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Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin – Fish, Fun, Prizes!

by Celeste Bracewell on March 28th, 2018

Night scene at Baytowne Marina during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at SandestinThe excitement is building already for the 2018 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. One of the top big-game fishing tournaments in the world, this year’s competition is scheduled for June 20-24 in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host facility for this five-day sporting event with a nearly $2 million purse.

From Tournament Director Adam Alfonso: “The tournament committee has been working hard getting everything ready for this year’s event, and we look forward to welcoming all our past teams, plus plenty of new ones to our slice of paradise. Our fantastic sponsors are stepping up once again, the resort is rolling out the red carpet, and the marina is standing by. All we need now are some cooperative fish.”

The boats head out at noon on Thursday, and the fishing continues until Saturday at 6 p.m. Whether you’re into angling, checking out boats at the marina, shopping, dining, or enjoying the white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf, you’ll find plenty to do during the tournament. Here’s a sampler of the opportunities that await you.

Weighing in the catch at Sandestin's annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Let’s Start With the Fishing Competition

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is a “modified-release” tournament. Its rules state that blue marlin must have a minimum length of 106 inches to be weighed for the competition. If your intent is to release the fish, it must not be removed from the water, or it will be disqualified. Fish that you keep must arrive at the scales in edible condition. More official tournament information can be found here. Junior anglers will also enjoy the inaugural ECBC Kids Catch and Release Tournament at the Baytowne Marina Beach.

Even if you don’t like to fish, you’ll enjoy the live music, fireworks, food, and drinks, as well as the exciting weigh-ins and awards. A featured event on Thursday that all foodies will appreciate is A Taste of Wind Creek. It features a live cooking demonstration by Wind Creek Executive Chef Peter D’Andrea at Baytowne Marina. And yes, you get to eat what he prepares. There’s live music starting at 6 p.m. at Baytowne Marina Bar and Grill. The evening ends with a fireworks display sponsored by The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

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Boats at the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic



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