Showtime! Takes 2013 South Carolina Governor’s Cup Series

McKenzie Hutaf can’t wait for sushi from John Crislip’s blackfin tuna. Photo By Jeff Dennis

This summer saw the 25th anniversary season of the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, a five-tournament event spanning from May to July. The 62-foot Spencer Showtime!, out of Stuart, Fla., earned the title of Best Billfish Boat after winning two of the events and taking home more than $16,000.

An average of 30 boats fished each event, and the Governor’s Cup fleet released a total of 64 blue marlin, 14 white marlin and 100 sailfish over the series. Showtime! owner Fred Hardwick, Captain Wink Doerzbacher and crew won at Bohicket Marina on June 6-8 by releasing three blue marlin and one sailfish, good for a $10,000 payday, and they closed the series strong, winning the final event at Edisto Marina on July 26-28. They released two blue marlin and two sailfish there for a $6,860 top prize.

Finishing second in the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Series was Rascal, based out of Georgetown, S.C. Rascal currently holds the South Carolina state record for blue marlin. Third place went to Sportin’ Life out of Charleston, S.C. Angler Dixon Pearce pf Sportin’ Life weighed a 534.2-pound blue marlin at the Georgetown tournament on May 24.

Jeff Dennis is an outdoor writer and photographer who grew up on a creek in Charleston loving the saltwater, and he contributes regularly to All At Sea Southeast. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com