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The Inaugural South Carolina Blue Marlin Championship

Artemis, a custom 50-foot Sea Island Boatworks owned by John Darby with Capt. Charles Moore at the helm, has won the inaugural South Carolina Blue Marlin Championship. Fishing concluded on May 21 after three weeks of competition. Artemis, based in Charleston, earned the top prize after boating a 504-pound blue marlin. That catch was worth $79,200 when no other qualifying blue marlin were weighed.

Under the tournament’s unique format, competing boats could pick any three days to fish during the May 1-21 window. Fishing days had to be declared beforehand via the special app. A verification code was issued for photo and video proof.

Eligible fish included blue marlin measuring at least 105 inches in length (lower jaw to fork of tail). Under the rules, once two fish were boated, the minimum length would be raised to the shortest of the two initial qualifiers. There were also optional winner take all divisions for dolphin and wahoo, but no fish were entered this year.

The South Carolina Blue Marlin Championship featured on-line registration with a $10,000 entry fee. Boats could fish from any South Carolina port, but the official weigh station was Tolers Cove Marina in Mt. Pleasant.

“Our first event was a great success,” says Tournament Director Robert “Fly” Navarro. “The online registration and smart phone app allowed teams to be flexible with their schedules and pick the days they wanted to fish. Our May competition window lets contestants take advantage of the great spring action in the Palmetto State.”

The 2nd Annual South Carolina Blue Marlin Championship will be held May 1-21, 2023. For additional information or to register, please contact

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