Destin, Florida is world famous as a top class sport fishing resort, and is renowned as the home of the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Established back in the late 1940s the Destin Fishing Rodeo attracts tens of thousands of anglers of all ages every October. But for those who can't wait until Rodeo time rolls around, the Florida Gulf Coast also offers another major competitive fishing event, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic.
Now in its ninth year, this growing tournament is attracting increasingly large crowds and this year the organizers are expecting more participants than ever. Kicking off in Sandestin on June 21, the 5-day competition is timed to coincide with the peak of the blue marlin season in the Gulf, and anglers will be competing for some serious prize money. With a number of categories, and an award purse expected to exceed $2 million, the competition will attract sports fishermen from near and far. At the last Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, a tournament record was set when a 714.7 pound blue marlin was landed by Chip Temple, earning his team a staggering $325,204 in prize money!
But it's not all about fishing. The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is a family-friendly affair with a host of great activities to keep everyone satisfied. From the opening Dock Party, to fireworks and a program of concerts and events, the action continues right through to the Awards Presentation on Sunday 26 June.
And for those not taking part in the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, there is the whole Destin, Florida area to explore, with its immaculate sugar-white beaches, crystal clear waters, spectacular golf-courses and countless entertainment options for all ages.
For further information about the tournament, visit the official Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic website.
Written by the Karrie Rose Writing Team
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