2017 Entry Information
updated December 24, 2016
Download Schedule of Events, Entry Information and Tournament Rules (PDF)
Registration Contact & Mailing Address
email [email protected]
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy W
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Attention: Adam Alfonso, Recreation Department
1. Tournament Entry & Registration
2. Payment Options
3. Dockage at Baytowne Marina
4. Entry Levels, Jackpots & Cash Awards
5. Other Tournament Awards
6. Tournament Series Participation
7. Team Contact
8. Team Members
9. Early Bird Drawing
10. Withdrawal from Tournament
11. No Qualifying Fish Caught in Jackpot Category
12. Cancellation of Entire Tournament
13. Cash Award Distribution
You can enter the tournament any time before the end of Registration on Wednesday; the base entry fee ($5,000) must be paid in full by the end of Registration. Optional entry levels and jackpots can be entered at any time up until the start of tournament fishing.
Teams must check in during Registration to verify team information, pay any entry fees due and collect team bags. Teams receive six (6) wristbands for the kick-off party, four (4) Angler bags and one (1) Captain’s bag. Additional wristbands and merchandise may be purchased. If you have any questions or need help email [email protected] or call Julia at 910.264.3947.
TEAM ENVELOPES—RULES AND SCORECARDS: Each team is given an envelope at Registration which includes a billfish scorecard, tail tags, rules and other forms.
You can always call Julia at 910.264.3947 and she’ll take your information over the phone.
Call Julia at 910.264.3947 if you’d like wire transfer instructions.
Slips at Baytowne Marina are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Dockage fees are not included in entry fees, but special tournament rates on dockage and fuel are offered. If you have any questions or need help with your reservation email [email protected] or call Julia at 910.264.3947.
A 7% Florida sales tax is added to Entry Fees (E1, E2, E3). There is no tax on Jackpots.
There are three levels of entry: One mandatory base entry (Level 1) with an 80% return, an optional Release Division (Level 2) with an 85% return and an optional Crew Division (Level 3) with a 100% return. Each level pays out to three places with the following splits: three winners—50/30/20; two winners—60/40; one winner takes all. There are also twenty-seven optional jackpots with a 90% return. Each jackpot category pays out to three places with the following splits: three winners—60/25/15; two winners—65/35; one winner takes all.
E1—Base Entry (mandatory)—$5,000 ($5,350 with tax)
The base entry includes weighed blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and wahoo. Awards are based on the top three heaviest fish in each species. Of the amount allocated to awards, 60% goes to the top billfish and 40% goes to the top gamefish, split evenly between the three gamefish species. If there are no marlin weighed, the prize money rolls evenly into the gamefish categories. If there are no winners in a gamefish species category, the cash allocated for that species rolls evenly into the remaining species categories. If there are no gamefish caught in any species category, the prize money rolls to the billfish category.
E2—Release Division (optional)—$2,000 ($2,140 with tax)
The release division includes blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish and spearfish. Awards are given to the top three teams accumulating the most release points. Billfish releases must be video verified.
E3—Crew Division (optional)—$300 ($321 with tax)
The crew division includes the team’s overall catch—both weighed fish and billfish releases. Awards are given to the top three crews accumulating the most total weight plus release points.
You can enter any combination of jackpots (for example: B1, B2, B3, D2, W3). Each jackpot is based on the top three heaviest fish, or most release points, in that jackpot category.
You must be entered in the Release Division (Level 2) to enter the Release Jackpots.
Blue Marlin—B1-$250, B2-$500, B3-$1,000, B4-$2,000, B5-$5,000, B6-$10,000
Release—R1-$250, R2-$500, R3-$1,000, R4-$2,000, R5-$5,000, R6-$10,000
Dolphin—D1-$250, D2-$500, D3-$1,000, D4-$2,000, D5-$5,000
Tuna—T1-$250, T2-$500, T3-$1,000, T4-$2,000, T5-$5,000
Wahoo—W1-$250, W2-$500, W3-$1,000, W4-$2,000, W5-$5,000
Top Overall Release Team (Perpetual Trophy)—Sponsored by Galati Yacht Sales and Viking Yachts
Awarded to the team that accumulates the most release points and is also entered in the Release Division. The winning team’s name is inscribed on the Magnificent Blue Perpetual Trophy sculpted by Chris Barela, which is on permanent display in the lobby of the Grand Sandestin®.
Top Angler—Sponsored by Primo Ceramic Grills
Awarded to the angler who weighs the heaviest blue marlin. If no marlin are weighed, awarded to the angler who accumulates the most total weight plus release points.
Top Release Angler—Sponsored by Costa
Awarded to the angler who accumulates the most release points.
Top Lady Angler—Sponsored by Glas Designs
Based on overall catch—both weighed fish and billfish releases, and awarded to the lady angler accumulating the most total weight plus release points.
Top Junior Anglers (15 years or younger)—Sponsored by The Billfish Foundation, Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison and MTU
Billfish—Awarded to the junior angler who accumulates the most total release points.
Gamefish—Awarded to the junior angler who accumulates the most total weight points (all species).
The ECBC is a qualifying event in the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship (www.gulfcoasttriplecrown.com), InTheBite’s Captain of the Year Cup (www.inthebite.com/captain-of-the-year-cup), King of the Hill Tournament Series (www.flyzonefishing.com/king-of-the-hill/) and the Offshore World Championship (www.offshoreworldchampionship.com). Points and/or placement awarded in the ECBC count in these tournament series. The ECBC sends team contact, points and placement information to each Series’ coordinator. Any prizes or awards are the responsibility of the Series’ and not the ECBC. Refer to the Series’ websites for current rules and standings.
Please carefully read the following and choose your Team Contact accordingly.
The Team Contact is the designated team leader and there can be only one per team. The contact’s information must include a mailing address, mobile phone number and email address. Any instructions, confirmations or requests for information are sent to the team contact and they are responsible for getting information to the other team members. In addition, the Team Contact signs the Disbursement Order designating how cash awards are distributed. Please note that the tournament’s primary form of communication is email.
The ECBC is a team tournament. There is no limit to the number of people you can have on your team but they must be registered with, at a minimum, first name, last name, city and state. The captain and mates are also considered anglers. Guests are allowed but cannot participate in any fishing activities.
Entries received by May 31 are eligible for the Early Bird drawing and a chance to win $1,000 plus free dockage at Baytowne Marina during the tournament. The earlier you enter the more chips you get. Entry date is based on the date we receive your deposit.
Withdrawals must be submitted via email to [email protected].
Withdrawals submitted before May 31—any fees paid are refunded in full.
Withdrawals submitted after May 31 and before noon on Registration day—deposit is rolled to the following year, but must be used the following year or is forfeited; any other fees paid are refunded in full.
Withdrawals submitted after noon and before 9:00pm on Registration day—deposit is forfeited; any additional fees paid are refunded in full.
Withdrawals submitted after 9:00pm on Registration day—no refunds.
If no qualifying fish is caught in a jackpot category, the amount that was allocated to awards is refunded to only those teams entered in the category where no qualifying fish was caught.
If the tournament is cancelled for reasons outside of the tournament organizer’s control, deposits are forfeited; any additional fees paid are refunded in full.
Decisions pertaining to the distribution of a team’s total purse are the sole responsibility of the team members, regardless of whether an award is published as an individual or team award. The tournament organizers do not participate in decisions regarding cash distribution. We suggest you discuss how any prize money won is to be distributed before the tournament.
Disbursement Order—before winnings are paid each team receiving a cash award must complete a Disbursement Order specifying how the funds are to be distributed. The Disbursement Order is given to the Team Contact, either at the Awards Brunch or emailed, and once completed must be signed by the Team Contact as recorded on the Entry Form.
Form W-9—any person or company receiving a check must submit a W-9 before funds can be disbursed.
Cash Disbursement and Tax Documents—cash awards are paid by check and mailed within two weeks following the receipt of the completed Disbursement Order and W-9(s). A 1099-MISC is issued for all prize money to the person or company to whom the check is made payable.
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