|Reel Passion motors up Bohicket Creek. Photo By Jim Reed.|
The 2015 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series wrapped up last weekend at the MegaDock Tournament in Charleston. A total of four events comprised the 2015 Series calendar beginning in Georgetown in May, then traveling on to John’s Island in June and finishing up in Charleston in July. After the final day of fishing, it was a repeat win by Reel Passion, who also won the Series back in 2011.
The first tournament in Georgetown drew the most entries into the field of competition with 41 offshore fishing boats registered. The Georgetown event is the last of the tournaments to gather all the anglers to one location, since remote weigh stations at multiple marinas were in effect for the next three tournaments. The Georgetown-based Miss Wy Sportfishing team dominated that event by catching a large wahoo and by releasing three blue marlin on the last day to seize a dramatic come from behind win.
|Owner and crew celebrate at MegaDock|
But it was Reel Passion that went on a hot streak beginning at the second event at Bohicket Marina. Their team released two blue marlin and one white marlin to win at Bohicket, and they backed that up by winning the next event too at the Carolina Billfish Classic. The Governor’s Cup Series is about the conservation of billfish species, so they award points for billfish releases of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. Owner Bill Ingram of New Jersey, Captain Gary Richardson and crew members will collect their trophies during a Governor’s Cup Awards ceremony held later in September
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