12th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic June 18-22, 2014
June 3, 2014 by SoWal Staff
The richest billfish tournament on the Gulf Coast takes place every year at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The 12th annual edition of the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is June 18-22 in South Walton.
Timed to coincide with the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season, and located at the area’s number-one ranked resort destination, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin (ECBC) has set the precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments. The event has been ranked #5 in the top ten big-money tournaments by Marlin magazine and gave away more than $1.4 million in 2013. ECBC currently holds the record as the richest tournament in the Gulf, and with more than 27 optional entry levels, there are plenty of ways to win a piece of the pie.
The ECBC is sanctioned by both international and regional tournament series and competitions including the World Billfish Series, Offshore World Championship, Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship and InTheBite’s Captain of the Year Cup. This popular tournament is a supporter of The Billfish Foundation, Sandestin Foundation for Kids, Harvest House/Hosanna House and Reel Life Adventures.
Tournament week at Sandestin offers something for everyone, from family activities, special events and sponsor exhibits to the spectacular weigh-ins at Baytowne Marina Friday and Saturday nights. All of Sandestin’s lodging options provide easy access to dining, shopping, world-famous sugar sand beaches and other area attractions.
MOJO Sportfishing Gear, the presenting sponsor for the fourth year in a row is joined this year by ORCA Coolers. MOJO will be featuring its sportfishing line at the tournament which offers everything from surfer inspired moisture-wick fabrics to cutting edge marine life graphics. ORCA will be showing off its virtually indestructible coolers – every fisherman’s best friend. Other major sponsors include Visit South Walton, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel-Atmore, Bluewater Yacht Sales & Bertram, Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison & MTU, Galati Yacht Sales & Viking Yachts and Costa Sunglasses. This year’s feature artist is Amber M. Moran and News Channel 7 (WJHG-TV NBC) will once again be covering the action. The tournament website, www.fishecbc.com, will have live webcams and scoring during the event so fans can follow the action.
Sandestin provides the convenience of having accommodations that are steps or a convenient complimentary tram ride away from the event. Discounted rates are available starting at only $195 per night (use group code: FISH14). Book your stay at sandestin.com/ecbc or call 800.320.8115. All of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s accommodations come with a wide variety of recreational activities including complimentary bike rental, tennis court time, on-site tram service, fitness center access and so much more.