Mister Pete Wins Big at Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament

The team takes an early lead in the 2018 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series

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All first-place smiles for the Mister Pete at the awards ceremony on Seabrook Island.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, which kicked off at Bohicket Marina at Johns Island on May 9, 2018. A tournament-record-setting 43 teams competed for first shot at the series championship, which finishes up on July 21st in Edisto Beach, South Carolina.

Each of the Bohicket teams fished two of the possible three days, tallying 24 blue marlin, one white marlin and eight sailfish releases for the tournament.

Mister Pete's Capt. Alan Neiford finished second in the 2017 event, but his team of anglers aboard the 58-foot C&L Yacht capitalized on their opportunities on Day Three of this year's event, releasing three blue marlin to win first place with a total of four blue marlin releases and 2,400 points for owners Bob and Rusty McClam. The team aboard Full Pull came up just one blue marlin short at lines out for a close second-place finish, and John Darby's Artemis finished a mere 100 points behind second place to take home third-place honors in the event.

Holly McAlhany on the Viking Yachts Syked Out won the top Outstanding Female Angler award, releasing her team's only blue marlin of the tournament, and Will Morrow brought a nice 28.2-pound dolphin to the scales which took first-place youth angler for the Grander.

Leg two of the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series – the 51st Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament - will take place over Memorial Day weekend.

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A nice blue marlin release for Mister Pete in sapphire-blue water off South Carolina.Courtesy Taylor Hughes/Mister Pete
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Full Pull pulls out their second-place finish at Bohicket.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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Artemis owner John Darby and his team accept the third-place award for their respectable finish in the first leg of the 2018 South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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Reflecting the waters of Bohicket Marina, Bad Becky shows off her new transom.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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The crew of the Reel Passion gets an early start on clean-up after a long day of fishing.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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Sola Fide skipping the creeks of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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One of the tournament competitors on the move.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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Grander's Will Morrow won the Top Youth Angler award for landing his 28.2-pound dolphin.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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Some waterline shade adds new perspective on one of the many classic hulls attending the tournament this year.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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Day Three was Laundry Day at the Bohicket Invitational Billfish Tournament.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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A beautiful sunset was the backdrop for a great tournament dock party on the creek at the marina.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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Red sky at night is a marlin fisherman's delight!Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup
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The teams wind down in preparation for Day Three, which netted the highest billfish numbers of the three-day tournament.Courtesy Cameron J. Rhodes/South Carolina Governor’s Cup