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 Terreson from Alabama agreed to supply the boat,  a " 48-foot Viking named "Can't Deny It", plus the bait and fuel. The boys had to scrounge up the $6000 entry fee. Terreson and friend Keough acted as mate and skipper, the boys did the rest.

Final Results

  • 1st Largest Marlin: 699.2 lbs
  • 2nd Place: 665.2 lbs
  • 3rd Place: 640.8 lbs

The Catch Statistics included:

48 Billfish Caught: 35 blue marlin, 12 white marlin, 1 sailfish
54 Gamefish Caught: 22 dolphin, 20 yellowfin tuna, 1 bigeye tuna, 11 wahoo

Visit the official Blue Marlin Classic website for a complete list of results.

Blue Marlin Classic Video Memories

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