TOURNAMENTS


Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Taking place in one of the most productive fisheries in the United States, timed to coincide with the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season and located at the South’s number-one ranked resort destination, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin® (ECBC) has set the precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments. This annual event offers something for everyone. Most importantly, for the angling teams, there are the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, red-hot billfish action, and cool green cash. While onshore, both tournament participants and their families can enjoy the wide variety of recreational activities offered at the Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort and The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The spectacular night time weigh-ins, held at the Baytowne Marina at Sandestin® are free and open to the public. Named as one of the top ten big-money tournaments in the world by Marlin magazine, the ECBC currently holds the record as the richest tournament in the Gulf. Tournament cash awards regularly surpass $2 million – and with over 27 optional entry levels, there are plenty of ways to win a piece of the pie. The ECBC is a “modified-release” tournament and led the Gulf Coast tournament circuit in setting a high minimum length for blue marlin, which are the only billfish that may be weighed. Release points are awarded for blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish and spearfish. The three heaviest weighed blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and wahoo are eligible for cash awards, as are the top three teams entered in the Release Division, and the top three Crews entered in the Crew Division. Awards are presented to the top overall, release, lady and junior anglers, and the top overall release team has its name engraved on the Magnificent Blue Perpetual Trophy, donated by Galati Yacht Sales and Viking Yachts, sculpted by Chris Barela and on permanent display in the Grand Sandestin. Visit www.fishecbc.com and follow us on our social media networks.

Manhattan Cup

In 2017 there were approximately 3 million people that rode ferries to and from the island of Manhattan. If asked, most likely just slightly less than 3 million of those natives, tourists, and commuters would have any idea they're sailing through one of the most unique fisheries in the world.Her waterways from the days of Native Americans harvesting her bounty have built Manhattan into the wonder, success, and epicenter of power, culture, and opportunity she is today. 


There's one day a year, about a month into the season, that every inch of water that touches Manhattan's shores is a proving ground. The Manhattan Cup presented by The Recreational Fishing Alliance and generously supported by Mojo and other partners, gathers the top guns of NYC fishing. The largest catch and release tournament on the east coast, not only supports conservation of the fishery but also introduces returning Vets to what being on the water can do for anyone. 


Originally organized by Mojo Pro Staffer Captain Frank Crescitelli, the top guides, charter captains, and local sharpies donate their boat and time to log in the most and the biggest bluefish, weakfish, and New York City's signature fish...the striped bass. 


It's the best fishing day of the year in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, regardless or moon, wind, or tide. For information on the 2019 Manhattan Cup Contact Mike Dean via email mike@finchaserstv.com or visit their site here.

IBT of Club Nautico de San Juan from Oct. 15-21

Most deep-sea fishing anglers across the globe have fished or know the uniqueness of the International Billfish Tournament (IBT) of Club Náutico de San Juan. This year it will be held Oct. 15-21 with the waxing gibbous moon of October for the right moment, water temperatures and the opportunity to fish at the world famous Blue Marlin alley. 


“Now a days it’s all about the experience and we provide the best yachts and fishing grounds to fish a tournament to remember,” says Salvador Egea, Jr., chairman of the 65th anniversary edition, tournament leader for a third year in a row. 


“You can start to fish a shotgun away from shore and you can either fish with your same team all four fishing days (IGFTO observer on board) or use the rotating angler’s system whereas visiting anglers can fish in a different yacht every day,” says Egea. 


The IBT offers the best battlewagons in the Caribbean, and the most renown anglers in the sport. It is an all release tournament fishing on 30 lb. Test line and with IGFA rules.Participants might expect the truly engaging attentions of an Organizing Committee which is truly committed to international anglers. Companions welcome and expected to engage in different activities specially designed for them. 


Don’t miss the opportunity to fish a truly awesome tournament! Register online! Enter www.sanjuaninternational.com and click REGISTER / TOURNAMENT with an easy registration form or send an e-mail to Salvi Egea at chairman@sanjuaninternational.com or call 787-722-0177 ext. 226 with Marely Gutierrez, tournament coordinator. Enjoy the magic of the International!