Photo provided by 2016 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship

3:20 pm

You Do Not Want To Miss The Greatest Show In Sportfishing

Blue Marlin Grand Championship

Blue Marlin Grand ChampionshipIf you are among the un-initiated, you probably don’t know about the spectacle that is the Blue Marlin Grand Championship. Coming to Orange Beach from July 13 – July 17th.  Nearly a week’s worth of events, known as “Billfish Week” is built in around the tournament. There is live music and entertainment, boat parades, the Miss Billfish Contest. Closing out the whole jam-packed party on July 17th is country Superstar, Dierks Bentley, who will be live at the Wharf Amphitheater. Of course, in between this crazy fun week of partying is the actual Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament itself. The Blue Marlin is known far & wide as the granddaddy of fishing tournaments!

The Blue Marlin brings some of the very best fishing crews together to compete in catching blue marlins, yellow-fin tunas, wahoos, and dolphins. There are potentially thousands of dollars per fish at stake. This competition brings out the very best in man and fish alike.

Last year’s winning marlin, for example, weighed in at 716 pounds and was worth over $266,000 in combined prize money!

Thousands of spectators flock to the Wharf at Orange Beach to watch the spectacle. The crews bring their hauls in and weigh them and these weigh-ins are broadcast on live local tv, and also streams worldwide on the internet. There are light shows, jumbotrons, live interviews with captains and crews and lots more highly entertaining features around the tournament creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that is widely recognized as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Many of the fish are released. Of the fish that is kept, much is donated to local area food banks.

All For A Great Cause

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and extremely worthy cause. This year, the tournament has an extra charity benefit entry that will also benefit St. Jude. You can keep track of all of this years’ entrants on the Tournament’s Facebook page.

If you can only witness one fishing tournament, this is it! Do not miss out on the fun and get your tickets NOW for the grand finale,  Dierks Bentley at the Amphitheater!

Posted in Beach Blog, Local Events