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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 Schedule of Events is just being finalized, I've posted a link to the schedule, but keep in mind that any events with a green asterisk are tentative and subject to change.
2024 Schedule of Events

Quick Facts for the 2024 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Here is a summary of the quick facts for this year's tournament. You can access the complete Fact Summary here.

  • DATES: Wednesday, June 19 – Sunday, June 23, 2024 | 22nd Annual
  • LOCATION: Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Florida
  • WEBSITE: Visit this site for all things Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. All your entry forms, latest news, tournament blog, event gallery and some interesting history of the event documenting past winners and record fish.
  • CONTACT: Julia Brakhage | 910-264-3947 |
  • ENTRY FEE: $6,000 (base entry) – $77,750 per team with optional entries
  • TARGET SPECIES: blue marlin (110” minimum), white marlin, sailfish, spearfish (release only), yellowfin and bigeye tuna (20 lb. & 27” minimum), dolphin (20 lb. minimum), wahoo (20 lb. minimum)
  • FORMAT: Modified release: 110” minimum on blue marlin, release only on all other billfish species
  • CHARITIES SUPPORTED: The Billfish Foundation, Sandestin Foundation for Kids


Get registered early and it's one less thing you have to worry about. Plus, if you enter by May 31, 2024, you'll be eligible for the Early Bird Draw offering $1,000 cash prize and free dockage at the Baytowne Marina during tournament week. 

Use the form below to register your boat & team, optionally reserve a slip at Baytowne Marina and pay your entry fees. You can also call Julia at 910.264.3947 and she’ll sign you up over the phone.

Link to 2024 ECBC Entry Form
Download the 2024 ECBC Entry PDF

Payment Form

Use this ECBC 2024 Base Entry Payment Form to pay your Base Entry fee or to enter the Release and/or Crew Division.

ECBC Team Members

Use this Team Member Registration Form to register your anglers, captain and/or mates at any time up to the start of fishing.


If you'll be needing a hotel room during the tournament, you can't book early enough. There are options for every budget, but the early bird gets the worm. If you're staying at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, use Group Code FISH24 and make your reservation online,  or call 800-320-8115.

Boat Slips

If you're planning on docking at the Baytowne Marina, the slips sell out quickly. You need to specify your docking details in your entry form, so it's prudent to be on top of this one. The marina staff also handles golf cart rentals during tournament week and the number available is limited so call Dick Flanery (850-267-7773) to get on the golf cart list.

Optional Entries & Jackpots

If you want to enter the optional Release and/or Crew Divisions, or are ready to place your Jackpot bets, use this form . You can enter at any time up to the start of fishing (noon on Thursday). Optional entry fees (E2 & E3) include 7% Florida sales tax. There is no tax on Jackpots. A 3.5% convenience fee is added to credit card transactions. You must be entered in the Release Division (E2) to enter Release Jackpots.

Tournament Rules

The rules may change slightly year-to-year, so it's always a good idea to take a moment and familiarize yourself with the latest revision. Here are the 2024 ECBC Tournament Rules.


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