Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Jul 11 2017

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

2017 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

2017 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf




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Dates & Times

Jul 11, 2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Jul 12, 2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Jul 13, 2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Jul 14, 2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Jul 15, 2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Jul 16, 2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Jul 17, 2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Location

4673 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach, AL 36561

Event Info

So, what makes this such a special event? Here's your answer... The over-the-top weigh-in experience appropriately billed as "the greatest show in sportfishing."

Unlike any other tournament, you and your team are the stars of the show, and will experience the kind of V.I.P. "rock star" treatment you will find nowhere else. The BMGC has been recognized as one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast!

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is dedicated to a vibrant, healthy marlin fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to that strong conservation ethic, the event is announcing changes to its current set of rules for the 2017 Blue Marlin Grand Championship. The first is in the minimum length required to weigh a blue marlin. For 2017, the new minimum length will now be 106 inches, as measured from the tip of the fish's lower jaw to the fork in the tail (known as the Lower Jaw/Fork Length measurement, or LJFL). This is significant for several reasons: it's the largest minimum length for any high-profile billfish tournament on the Gulf Coast and will ensure that only trophy-sized blue marlin are brought to the scales.

The tournament's hybrid scoring system is also being revamped. Released blue marlin will now receive 501 points per fish regardless of their size, and any marlin that are weighed will only receive one point per pound, not two as in previous years. The heaviest blue marlin weighed will still win first place but second through fourth places will be based entirely on points, whether for weighed or released blue marlin. And if no marlin meet the qualifying minimum length, the winner will be based on the team with the highest point total for released billfish.

"Over the last few years we've seen a real sea change in the marlin fishery here in the Gulf of Mexico," says tournament director Scott Burt. "Boats have gotten a lot faster and can reach more distant waters, electronics have become more effective and the live-baiting technique has allowed teams to target the biggest blue marlin out there. We want to keep the tournament fair for everyone and continue to lead the way in conservation. These changes will allow us to accomplish both of those goals."

For more information contact Beverly Morgan for registration and marina information by phone at (251) 224-1900 or via email at beverly@cmmmarinas.com.

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Orange Beach, AL 36561

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