Tropical Storm Andrea tried to throw a curve at the second leg of the 2013 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series last weekend, but the boats fishing in the Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament were undaunted.
The first tropical system of the season tracked across the coastal plain of South Carolina last Friday (June 7), but the 18 participating boats dodged the storm by fishing Thursday (June 6) and Saturday (June 8).
The trend of excellent blue marlin action that started with the series opener at Georgetown two weeks earlier continued as the 18 participating boats released a total of 27 billfish, including 14 sailfish, 12 blue marlin and one white marlin. No blue marlin were brought to the dock in the tournament.
“Fishing was unbelievable despite the weather,” said Amy Dukes, Governor’s Cup Tournament Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. “We couldn’t be happier for the 18 boats that did decide to fish the Bohicket tournament with us.”
A pair of out of state boats, Showtime and Cacique, stepped to the forefront in the tournament.
Florida entry Showtime, owned by Fred Hardwick, released three blue marlin and a sailfish, compiling 2,000 points to win the tournament.
Virginia entry Cacique, owned by Paul Coury, released two blues and a sailfish to finish in second place with 1,400 points.
Series regular Game On, owned by Victor “Bubba” Roof and out of Toler’s Cove Marina in Mt. Pleasant, took third after releasing six sailfish for 1,200 points.
Cacique landed the top dolphin, a huge 60.6-pounder caught by Drew Wilkinson but there were no tuna or wahoo weighed in.
The top youth angler was 15-year-old Loyce Turner, who caught a 31.6-pound dolphin while fishing aboard Legal Holiday. Kelli Ann Roof bested the lady anglers by reeling in five sailfish aboard Game On.
Reel Patience, owned by Jamie Zadrich, won the Blue Water Conservation award by releasing eight dolphin.
The next event in the Governor’s Cup series is the Carolina Billfish Classic, set for next Wednesday through Saturday (June 19-22) out of Toler’s Cove Marina in Mt. Pleasant. Fishing days are Thursday through Saturday.
Georgetown Landing Marina will serve as a satellite weigh-in station for the tournament, although boats weighing in a blue marlin must do so at Toler’s Cove.
During last year’s event, six boats fished out of Georgetown Landing.
Jolly Mon King Classic
Ocean Isle Fishing Center is one happening place this weekend, hosting the SKA-sanctioned Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic.
Boats can enter until 10 p.m. tonight for the tournament, which is the opener of SKA’s Division 9. Boats can fish either Saturday or Sunday, Captain’s Choice. Entry fee is $250.
“It’s on. Kings are in 65 feet of water and the weather’s going to be great,” said Capt. Jacob Frick of OIFC, who expects 200-plus boats to compete in the tournament.
The Junior Jolly Mon, catering to junior anglers, is underway today at the OIFC.
For more information, visit www.OIFC.com or call (910) 575-3474.
Murrells Inlet Rotary Flounder Tournament
Fishing in this tournament is set for today and Saturday out of Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet.
Entry is $60 with a $25 fee for the tournament within a tournament (TWT). Captains meeting for Saturday’s fishing is set for 6 p.m. today at the marina. Lines in is at 6 a.m. with weigh-in set for 3 p.m.
For more information call Eric Gray at (843) 222-0596.
Spring Pier King Mackerel Tournament
There were no king mackerel caught off Grand Strand piers during last weekend’s tournament. The winners were determined by a blind draw of participating anglers and have yet to be announced.