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  • S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series 2011 Schedule

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources announces the 2011 schedule and tournament information for the 23rd annual S. C. Governorís Cup Billfishing Series. Mark your calendars today for these events!

    Before the S.C. Governorís Cup Billfishing Series began in 1989, virtually all billfish caught by anglers were killed and brought back to the docks. The Series was established to promote the stateís billfishing opportunities and encourage conservation of the oceanís limited natural resources. The Series continues to actively encourage the conservation of marine resources by promoting catch and release of billfish and other game fish. The partnership between DNR and the Governorís Cup Billfishing Series has provided an important link to the sportfishing community, and has allowed for an extremely efficient and cost-effective means of gathering important scientific data useful for managing the fishery. By encouraging live release, the Series has focused attention on the population status of Atlantic billfish, and encouraged conservation and proper management of all marine resources.

    Tournament dates and contacts for the 2011 S.C. Governorís Cup Billfishing Series are:

    * May 11-14, Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament; Contact: Bryan Richardson, 1880 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island, SC, 29455, (843) 768-1280, fax (843) 768-3481,

    * May 25-28, 44th Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament; Contact: John Horton, P.O. Box 1704, Georgetown, SC 29442, (843) 546-1776, fax (843) 546-7832,

    * June 22-25, Carolina Billfish Classic; Contact: Deidre Menefee, 1625 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, SC 29407, (843) 345-0369, fax (888) 758-3950,

    * July 6-9, HMY/Viking MEGADOCK Billfishing Tournament; Contact: McKenzie Hutaff, P.O. Box 759, Charleston, SC, 29402, (843) 278-4920, fax (843) 577-7704,

    * July 27-30, Edisto Marina Billfish Tournament; Contact: Becca Smith, 3702 Docksite Road Edisto Beach, SC, 29438, (407) 463-2082, fax (843) 869-3738,

    Learn more about the South Carolina Governorís Cup Billfishing Series at:, or by contacting Wally Jenkins at or (843) 953-9835, or Amy Dukes at or (843) 953-9365.
    The only thing better than the Sportsman logo for a tattoo might be a tattoo of a billfish. It's cold out there right now, but white marlin and sailfish can be caught almost year around.
    Megadock Billfishing Tournament
    We are looking forward to our 9th event,
    July 6-9, 2011. Register before January 1 to receive a discounted entry fee. Also be sure to check out our new, small boat category!!
    MegaDock - Pursuit Challenge
    I just got the info at the Charleston Boat Show that the MegaDock Tournaments small boat category is for boats 40-feet and under, powered by outboards only - and its called The Pursuit Challenge.

    The small boat option really adds to the excitement of offshore fishing tournaments.
    The Bohicket Marina Invitational starts on Thursday May 12.