Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2016 Edisto Invitational, Release Timing, Decides Governor’s Cup

Sportin' Life Capt. Bobby Garmany (left)
and Dixon Pearce celebrate with ice bucket!
Nice Tourney Venue Next to Marina
The Marina at Edisto Beach has made some great strides to bring the right mix of competitive fishing and family fun to the 2016 Edisto Invitational. Three days of sizzling bluewater fishing served to shine a spotlight on just how good this venue can be, as it decides future winners for years to come. After the 27-boat fleet was done fishing, Syked Out wins the Edisto Invitational tournament, and Sportin’ Life  wins the entire 2016 Governor’s Cup Series.

Skyed Out wins the Edisto Invitational
Based out of Charleston, Sportin’ Life is owned by Manly and Graham Eubank, a father and son team that has been fishing in the Governor’s Cup for two decades. For Captain Bobby Garmany it was his first time at the helm of a Series winner, so the crew gave him an especially rousing icewater bucket dump when back at the dock on Saturday afternoon. This group went fishing with lots on the line Saturday, after battling some mechanical issues on Friday, which only served to fuel the 'dock talk' that is always part of any big money tournament scenario.

Large Crowds Rock the Dock on Saturday
Two other boats named Rascal and Electric Bill had an opportunity to surpass the points total posted by Sportin’ Life, but after a frenetic day of fishing on Saturday, it ended in a dead heat for points. Keep in mind that offshore fishing boats make regular reports to tournament officials about when they release any billfish, so while the crews are out of cell phone range from family and friends, their sense of what is happening on the water in real time is palpable. Each team wanted to win, but congrats to Sportin’ Life for finishing strong, and holding off the competition.

First-Place Mahi caught by Owner / Capt. Jerry Smith
Congrats to the 2016 Gov. Cup Champions!
The Edisto Invitational tournament winner is another boat from Charleston named Syked Out, and owned by David Sykes. They enjoyed two days of impressive billfishing, releasing two blue marlin and six sailfish for a total of 2400 points. Rascal, based out of Georgetown, finished in second place for the Edisto Invitational with 1600-points for releasing one blue marlin and five sailfish. Mount Pleasant boat Electric Bill took third place in the Edisto Invitational for releasing two blue marlin and two sailfish, good for 1600-points. Rascal and Electric Bill finished second and third respectively in the Governor’s Cup Series as well.

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from the Governor's Cup winners click on 20152014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Glad to meet Artist Steve Goione at Edisto
To view past blog entries from Edisto Island click To view past blog entries from 2016 at Edisto click on Afternoon Heat ReliefJim Bost Memorial - Dolphin Slam - Cobia Tourney - Spring Shorebird Synergy - Bovine Bones on Beach - Edisto River book 

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