Caramba was 500 points behind leader Daymaker's 1,500 points when the blue marlin rose in the bait spread. It seemed to check out each bait before deciding to hit a Moldcraft lure being fished on a Penn 80 reel. It took Aiken 30 minutes in the fighting chair to get the marlin within reach of a release.
Daymaker wound up second in the tournament, fished out of the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina June 24–26. The boat had control of the tournament based on a white-marlin release and six sailfish releases over the first two days of competition. After electing to fish back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday, Daymaker sat in port while Caramba went out on Saturday.
The blue was worth 600 points to Caramba for a 100-point win. Caramba released five sailfish before hooking up with the blue marlin.
"This was the only blue marlin we saw all tournament, and with lines out at 3 p.m., we knew that getting hooked up in time would be a longshot," said owner Bob Faith of Mount Pleasant.
The top spot in the dolphin division was decided on Thursday when Anne Brady Moore Carlson brought a solid 62.4-pound mahi mahi to the scales, fishing from Rascal. The tuna category honors went to Monty Montgomery of Goose Creek for his 12.2-pound blackfin tuna caught on Thursday aboard Fat Boy. No wahoo came to the scales until Saturday when Matt Watson showed up with a stud 52.4-pound hoo that was caught aboard Chaos.
Fifty boats fished the Carolina Billfish Classic, the third leg of the S.C. Governor's Cup Billfish Series. While the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina was the central point of the CBC, the tourney broke ground by adding the Georgetown Landing Marina and Harbour Town Marina as participating marinas to encourage anglers from the entire state and beyond to join in.
A total of 45 billfish were released with two blue marlin (one by Big Kahuna), one white marlin and 42 sailfish reported.