The North Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Conservation Series is an annual sportfishing series operating cooperatively with eight major billfish tournaments held along the Tar Heel coast. The Series, managed by the Division of Marine Fisheries promotes conservation, protection, and preservation of our marine resources. Participating boats or teams are awarded Series points for billfish caught and released and for billfish taken which met tournament minimum size requirements. Penalty points are assessed for undersized fish taken, the emphasis being on fish released. Trophies are awarded to boats with the most points in both the “Private Boat” and “Charter Boat” categories. Individual awards are given to the outstanding junior boy, outstanding junior girl and lady anglers. In addition, trophies are awarded for the largest blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo and dolphin.
Participating tournaments are the Hatteras Village Offshore Open, the Swansboro Memorial Day Bluewater Fishing Tournament, the Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, The Hatteras Grand Slam Tournament, the Boys and Girls Club Billfish Classic Tournament and the Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament. Four of the eight tournaments are held right here on the Crystal Coast. We can help you find vacation rentals in Morehead City, Beaufort or Atlantic Beach for you and your guest when you come to fish.
For more information and Standings on the North Carolina Governor’s Cup Series click here. www.ncgovcup.org
The 2017 winner of the NC Governor’s Cup Series was the owner of Spectrum Rental Properties, fishing on the Inspiration with 3150 points. The Inspiration finished second in the Governor’s Cup in 2014.