Youth angler Jackson Smith|
with a 20.4-pound wahoo caught on Day One
It might be the tail end of the summer season for planning a weekly rental, but the Marina at Edisto Beach is giving folks plenty of reasons to come visit their docks. The 2015 Edisto Billfish Tourney was held over the weekend, and windy conditions on Saturday may have helped to turn on what had been a slow billfish bite. Coming from behind to win, Sportin’ Life out of Charleston released a blue marlin and two sailfish to secure first place.
A total of 15 boats registered to fish the annual event with entrants coming from as far North as Georgetown and South from Hilton Head Island. Of course several local boats supported the cause, and there is a good chance that those same boats will be back for the wahoo tournament that marina manager Brian Bell is planning for the fall. The name of the boats that fished include Bad Becky, Crystal Blue, Daymaker, Dealer’s Choice, Dough Boy, Frayed Knot, Legal Holiday, Miss Fishin’, Miss Wy, My Three Sons, Rascal, Reel Hooker, Sportin’ Life, Sportsmann and Tina’s Trippin.
Day Three fishing on Saturday saw eight boats go offshore and Sportin’ Life had the hot hand and released the only blue marlin caught during the 2015 Edisto event. Since more release points are awarded for a blue marlin than a sailfish, they surged to the top of the leaderboard with one blue marlin and two sailfish released. Owners Manley and Graham Eubank of Charleston make regular appearances in the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, and Captain Bobby Garmany also guided them to a second place finish at the MegaDock just two weeks earlier.
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