And the excitement begins. Two boats came to the scales Friday night to christen the 19th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at the host Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. 2×4, a 58 Buddy Davis based in Orange Beach, brought two wahoo in and both vaulted to first and second places on the leaderboard. Mike Owens of Dothan, Alabama, a long-time ECBC participant, cranked in a 32.8-pound wahoo to claim first place. Team mate Kevin Savoy tallied a 27.1-pound speedster.

Owen said his fish ate a lure ne