Friday at the Edisto Marina Governor's Cup Billfish Tournament was actually the first day of fishing in the Series. All 27 boats went offshore in search of a big blue marlin and many boats did manage to catch and release a marlin, or at least glimpse one in their bait spread. The weigh-in for wahoo, tuna and dolphin ended up a little thin on variety because no wahoo or tuna were caught. A whole host of nice dolphin had the gathered Edisto beach crow - ooohing and awwing as the emcee allowed spectators to guess the dolphin's weight before he announced it. SCDNR asks that Lowcountryoutdoors.com list these results as UNOFFICIAL - pending affidavits about billfish releases.
Miss Magnolia released two blue marlin and is in first place at Edisto.
Rascal released two blue marlin (after Miss Magnolia) and is in second place.
Blue Sky, Finatic and Micabe each released one blue marlin each.
First Place dolphin is 52.6-pounds, caught by Trey Sires aboard Rapid Pace of Sullivan's Island.
Second Place dolphin is 49.4-pounds, caught by Jay Ham aboard Lil Bit of Charleston.
Third place dolphin is 46-pounds, caught by Reece Wren aboard Artemis of Charleston.
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Photos By Jeff Dennis: Trey Sires stands by the dolphin (hanging) that leads the Edisto tourney after one day of fishing, A mate from the Dough Boy hoists a fine dolphin for the fans, Kim Harrington is the leading Lady Angler with a 19.2-pound dolphin, Richard Saum of HHI shows his 17-pound dolphin in front of Reel Patience, Tournament organizer Becca Smith and friend Janie Van Slembrouck hustle a dolphin over to the scales and enjoy a bit of fun during the Friday events.