Part of the What's Biting Series
The big game fishing season along the northern Gulf of Mexico starts off with a bang with the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, scheduled May 15-19 at The Wharf.
What’s special about the Orange Beach Billfish Classic (OBBC) is what it contributes to big game fishing. Concerned about the health of billfish populations around the world, a group of anglers formed the OBBC in 1996 as a way to raise money and awareness for billfish research and conservation.
In the past 20 years, the OBBC has donated more than $700,000 to The Billfish Foundation (TBF) and other conservation organizations. The OBBC ranks at the top of the list in money donated to The Billfish Foundation with 100 percent of net profits going to TBF and other qualified 501(c)(3) conservation organizations.
When the OBBC got so large that the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club dock at Orange Beach Marina couldn’t handle the huge crowds that gather for the weigh-ins, the Classic moved in 2013 to its current home at The Wharf, where anglers and spectators have ample room to watch the Gulf Coast’s top anglers complete for more than $1 million in prize money.
The OBBC not only kicks off the 2019 Gulf Coast tournament fishing season, it is the first of the five Gulf Coast tournaments qualifying for the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series.