The S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series is hitting full stride coming off of the CBC and into the anchor leg of the Charleston harbor tournaments, the MegaDock. The largest Gov. Cup fleet has assembled and the 48 offshore fishing teams are poised to compete for the title of outstanding billfish boat. With only one Gov. Cup event remaining at Edisto later in July, the MegaDock is in position to be a large factor in determining who will win the Petrel trophy after the completion of the series. The Charleston Angler tackle shop is the title sponsor for the 2011 MegaDock and TCA's founders, Dr. Malcolm and Caroline Rhodes, were in attendance at the Captain's meeting held under the Megatent in the City Marina's parking lot. A wonderful barbecue dinner was served up by Mike Altine Jr.'s Charleston Tides Catering, while City Marina manager Robbie Freeman and Gov. Cup director Wallace Jenkins spoke from the stage about the tournament rules. According to the Megadock site, the first boat to release a blue marlin will receive free fuel for the tournament. To check their site for a full itinerary of events for friends and family to attend click here.
To view blog coverage for other 2011 Gov. Cup tourneys click here.
To view blog coverage from the 2010 MegaDock click here.
PhotosByJeffDennis: David Peralta (corporate buyer for TCA) Caroline Rhodes (Owner of TCA and Chair of the SCDNR Board) and Mike Farmer (Summerville TCA store manager) welcome everyone to the 2011 Charleston Angler Megadock Billfishing Tournament
T-shirts and hats for sale at a price of $15 go towards the HuntForLife program, which is one of the worthy causes that benefits from this event, according to MegaDock Tournament Director McKenzie Hutaff
Sperry is a sponsor of the 2011 MegaDock and Kathy Crandall of S.C., Tom Houston of Ga., and Karen Dana of Boston, Mass. are offering 20 % discounts on all of their shoes including the ASV shock absorbing deck shoe with drain holes that is the preferred shoe of offshore enthusiasts
PhotoByMalcolmRhodes: Jeff Dennis and Sue Cushman (Marketing Director for Guy Harvey) remind everyone that Guy Harvey Magazine is covering the MegaDock Tournament and offering subscription specials for anglers fishing in the Governor's Cup Series