16th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
Gear Up for the Richest Offshore Fishing Tournament on the Gulf Coast!
It’s that time of year, folks – blue marlin season! Don’t miss out on the¬†16th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, from June 20-24. This is the top fishing event in Destin, and for good reason, too! The event is five days full of family fun, live entertainment, and activities for everyone.
The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic began in 2003 when a group from Galati Yacht Sales and a group from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort decided the time had come to bring “big money tournament back to the Destin area.”
Since then, the tournament has set the precedent for world-class, million dollar sportfishing tournaments.
This year the festival is held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. It attracts players from all over the world, with a new record set in 2016 for largest prize purse in history: $1.95 million! Participants have the opportunity to win cash for billfish¬†dolphin, tuna, and wahoo. If you’re interested in making Destin fishing history, this is the way to do it!
The tournament begins on Thursday, June 21, at noon. Weigh-ins are held the next day at Baytowne Marina from 4-9 PM. Celebrate the event with live music and entertainment! The big weigh-in will be held on Saturday, June 23 from 4-10 PM.¬†
Finally, the festival rounds out on Sunday, June 24 with an awards brunch at the Baytowne Conference Center from 10 AM – 1 PM. Awards begin at 11 AM.
The festival is a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to book accommodations! Get a group together and stay at Mainsail 202 with Southern Vacation Rentals. You’re less than a ten-minute drive away from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, but in the meantime still close enough to the beach!
For more information about the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, visit here.