Great conditions offshore led to a big day for billfish releases with a total of seven boats returning to The Georgetown Landing marina flying their release flags. Unofficial results are: Caramba snagged the Day One points lead (600) by being the first boat to report the release of a blue marlin, while Game On was the next to do so when female angler Kelli Roof released a blue marlin to take the early lead in the outstanding female angler category. Houdini was also credited with the release of a blue marlin. Middleton 58 and No Problem each released a white marlin - and No Problem blew an engine and did not return to port until 10:30 under the escort of Sea Tow! Hat Trick and Daymaker reported a sailfish release each. Georgetown Marina manager John Horton had his dock hands working overtime during the first day of fishing action, and will see plenty more work on Saturday as the entire fleet will fish again. Meatfish leaders are as follows: Dolphin 31.4-pounds Miles Herring fishing on the Daymaker; Tuna 12.4-pounds Steve Godfrey fishing on the Christy II; wahoo 18.2-pounds Poe Raterie also on the Christy II. Leading in the youth angler category is Taylor Gaton with her 18.6-pound mahi mahi caught aboard Due Course.
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PhotosByJeffDennis: 13-year old youth angler Ellen Davis caught this 14-pound dolphin aboard the Benchmark; Lady angler Tara Asbill with her two dolphin (the largest weighed 23.6-pounds) caught from the Crystal Blue; Eddie Buck Jr. with an nice 24.2-pound dolphin caught on the Rookie IV; Family fun is always a part of the Governor's Cup Billfishing Series!