The ECBC: A Charitable Partner

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One of the founding cornerstones of the ECBC was that it would have a significant and lasting impact through charitable contributions, both in the tournament sportfishing world and also within the local seaside communities surrounding the Sandestin Golf and Beach Club in Florida’s scenic Panhandle.

In 2015 those founding tenets carried through to the distribution of charitable funds to many worthwhile beneficiaries. The Billfish Foundation received $5,000 to continue their conservation ...

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In High Cotton

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In Southern vernacular, the expression “In High Cotton” is typically used to describe someone who is financially well-off. After pocketing a check for $195,277 for its record-breaking 899.6-pound blue marlin in the 2015 ECBC, Team Cotton Patch certainly won’t be worried about getting evicted from the boat slip anytime soon. But for captain/owner Johnny Dorland, this grand championship win is about much more than dollars and cents.

“I caught my first billfish, a sail, in 1968 when I was 13 years ...

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Record Shattered

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Sports are full of cliches and one of the most commonly used is “Records are meant to be broken.” But for the 2015 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, shattered is a more appropriate description. Team Cotton Patch, a 60-foot Hatteras based in Orange Beach, Alabama, smashed the old mark by 116 pounds after boating a blue marlin that tipped the scales at a benchmark 899.6 pounds late Saturday afternoon. Lance Hill was the angler on the record fish. And in ...

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