The Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament continued a slow start to this year’s South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series.

The crew of the “Bench Mark,” captained by Bobby Garmany, took first place in the 52nd annual event held at Georgetown Landing Marina from May 23-25. The crew caught and released one blue marlin and one white marlin during the first two days of fishing, earning 900 points.

Several boats earned 600 points. “Rare Breed” took second place for Outstanding Billfish Boat while “Tighten Up” was third place.

Much like the opening event in the series — the Bohicket Marina Invitational — the fishing this past weekend was slow, with more than half of the 50-plus boats failing to earn any points. Boats earn points by catching and releasing billfish such as blue marlin, sailfish and white marlin. Catching and releasing a blue marlin properly earns a boat 600 points, while white marlin earn 300 points and sailfish 200 points.

Rare Breed earned top honors for the heaviest dolphin fish weighed at the docks at 39.9 pounds. Nauti Girl had the biggest tuna, a blackfin weighing 15 pounds, as well as the best wahoo at 24.4 pounds.

The next event in the Governor’s Cup Series is the Carolina Billfish Classic in Mt. Pleasant from June 19 — 22.