The action starts with The Invitational in Orange Beach, the newest event on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The invitation-only event will pit 30 of the top boats in the Gulf for a winner-take-all $1 million prize during the competition, tentatively set for May 9. Weigh-ins will be at The Wharf Marina and are free to the public.
The following weekend is the Orange Beach Billfish Classic (OBBC), set for May 14-19 at The Wharf Marina. The family-run OBBC is unique among billfish tournaments on the northern Gulf Coast and promotes big-game fishing and billfish conservation. The TBF was founded to preserve bluewater species like marlin, sailfish, spearfish, and swordfish and is the largest tournament donor to The Billfish Foundation (TBF) worldwide. The event donates 100 percent of the net profits to TBF and other qualified 501(c)(3) conservation organizations. Since its inception in 1996, the tournament has donated over $800,000 to TBF.
The OBBC kicks off the 2024 Alabama Gulf Coast tournament fishing season and is one of the 10 Gulf Coast tournaments qualifying for the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series.