Governor's Cup Billfishing Series

3702 Docksite RD

Edisto Island, SC 29438

Phone: (843) 953-9365

City: Edisto Island

Region: Coastal & Islands

Governor's Cup Billfishing Series

The Governor's Cup Billfishing Series is an annual, umbrella event encompassing many of South Carolina's billfish tournaments. A concept of former S.C. Governor Carroll A. Campbell, the Series is designed to promote the state's billfishing tournament industry, increase coastal tourism and encourage the conservation of ocean pelagic fish species through tag and release of billfish. Boats participating in the series amass points for billfish either landed or released. Anglers compete for three major awards: Outstanding Billfish (single heaviest billfish), Outstanding Billfish Boat (most accumulated points) and Outstanding Billfish Conservationist (most points for released fish). Only one point per pound is awarded for billfish landed. 600 release points are awarded for blue marlin, 300 points for white marlin, and 200 points for sailfish. Awards are given for the outstanding tuna, dolphin and wahoo, and female and youth angler awards are also presented. Prior to the Governor's Cup, less than ten percent of billfish caught were released. Inspired by the conservation message of the Series, anglers are now releasing record numbers of billfish caught in South Carolina waters. By encouraging billfish release, the Series has focused attention on the sharp decline of Atlantic billfish and encouraged conservation of all marine resources.

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