Tournament History

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic was started in 2003 when a group of guys from Galati Yacht Sales and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort decided it was time to bring a big money tournament back to the Destin area. The rest, as they say, is history.

ECBC by the Numbers

From our beginning in 2003, the ECBC has grown over 80% in participation and a whopping 350% in cash awards. We hold the record for the biggest cash payout in the Gulf at over $1.6 million. And we continue to grow every year.

2016

4 new records set: # of teams, cash awards, tuna (190.6), wahoo (112.2)
85 Teams, 628 Anglers, $1,952,750 in Cash Awards
55 Billfish Caught, 51 Released – 23 blue marlin, 20 white marlin, 12 sailfish
Blue Marlin Weighed – 838.2, 835.8, 652.2, 409.0 lbs.
86 Gamefish Caught – 25 dolphin, 46 tuna, 15 wahoo

2015

78 Teams, 410 Anglers, $1,586,400 in Cash Awards
43 Billfish Caught, 39 Released – 28 blue marlin, 14 white marlin, 1 unspecified
Blue Marlin Weighed – 899.6, 551.0, 548.0, 445.8 lbs.
112 Gamefish Caught – 52 dolphin, 40 tuna, 20 wahoo

2014

77 Teams, 382 Anglers, $1,683,075 in Cash Awards
36 Billfish Caught, 35 Released – 15 blue marlin, 4 sailfish, 14 white marlin, 2 unspecified
Blue Marlin Weighed – 594.9 lbs.
94 Gamefish Caught – 42 dolphin, 35 tuna, 17 wahoo

2013

70 Teams, 331 Anglers, $1,423,400 in Cash Awards
32 Billfish Caught, 31 Released – 8 blue marlin, 7 sailfish, 16 white marlin
Blue Marlin Weighed – 613.4 lbs.
118 Gamefish Caught – 56 dolphin, 33 tuna, 29 wahoo

2012

tropical storm Debbie, over 30 teams withdrew due to weather
38 Teams, 184 Anglers, $575,550 in Cash Awards
28 Billfish Caught, 27 Released – 7 blue marlin, 4 sailfish, 16 white marlin
Blue Marlin Weighed – 783.6 lbs.
76 Gamefish Caught – 27 dolphin, 16 tuna, 33 wahoo

2011

added $10k jackpots for blue marlin and release
71 Teams, 352 Anglers, $1,454,000 in Cash Awards
44 Billfish Caught, 44 Released – 14 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, 28 white marlin
No Blue Marlin Weighed
92 Gamefish Caught – 54 dolphin, 31 tuna, 7 wahoo

2010

The tournament was cancelled this year due to a massive oil spill in the Gulf.

2009

67 Teams, 353 Anglers, $1,292,000 in Cash Awards
38 Billfish Caught, 37 Released – 15 blue marlin, 7 sailfish, 15 white marlin
Blue Marlin Weighed – 714.7 lbs.
87 Gamefish Caught – 42 dolphin, 23 tuna, 22 wahoo

2008

added $5k jackpots
79 Teams, 432 Anglers, $1,536,850 in Cash Awards
38 Billfish Caught, 35 Released – 15 blue marlin, 5 sailfish, 15 white marlin
Blue Marlin Weighed – 406.3 lbs., 406.2 lbs., 405.4 lbs.
60 Gamefish Caught – 24 dolphin, 19 tuna, 17 wahoo

2007

added release jackpots
84 Teams, 451 Anglers, $1,307,375 in Cash Awards
42 Billfish Caught, 38 Released – 18 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, 18 white marlin
Blue Marlin Weighed – 627.7 lbs., 453.1 lbs., 431.4 lbs., 425.3 lbs.
77 Gamefish Caught – 36 dolphin, 24 tuna, 17 wahoo

2006

77 Teams, 391 Anglers, $1,030,900 in Cash Awards
48 Billfish Caught, 46 Released – 15 blue marlin, 2 sailfish, 29 white marlin
Blue Marlin Weighed – 692.6 lbs., 309.4 lbs.
102 Gamefish Caught – 53 dolphin, 20 tuna, 29 wahoo

2005

63 Teams, 292 Anglers, $722,225 in Cash Awards
24 Billfish Caught, 22 Released – 11 blue marlin, 3 sailfish, 7 white marlin, 1 unspecified
Blue Marlin Weighed – 624.3 lbs., 521.6 lbs.
75 Gamefish Caught – 34 dolphin, 22 tuna, 19 wahoo

2004

added cash release & crew divisions
49 Teams, 224 Anglers, $482,200 in Cash Awards
16 Billfish Caught, 15 Released – 5 blue marlin, 10 white marlin
Blue Marlin Weighed – 483.3 lbs.
55 Gamefish Caught – 27 dolphin, 21 tuna, 7 wahoo

2003

45 Teams, 180 Anglers, $371,250 in Cash Awards
8 Billfish Caught, 8 Released – 6 blue marlin, 2 white marlin
No Blue Marlin Weighed
54 Gamefish Caught – 33 dolphin, 13 tuna, 8 wahoo