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06/21/2023 to 06/25/2023
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The 21st Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic will take place from June 21-25, 2023. As the premier sportfishing tournament of the Gulf Coast, it's held at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. The event coincides with the peak of the blue marlin season and sets the standard for world-class fishing tournaments.

This tournament offers exciting activities for both the angling teams and their families. Participants can enjoy the Gulf of Mexico's deep blue waters, excellent billfish action, and the chance to win cash prizes. Meanwhile, the resort and the Village of Baytowne Wharf offer plenty of recreational activities for families.

The weigh-ins are held in the evenings at the Baytowne Marina and are open to the public. The tournament takes place in one of the most productive fisheries in the United States, where in recent years, two blue marlin "Granders" weighing over 1,000 lbs were weighed in the Gulf. State records for blue marlin, bluefin and yellowfin tuna have also been broken.

This "modified release" tournament allows only blue marlin to be weighed and must meet a minimum length before they can be boated. Points are awarded for blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, and spearfish releases. Top teams are eligible for cash prizes and awards.

If you're interested in participating in the tournament or want more information, visit