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

by Celeste Bracewell on May 18th, 2020

Night scene at Baytowne Marina during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at SandestinExcitement is growing for the 19th annual 2021 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. One of the top big-game fishing tournaments in the world, this year’s competition casts off June 23 to 27 in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is hosting the popular sporting event with a $2 million-plus purse.  Also, Wind Creek Casino and Hotel – Atmore is an official presenter once again.

This year’s tournament is ready to welcome past teams, plus plenty of new ones to our slice of fishing paradise. Our fantastic sponsors continue to step up, rolling out the red carpet on land and sea. All we need now are some cooperative fish!

The boats head out at 11 a.m. 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, there are loads of planned activities 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 ClassicLet’s Start With the Fishing Competition

The 2021 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is a “modified-release” tournament. Its rules state that that blue marlin are the only billfish that can be weighed and must have a minimum length of 110 inches before they can be boated. 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 ECBC Kids Catch and Release Tournament at the Baytowne Marina Beach. It’s scheduled for Friday, June 25, starting at 10 a.m.

Even if you don’t like to fish, you’ll enjoy the music, fireworks, food, and drinks, as well as the exciting weigh-ins and awards. There’s live music starting at 6 p.m. on Friday at Baytowne Marina Bar and Grill. The evening ends with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. sponsored by The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Reserve Your Rooms Now

To make sure you get the accommodations you want for 2021 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, it’s wise to book early. Browse our Destin vacation rentals for condos, hotels, and vacation homes in a wide range of sizes and prices. Many of our listings can be booked online, and we never charge a service fee!

Boats at the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

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