Another beautiful day on the ocean greeted the Governor's Cup fleet and six more billfish releases were tallied. Two of the meatfish category leaders from Thursday held on to win but angler Poe Ratterree slid his 63-pound wahoo onto the Georgetown Landing marina docks to claim that category, and looks to be a contender for the top wahoo for the Governor's Cup Series. Caramba claimed the 43rd Georgetown Blue Marlin tournament by being the only boat to release a blue marlin on consecutive days, earning 1200 points for the win. Daymaker finished in second place on the strength of their three billfish releases - one white marlin and two sailfish good for 700 points. Game On finished in third place with one blue marlin released and 600 points. Caramaba is owned by Bob Faith of Mount Pleasant and the boat captain is Dale Lackey. Angler Ryan Riggs handled the blue marlin on Friday that ate the flat line and came up an inch short on the in-water estimate at 104-inches, while Faith handled the duties on Saturday when the approximately 300-pound blue marlin ate a ballyhoo on a pitch bait at 9:30 a.m. after the fish would not eat the flat line. Faith reported seeing other billfish in the baits over the last two days, and many of the other boats did too, making the fishing very exciting for some. Daymaker is owned by Mark Daniels and is based in Georgetown, with Captain Jay Weaver at the helm. Game On is owned by Bubba Roof of Sea Hunt Boats, and his wife Kelli released the blue marlin for them on Friday. On Saturday Caramba, Big Sky and Dem Boys released one blue marlin each while Due Course released one sailfish and Daymaker released one white marlin and one sailfish. Meatfish winners at Georgetown: Wahoo 63-pounds Poe Ratterree fishing aboard Christy II; tuna 12.4-pounds Steve Godfrey fishing aboard Christy II; Dolphin 31.4-pounds Miles Herring fishing aboard Daymaker.
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PhotosByJeffDennis: Poe Ratterree stands tall with his 63-pound stud wahoo; Bill Dial gave the blue marlin a break but reeled in a fine 23.8-pound mahi mahi; Reel Passion owner Billy Ingram shows angler Clay Gallup's 148.6-pound mako shark off to his twin daughters; 11-year old youth angler John Taylor caught his 13.4-pound dolphin aboard Caramba and is shown here with father Joe Taylor and Bob Faith