1st Round Results 2008 Governor’s Cup–Edisto Marina

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The 2008 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series got underway last weekend at the annual Edisto Marina Billfish Tournament.

This year commemorates the 20th season of the Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, a program coordinated by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that has accomplished much towards the promotion and enhancement of marine resources conservation, most notably the 99% release rate of billfish caught and tagged during the Series. The Series consists of five tournaments along the coast, including the initial Edisto Marina Billfish Tournament this past weekend and concluding July 26 with the Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament.

Despite small craft advisories that prevented fishing on two days of the tournament’s docket, fishing took place on Thursday with 27 boats participating in this Series tournament.  Wally Jenkins and Amy Dukes, DNR employees taking over the reigns this year as the Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series Program Director and Program Coordinator, respectively, said that the windy conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm of the tournament committee, the participating anglers and residents of Edisto Island. “Even though we only had one day of fishing during this tournament, its success has helped our 20th season of the Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series get off to a great start,” according to Dukes.

Jenkins and Dukes recorded 5 billfish caught and released by participating anglers during the day on Thursday, including 2 blue marlin, 1 white marlin and 2 sailfish. A total of 79 dolphin were landed during the course of the day, as well as 3 tuna and 6 wahoo.

Points and awards are accrued during the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Series tournaments and include: 600 points for a blue marlin released in good condition, 300 points for a white marlin released, and 200 points for a sailfish released. Additionally, boats are awarded 25 participation points for each Series tournament entered up to a maximum of three events. 

The Outstanding Billfish Boat was awarded to “Hoy Boys,” owned by Joe Hoy and captained by Johnny Hoy. Angler Jack Hoy caught and released a blue marlin, accruing 600 points. “Hoy Boys” also earned top honors as the Outstanding Billfish Conservationist boat for the blue marlin release.

Second place for Outstanding Billfish Boat went to “Dough Boy,” owned by Ben and Cynthia Dantzler. Ben Dantzler Jr. captained the boat and angler Kasey Dantzler caught and released a blue marlin. Kasey Dantzler, with her release of the blue marlin, currently holds first place in the Series for

Outstanding Female Angler and Outstanding Youth Angler. 

“Bentley’s Best” won third place for Outstanding Billfish Boat, the boat is owned by Steve Deese.  Jim Moore was captain; t and angler Niall Kennedy caught and released a white marlin to earn the honors.

Outstanding Dolphin was awarded to “Jabez,” owned by Carl Ulm and captained by Ben Polk. Angler Bobby Mims landed a 32-pound dolphin to earn top honors.

“Trashman” won the Outstanding Tuna award, with a 15.2-pound catch by angler Alex Marshall, Sr. “Trashman” is owned by Cannon Containers and captained by Robert Hollingsworth.

The Outstanding Wahoo award went to “Blessed Adventure,” for owner and angler Ruby Robbe’s 82.8-pound catch. Jim Bost captained the winning wahoo boat.

Alex Marshall, Jr. won second place for Outstanding Youth Angler for a 30.3-pound dolphin catch aboard “Trashman.”

Third place for Outstanding Youth Angler went to Cal Young for reeling in a 25.6-pound dolphin aboard “Finaddict,” owned and captained by Danny Massalon.

Second place for Outstanding Female Angler in the Series points went to Jane Furrh on “Finaddict” who caught and released a sailfish to earn the honors.

Kelly Strickland won third place Outstanding Female Angler on “Hoy Boys” for her 24.5-pound dolphin catch.

For more information on the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series contact Jenkins at (843) 953-9835 or JenkinsW [at] dnr [dot] sc [dot] gov, and Dukes at (843) 953-9365 or DukesA [at] dnr [dot] sc [dot] gov.

Remaining tournament dates and contacts for the 2008 S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series are:

May 28-31, 41st Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament, contact  Ricky Ferdon, (843) 546-1776,  glmarina [at] sc [dot] rr [dot] com

June 25-28, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina Billfish Tournament, contact Deidre Menefee, (843) 345-0369, dpmenefee [at] aol [dot] com

July 9-12, HMY/Viking MEGADOCK Billfishing Tournament, contact McKenzie Estes, (843) 278-4920

July 23-26, Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament, contact Deidre Menefee.

Boats participating in the Series amass points for billfish either landed or caught and released. Tagging is optional and not required for Series points. Anglers compete for four major awards: Outstanding Billfish (single heaviest billfish), Outstanding Billfish Boat (most accumulated points) and Outstanding Billfish Conservationist (most points for tagged or released fish), and the Blue Water Conservation Award (most accumulated tag and release points for dolphin, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna).

By encouraging live tag and release, the Series has focused attention on the population status of Atlantic billfish and encouraged conservation of all marine resources.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.