Mister Pete is threatening a runaway in the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series.
Having already used their two allowed fishing days and having to await Saturday's results, Mister Pete, owned by Bob and Rusty McClam and captained by Alan Neiford, easily won the 51st annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament with 1,800 points for three blue marlin releases. Mister Pete released one blue marlin Thursday and added two more on Friday.
Boats in Governor's Cup events are allowed to fish two out of three days, captain's choice. The 58 tournament boats released a total of 17 blue marlin, three white marlin and 11 sailfish over the course of the event, including four blues, a white and two sailfish Saturday.
Second-place Glazed and third-place Syked Out both fished Saturday and finished with 900 points for releasing a blue marlin and a white marlin during the tournament. Glazed, owned and captained by Miles Herring, won the second-place award by reaching the 900-point mark with a blue marlin release at 10:45 a.m. Saturday while Syked Out, owned by David Sykes and captained by Dan Woody, reached 900 with a white marlin release at 11:51 a.m. Saturday.
Mister Pete won the season-opening Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament with four blue marlin releases for 2,400 points.
In the non-billfish categories, Game Changer had the top dolphin at 41.3 pounds; Christy II won the tuna award with a 15.8-pound blackfin; and Daymaker took the wahoo category with a 27.2-pound catch.
Chandler Griffin, aboard Gryphon, was the top youth angler with a blue marlin release; Rance Jennings aboard Micabe was second with a sailfish release; and Iain Rhye aboard Grander was third with a 29.4-pound dolphin.
Holly McAlhany aboard Syked Out was the top female angler with releases of a blue and a white marlin; Eugenie Barrow was second with releases of a blue marlin and a sailfish; and Kathy Baxley aboard El Tejano was third with a blue marlin release.
With 58 boats participating, every inch of the marina was filled with boats. Marina Manager Ed Keelin said it was like a "giant jigsaw puzzle" trying to fit everybody in.
The third leg of the Governor’s Cup is the Carolina Billfish Classic, June20-23, in Mount Pleasant. The fourth leg is the MEGADOCK Billfishing Tournament, July 11-14, in Charleston. The final event is the Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament, July 18-21, in Edisto Beach.
The next event at Georgetown Landing Marina will be the 2018 Wahoo Challenge Aug. 9-11. For more information call 843-546-1776.
Staff writer Chris Sokoloski contributed to this story.