Anticipation Tops Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament

Multiple sailfish releases lead to victory for the hot East Coast team

Anticipation winning team 2016 Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
With six sailfish released in the tournament, Anticipation emerged victorious.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series

Bohicket Marina in John's Island, South Carolina, hosted the third leg of the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series: the Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament. And despite big blue marlin being weighed a few weeks earlier during the Georgetown tournament, this leg would be dominated by sailfish. Anticipation, owned by Paul Coury and skippered by Capt. Harvey Shiflet, released six sails in two days to take home Outstanding Billfish Boat and Outstanding Conservationist honors. David Sykes and Capt. Dan Woody led Syked Out to a second-place finish with three sailfish released, while Voodoo Child was third with one white marlin and one sailfish released.

After three tournaments, Sportin' Life leads the South Carolina Governor's Cup standings with 2,275 points. Game On is second with 1,703 points and Rascal is currently third with 1,650 points. Two tournaments remain in the 2016 series: the Megadock Billfishing Tournament is slated for June 29 to July 2, and the final event will be the Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament, July 20 to 22, 2016.

Anticipation winning team 2016 Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
The happy Anticipation crew as they returned to port on the final day of the Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
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The Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament attracted some of the top sport-fishing teams on the East Coast.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Anticipation heads for home after a long day at sea.Anticipation running shot Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Sunset 2016 Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Sunset at Bohicket Marina, always a pretty sight.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Reel Passion 2016 Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Reel Passion makes a move.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
2016 Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Always a head-turner on the water, Home Run looks great as she runs for Bohicket.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Evening shot boats lit up 2016 Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
It's a peaceful early morning scene prior to the start of the tournament.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Electric Bill night 2016 Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Electric Bill lights up the night.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
Mahimahi winner Home Run 2016 Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series
The winning mahimahi for the tournament was a 49.5-pound fish weighed in by Home Run.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup Billfishing Series