It’s Game On for the Win at the Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament

The competition tightens for the South Carolina Governor’s Cup

Game On winners 2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament
Game On emerged victorious, thanks to their two great days of fishing during the tournament.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series

The 49th Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament in Georgetown, South Carolina, attracted a fleet of 38 boats, all looking forward to good fishing and spirited competition. Game On put together two great days on the water to walk away with the win as Outstanding Billfish Boat and also Outstanding Conservationist. Game On owner Bubba Roof, Capt. Trey "Cricket" McMillan and angler Kelli Ann Roof released two blue marlin and boated a third, which weighed 477.2 pounds, to sweep the tournament's top awards.

Manly and Graham Eubank's Sportin' Life finished in second place with one blue marlin and three sailfish released by anglers Graham Eubank and James Lucas. Sportin' Life is captained by Bobby Garmany. Caramba took third place: Owner Bob Faith, Capt. Dale Lackey and anglers Bill Turbefille and Bennett Griffin released one blue marlin, one white marlin and one sailfish over the course of the tournament. Big Sky, owned by Jim Johnston, weighed in the second big blue marlin of the tournament at 460.1 pounds. In addition to the two blue marlin brought to the scales, there were six blue marlin, four white marlin and 15 sailfish released by the entire fleet.

SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series 2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament Kelli Roof Game On blue marlin
Kelli Ann Roof's 477.2-pound blue marlin was the largest of the tournament, giving Game On a sweep of the top awards.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Game On 2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament
All cleaned up after the tournament, Game On is ready to head back out to sea and do it all over again.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament awards
The beautiful hand-carved trophies await their new owners at the awards presentation.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series 2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament Big Sky
Big Sky brought a 460.1-pound blue marlin to the scales.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament spectators
Spectators lined the docks at the Georgetown Landing Marina each afternoon as the boats returned.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament Syked Out running
Syked Out heads for Georgetown Landing Marina after the second day of fishing.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament tournament boats lined up
Tournament boats lined up and ready for action.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament calm before the storm
The calm before the storm: sunrise over the marina in Georgetown.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament fleet heads offshore
The boats head to sea for another day of intense blue-water action.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament biologist Amy Dukes samples
Amy Dukes, tournament coordinator for the South Carolina Governor's Cup Series, collects scientific samples from a blue marlin.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament young spectator mahimahi
A young spectator gets an up-close look at a pair of mahimahi caught by the Big Sky team.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series