry fee is $120 per two-person team, with one adult (18 years or older) required to be on each boat. Guaranteed first-place prize money is $1,400. For more information, call Chris Jones at 843-333-8010.
Gregg Holshouser: email@example.com