Fishing is the foundation on which Destin was built.  Whether you are looking for a Destin fishing Charter, information on a Cobia tournement, of Red Snapper Season dates, you have came to the right place.

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22nd Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Presented by MarineMax

June 19-23, 2024

Emerald Coast fishing tournament

It's time to get your gear ready and start thinking about the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. It's never too early to get your registration form in and start making plans. In the 2023 event, there was a total of 80 boats with $1,810,250 in Cash Awards. If you'll recall, the winner was Quantified with 13 Billfish releases. 

This year, the purse is over $2 million. That's pretty amazing when you consider the first tournament in 2003 had just 45 teams with cash awards of just under $330K. With over 27 optional entry levels, there are plenty of ways to win a prize.

2024 Schedule of Events

The 2024…

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Destin fishing

Upgrades to the Baytowne Marina at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort are looking good for the 2021 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic.

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a sought after destination for offshore fishing. The location couldn't be more appropriate. Overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay, boaters have a short ride to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Home to the "big money", Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, this popular event attracts sport fishermen from all over the world.

Within the resort, the Baytowne Marina currently has over 123 active slips that can accommodate vessels up to 140 feet. You can gas up your boat, acquire short or long term dockage, or use the personal marina concierge to book a tee time, or make a reservation…

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Florida sport fishing

So it looks like the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in Destin, Florida is a go for 2020. There will be a few changes, fewer or no public events, but still an exciting tournament for all to enjoy. Here is the official announcement as reported on

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic will take place June 17th-21st. We’ve monitored the impact and regulations surrounding the Coronavirus and feel we can hold the tournament safely and responsibly with no social or public events and by asking our participants to follow social distancing and other health precautions.

Over the next week we’ll be modifying procedures and updating the schedule. In the meantime we would like to take this time to thank our…

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 2019 Blue Marlin Classic

Checklist & Schedule of Events

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic tournament is coming quickly and will be upon us before you know it. The organizers have created a handy checklist to ensure you're ready to go as soon as the starting horn blows. We've also added some important links, a link to the rules, and schedule of events, just to make sure you don't miss any of the fun. 

It looks like the start time may be postponed due to weather - get details here

Important Dates & Events to Remember

Tournament Dates: June 19-23, 2019

Early Bird Deadline is May 31, 2019

ECBC Golf Scramble Sign Up
Wednesday, June 19, Tee Time 9:00 am

Start of Tournament Fishing
Thursday, June 20 | 12:00pm

Kids Catch & Release Fishing Tournament

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2018 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

The 16th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in Destin, Florida set new records this year with increased participation and cash awards.

Quick Stats from the Blue Marlin Classic:

# of boats: 91  (36 in 2017, 85 in 2016)

Average Size: 60 feet

Cash Awards: $2,040,200 ($624,675 in 2017, $1,952,750 in 2016)

Surprise Winners

They're calling it David vs Goliath when describing the winners of this year's Blue Marlin Classic. A team of high school students borrowed a boat, and managed to catch a record-breaking blue marlin, weighing in at 699.2 pounds. Now the team is busy splitting $131,040 in prize money.

This was a win based on pure desire, the boys had no boat, no money, just a dream of competing in the Blue Marlin Classic. Doug…

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Marlin fishing and Blue Marlin Classic

Anticipation is building for the 16th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin Resort. Last year they set a record with 85 boats registered, this year is expected to be even higher. The Blue Marlin Classic is far from a local event, attracting entries throughout south eastern United States.

Changes to the 2018 event include a new minimum length requirement at 107 inches. This is an effort to help conserve some of the smaller, juvenile marlin. The Blue Marlin Classic runs from June 20-24, but the actual fishing begins at noon June 21 ending on the 23rd. Boats take off from Destin Pass after the horn blasts. Weigh-ins take place Friday and Saturday evenings.

Part of the fun is attending some of the popular happenings leading up to the…

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27 Reddin Brunson Rd, DESTIN, FL - $419,222 - SOLD!

New construction homes in the heart of Destin, Florida don't come around often, and this single-story ranch home is definitely a keeper. Situated on a spacious quarter acre property, there is still plenty of room for a shop, swimming pool, or parking a boat or trailer. The interior has been tastefully designed with quality touches such as ship-lap accent walls, and stainless appliances. Only just completed, this new home has been built to the latest codes. 

This house is also located in a no flood zone in a prime area of Destin. Residents are walking distance to Clement Taylor Beach Park, and the Harbor District with its many popular restaurants and entertainment venues.

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Vintage shot of the Destin fishing rodeoAre you ready for one of Destin's most anxiously awaited events? Taking place during the month of October, the 68th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo is coming up fast. Almost 1 year in the planning, the committee barely gets through one rodeo, when they have to start planning for the next year. Whatever they're doing, it works. The rodeo benefits the entire community and everyone gets involved. Even if you don't fish, there is always something going on at the docks.

Fishing Rodeo Quick Facts

  • Participants come from all over the U.S. several countries, and last year spent $1.4 million on hotels, food and recreation
  • Charter boat registration is even higher this year
  • Over 200 awards are offered, all sponsored by local businesses
  • There are 19…

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Destin, the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" just got luckier! 

Make way for the expansion of Bass Pro Shops in Destin. The renovation will total 16,600 square feet and should be completed in the Fall of 2016.

Shoppers can look forward to:

  • more retail space
  • boat pad increasing from 5 boats to 15-20
  • three additional checkout counters
  • new fitting rooms
  • aquarium remodel
  • new energy-efficient LED lighting in store

With a huge population of anglers and boaters, this new development will be welcomed.

Bass Pro Shops, Destin FL

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Blue Marlin Classic Quick Facts

Location: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida

Dates: Wednesday, June 22 - Sunday, June 26, 2016

Entry Fee: $5,000 to $71,561 per team with optional entries

Eligible Fish Species: blue marlin (103” minimum), white marlin, sailfish, spearfish (release only), blackfin tuna (20 lb. & 12” minimum), yellowfin and bigeye tuna (20 lb. & 27” minimum), dolphin (20 lb. minimum), wahoo (20 lb. minimum)

Did you know...

2015 Winners

  • 78 Teams, 410 Anglers, $1,586,400 in Cash Awards
  • 43 Billfish Caught, 39 Released –
  • 28 blue marlin, 14 white marlin, 1 unspecified
  • Blue Marlin Weighed – 899.6, 551.0, 548.0, 445.8 lbs.
  • 112 Gamefish Caught – 52 dolphin, 40 tuna, 20 wahoo


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