ECBC By the Numbers

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The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin is one of the top billfish tournaments in the world but just in case anyone needs a little extra push, here are the top three reasons to fish the ECBC this year:

1. It’s Easy

Those two words are among the most frequent comments that sum up the ECBC. Arrange for your slip and golf cart rental ahead of time, pull into Baytowne Marina and leave the hassles behind. Nearly everything you need during your stay is right there at your fingertips, from a variety of lodging options to suit many budgets to a wide range of restaurants— including several that will put together five-star boat lunches for your team during the event. Combine this with a tournament staff that’s ready to make your Sandestin experience as enjoyable as possible and “it’s easy” to see why the ECBC is so popular.

2. Size Matters

Right from the start, the ECBC was destined to become one of the top events on the Gulf Coast tournament circuit, but within a few years it surpassed even the wildest expectations of its founders. With a prize purse that regularly tops the $1 million mark, the event draws teams from not just the Gulf of Mexico but around the world, all vying for a spot on the podium during the famous Sunday awards brunch. There are a number of different ways to win big with optional entry levels and 27 optional jackpot divisions too.

3. Personal Service

Despite its size and the number of boats and anglers that it attracts each year, the ECBC remains committed to personal service. At every turn you’ll find a staff member or volunteer who’s ready and willing to lend a hand. Part of that comes from a dedication to making this event one of the finest in the world and part is from the feeling of community that these people have at Sandestin but either way, you’re sure to come out on top.

Ready to sign up?

Just fill out and submit the online reservation form and we’ll take it from there. Good luck from everyone at the ECBC!

Discounted ECBC Room Rate

Call 800-320-8115 today to reserve your room at Sandestin at the tournament discounted rate. Use GROUP Code FISH14.

By the Numbers—2013 ECBC Statistics

  • 70 Teams, 450 Anglers
  • $1,438,400 in Cash Awards
  • 32 Billfish Caught, 97% Release Ratio (9 blue marlin, 16 white marlin, 7 sailfish)
  • 118 Gamefish Caught (56 dolphin, 33 yellowfin tuna, 29 wahoo)
  • 4,842 pounds of gamefish donated to Harvest House

Sam White

About the Author:

Sam White is Senior Editor of Marlin magazine and an avid tournament angler.