2020 Tournament Rules

Updated May 31, 2020

2020 Modifications

  • Captain’s Meeting is 6:00-7:00pm at Baytowne Marina.
  • Participants will be notified of changes via email and group texts.

It’s the most important part of every tournament. Each participant should take the time to read and understand the tournament’s rules before the Captain’s meeting on registration day. Have questions? Call Julia at 910.264.3947 or email tournament@fishecbc.com.

Tournament Rules

Rules, including published rules in print or on the ECBC website (fishecbc.com), are subject to change without notice. It is the sole responsibility of the participating anglers, captains, crews and guests (“Participants”) to know and abide by the Tournament Rules as published and as amended during the Captain’s Meeting. By entering the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin® and paying entry fees, Participants agree to abide by the Tournament Rules and accept decisions made by the Rules Committee as final.

The Captain’s Meeting takes place between 6:00-7:00pm during Registration at Baytowne Marina. A representative from each team should attend the Captain’s Meeting as each team is responsible for knowing the rules including any changes or clarifications made during the Meeting.

Judging in the ECBC is based solely on tournament rules. Teams are encouraged to comply with all Federal and Florida state laws regarding fishing licenses, size limits, bag limits and any other regulations that may apply. For information regarding Florida Saltwater Fishing Licenses refer to www.myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/ or call 888.347.4356. For information regarding Federal HMS Permits call 877.376.4877 or refer to hmspermits.noaa.gov.

For questions regarding tournament registration, rules, marina slip reservations, payment or angler changes email tournament@fishecbc.com or text/call Julia at 910.264.3947.

For marina or dockage specific questions email dockmaster@sandestin.com or call 850.267.7773.

For tournament communications during check-out, check-in and access to the weigh station use VHF-72.

If you require fuel, ice, or have other marina needs upon returning from fishing use VHF-10 or call 850.267.7773.

Updates to procedures, rules, entries, cash distribution and leaderboard will be sent by either email or group text.

The tournament organizers may cancel any tournament fishing day if, in their best judgment, unsafe conditions exist. Resumption of fishing is announced by 6:00am the following morning on VHF-72. A resumption of fishing announcement by the tournament organizers does not ensure the safety of any Participant; whether to fish must be based solely on the team’s own judgment taking into consideration the prevailing conditions, the seaworthiness of their vessel, and the crew’s seamanship skills. One day of offshore fishing or any part thereof, by at least one-third of registered boats constitutes a complete tournament.

Tournament fishing starts at 12:00pm on Thursday and continues through Saturday at 6:00pm. No lines or teasers targeting tournament species may be in the water before start of fishing, but bait fishing is allowed. There are no boundaries.