Introducing The Teaser
Great stories require great characters. The South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series has plenty of both. In an effort to better capture your experiences, the Gov Cup team has developed The Teaser, a new blog series highlighting your stories, opinions, successes, and expertise.
Much of the content here will depend on people like you. Tell us about the fish that got away during a Gov Cup event or chat with us about your kid’s first billfish caught in South Carolina. Let us know if you saw something unexpected on the water or if a mate had a banner average to clinch the win.
We’re just getting started, so please bear with us as we continue to develop this platform. We’re excited and proud to now digitally curate fishing memories from our fishing family.
A Chat with the Chair
As you cross over the bridge connecting James Island to the historic spires of downtown Charleston, you’ll pass a long and narrow finger of water lined with sportfishers docked at Ripley Light, a storied marina in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Among the fleet of blue water boats, when she’s not chasing the bite around the world or along our coast, you might see a curvy, yellow, pearl-coated Spencer tied up at the dock.
The Home Run, owned by Steve Mungo and captained by Grant Bentley, is a regular competitor in the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series. In addition to being a Series participant, Steve Mungo is currently the Chairman of the Gov Cup’s Board of Directors, a body of boat owners who guide the development of its rules, charitable contributions and billfish conservation efforts.
For our first post on The Teaser, we reached out to Steve to chat about fishing in South Carolina and the approaching 2019 Series.
In your experience, what makes South Carolina different from other billfish destinations?
“We have great diversity of species. While we don’t have huge numbers, you never know what you’re going to catch, so you have to be ready for anything.”
What do you enjoy most about fishing in South Carolina?
“Getting to fish with my best friends and the camaraderie with the other teams. It’s great the relationships that we all have built over the years.”
What is most challenging about fishing here?
“The distance we have to cover makes it a really big ocean. You have to really do your homework or get lucky to get on the fish consistently. I like being lucky. Lots of people are good.”
Tell us your favorite memory from a past Gov Cup event.
“Loading the rigger with flags at the Megadock a few years ago. I was fishing with my son and nephew, which made it extra special.”
What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming 2019 Series?
“Just getting back out to do what I love with some of my best friends!”
Much like Steve, we’re looking forward to getting back to the docks with all of you! Here’s to another great season, hopefully one full of record participation and record fish!