Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic returns June 16-21

April 21, 2009

bluemarlin2Popular tournament enters 7th year at Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Timed to coincide with the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season, and located at the South’s number-one ranked resort destination, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic has set the new precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast.

The three heaviest weighed blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and wahoo are eligible for cash awards, as are the top three teams entered in the All Release Division, and the top three Crews entered in the Crew Division. Awards are presented to the top overall, release, lady and junior anglers, and the top overall release team has its name engraved on the “Magnificent Blue” perpetual trophy donated by Galati Yacht Sales and Viking Yachts.
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For registration information: http://www.fishecbc.com/Assets/pdf/2009_ECBC_Entry_Form.pdf
For more information: http://www.fishecbc.com

The competition takes place in one of the most productive fisheries in the United States. In the past several years two blue marlin “granders” (blue marlin weighing over 1,000 lbs.) have been weighed in the Gulf, and state records for blue marlin and both bluefin and yellowfin tuna have been broken.

The ECBC is a “modified release” tournament and led the Gulf Coast tournament circuit in setting high minimum lengths for blue marlin. Blue marlin are the only billfish that may be weighed. Release points are awarded for blue marlin also, in addition to white marlin, sailfish and spearfish.

Tuesday, June 16
4:00pm-7:00pm     Dock Walk at Baytowne Marina
7:00pm-9:00pm     Mini Gras in The Village of Baytowne Wharf
9:15pm     Fireworks in The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Wednesday, June 17
4:00pm-7:00pm     Dock Walk at Baytowne Marina
4:00pm-9:00pm     Registration at the Baytowne Conference Center, 2nd Floor
6:00pm-7:00pm     Captain’s Meeting in the Camellia Ballroom, Baytowne Conference Center
7:00pm-10:00pm     Kick-off Party in the Azalea Ballroom, Baytowne Conference Center
7:00pm-9:00pm     Wednesday Night Concert Series in The Village of Baytowne Wharf featuring Kyle Lamonica

10:00pm-’til?     Discover the Nightlife in The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Thursday, June 18
11:00am-3:00pm     Jackpot Entry at Baytowne Marina
4:00pm-7:00pm     Dock Walk at Baytowne Marina
6:00pm-7:00pm     Boat Parade at Baytowne Marina
View the Parade from Baytowne Marina or the boardwalk in The Village
7:00pm     Official Start of Tournament Fishing
8:00pm     Sunset Cinema in The Village of Baytowne Wharf featuring Happy Feet
Friday, June 19
All Day     Enjoy Special Events & Sponsor Exhibits at Baytowne Marina and in The Village of Baytowne Wharf
4:00pm-9:00pm     Weigh-In at Baytowne Marina
5:30pm     YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddleboard Race at Baytowne Marina
7:00pm-9:00pm     ECBC Concert Series in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf featuring Coconut Radio
Saturday, June 20
All Day     Enjoy Special Events & Sponsor Exhibits at Baytowne Marina and in The Village of Baytowne Wharf
4:00pm-10:00pm     Weigh-In at Baytowne Marina
7:00pm-9:00pm     ECBC Concert Series in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf featuring Coconut Radio
Sunday, June 21
10:00am-1:00pm     Awards Brunch in the Azalea Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Baytowne Conference Center
11:00am     Awards Presentation