Wildlife Tops Edisto Invitational

Final leg of the Governor’s Cup series highlights great fishing

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With one blue marlin and eight sailfish releases, Wildlife won the Edisto leg of the South Carolina Governor's Cup.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes

The Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament, the final leg of the 2017 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, celebrated a record-breaking year, with the fleet of 38 boats releasing total of 99 sailfish, 16 blue marlin and one spearfish. Edisto Beach, South Carolina, was ravaged by Hurricane Matthew in October, 2016: homes were destroyed, docks were lost, and the beach itself was swept away by the storm. But after almost a year of hard work, the island is once again booming in the midst of tourist season.

Wildlife, owned by Ken Strickland and captained by Jamie Brown, topped the tournament fleet with one blue marlin and eight sailfish releases. The second and third place boats tied on points, each releasing a blue marlin and six sailfish, with Anticipation winning over Mister Pete based on the time of last release.

Richard Warner from Dealer's Choice landed a 73.2-pound wahoo, while Whitney Arnold landed the largest dolphin at 45.3 pounds and Bubba Simmons landed the largest and only tuna, a 12-pound blackfin, both of which were caught aboard Anticipation.

Eugenie Barrow from Legal Holiday released two sailfish to clinch the lady angler title and EJ Nettles on Tighten Up released six sailfish for the youth angler win.

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To the winner goes the spoils: Wildlife at the awards.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Sunrise brings the promise of another great day of fishing.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Sportin' Life shows off her beautiful transom at the dock.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
James Burns from Bad Becky captured this incredible shot of a spearfish they released.Courtesy James Burns
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Another look at Bad Becky's spearfish.Courtesy James Burns
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Wildlife charges through the inlet, already celebrating their big win.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Reel Hooker runs for home.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
The Mister Pete team settled for third based on time at Edisto.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Eugenie Barrow from Legal Holiday was the event's top lady angler.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
There were 99 sailfish released in the tournament.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Family time on Seatrace.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Toast makes a move.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Dough Boy on the pins in the channel.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
Frayed Knot, always a tough competitor.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
The junior anglers on Summer Girl had fun at the weigh-in.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes
2017 edisto invitational billfish tournament south carolina
The Edisto leg wrapped up the competition in the 2017 South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series.Courtesy SC Governor's Cup / Cameron J. Rhodes