Friday at the MegaDock Tourney saw fifty-three boats go fishing. Benchmark released a blue marlin to tack 600 points onto their Day One lead and continue leading the tournament after two days. Reel Passion surged into second place with a double-header release on blue marlin, good for 1200 points. Benchmark is 'fished 'out and will stay in port while Reel Passion and 14 other boats will go fishing on Saturday. Sitting in their place with one blue marlin release and three sailfish released is Secotan, the 66-foot Spencer Yacht out of Manteo, N.C. - with 1200 points. Can't Complain is in the mix with 800 Day One points because they will fish Saturday while Secotan stays in port - 'fished out.' A total of 28 billfish were released on Friday including 9 blue marlin, two white marlin and 17 sailfish. There were no changes in the tuna category but the dolphin division saw the top three leaders knocked out by Ryan Higgins and his 50.6-pound mahi caught on Miss Magnolia, Reynolds Miars and his 47.4-pound mahi caught on Reel Jim and Jonathan Rooke and his 46.8-pound mahi caught on Major Motion. The wahoo leader was actually tied when Kirkley Russell brought a 42-pound hoo to the scale from Russell Hat.
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PhotosByJeffDennis: Ryan Higgins (on left) and Capt. Tram Colket with the hanging 50.6-pound dolphin; Charles Rooke (on left) and brother/angler Jonathon with the 46.8-pound mahi mahi; youth angler Taylor Wood with his stud 6.4-pound dolphin and trophy from The Charleston Angler; Don Hammond mixes business with pleasure when recording data for his project: www.dolphintagging.com