Head to The Wharf in July for the Blue Marlin Grand Championship
July 15-19, 2020
After last year’s cancellation due to weather concerns, plenty of pent-up demand can be expected for the 2020 Blue Marlin Grand Championship, called the “Greatest Show in Sportfishing,” at The Wharf in Orange Beach this summer. The Gulf Coast’s premier big game tournament will give spectators, tournament participants and sponsors a variety of activities for the whole family from July 15-19 at one of the top entertainment destinations in the South.
The top anglers in the nation will compete in five categories – blue marlin by weight, catch-and-release, dolphin (mahi), wahoo and yellowfin tuna. Blue marlin must be 110-inch minimum size to be weighed. Weighed blue marlin will be awarded one point for each pound up to 499.9 pounds. Any blue marlin 500 pounds or larger will be awarded two points per pound. For example, a 750-pound blue marlin will be awarded 1,500 points.
In the catch-and-release category, each blue marlin gets 501 pounds, while white marlin and spearfish are awarded 250 points, and sailfish or unidentified billfish earn 200 points.
Boats docked at The Wharf Marina may depart behind the tournament pace boats at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 16. Boats docked elsewhere in Orange Beach may depart through Perdido Pass behind the pace boats and tournament fleet. All tournament boats must depart through either Mobile Pass or Perdido Pass behind the pace boats. Fishing is allowed from time of departure until return on Saturday, July 18.
For anglers lucky enough to catch a blue marlin on Thursday, an optional early-bird weigh-in is available on Friday, July 17, but the boat must notify tournament officials Thursday evening to set up a weigh-in time.