Posts Tagged ‘Gulf of Mexico’

The Gulf Cup Blue Marlin Shootout: Winner Takes All on July 4th! Which State Wins the Cup?



The Gulf Cup Blue Marlin Shootout: Winner Takes All on July 4th!
Which State Wins the Cup?

The Gulf of Mexico, United States—The Gulf Cup Blue Marlin Shootout pits not only the best fishing teams in the region against one another but also the associated marinas and even the states of the Gulf Coast in a new one-day, winner-take-all event to be held on the Fourth of July. At stake is a year’s worth of bragging rights in addition to significant prize money based on the number of participating boats.

The competition will be twofold: the team with the largest blue marlin takes home the cash but the city, state and even the weigh station that weighs the winning fish will take home the prestigious Gulf Cup trophy and bragging rights for the next twelve months. Imagine the tourism departments in each state printing the headlines the following day that the state of Texas (or Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi or Florida) has won the prestigious Gulf Cup, proving that the billfishing off their shores is indeed the best in the Gulf of Mexico.

The fishing boundaries will range from off South Padre Island, Texas to Key West, Florida, with lines in the water at 7:00 a.m. on July 4, 2013 and lines out at 4:30 p.m. (within each participating boat’s time zone). There are eight established weigh stations: two in Texas, three in Florida and one each in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The Texas locations are the Pelican Rest Marina in Galveston as well as the Fisherman’s Wharf Marina in Port Aransas; in Louisiana, Cypress Cove Marina in Venice; the Mississippi weigh station is at Barksdale Pavilion in Gulfport; for the state of Alabama it will be Orange Beach Marina, Orange Beach; and in Florida there will be weigh stations at Harbor Walk in Destin, Galati Yacht Sales in Anna Maria and Conch Harbor, Key West. The entry fee is just $3,000 per team and it’s winner take all!

The Tournament Director for this event is Robert “Fly” Navarro, a well-known and well respected member of the fishing community who has fished the marlin-rich waters of the world throughout his life. Navarro believes that the Gulf anglers, captains and mates can compete with anyone, anywhere and at any time. He has chosen a 110-inch minimum size for this event due to his conservation ethic as well as the fact that significant angling skills are required to land a blue marlin of that size. “We don’t want to see a lot of fish boated so with a 110-inch minimum we feel that this will lead to a 95 percent or greater release percentage,” he says. “This is a big-fish tournament, the way it should be in the Gulf of Mexico!”

There’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than fishing for big blue marlin in the Gulf. For more information and to register for the Gulf Cup Blue Marlin Shootout, visit


You Never Know with at 120 inch 756LB Blue Marlin



You Never Know” with at 120 inch 756LB Blue Marlin during the 36th Annual 2013 MBGFC Memorial Day Tournament!!!!!


36th Annual 2013 MBGFC Memorial Day Tournament

memorial_logo36th Annual 2013 MBGFC Memorial Day Tournament

May 24 – 27, 2013
Friday May 24 – Registration: 4 – 8 pm. $250 per angler with a minimum of
4 anglers for boats over 32 feet, and 3 anglers for boats 32 feet and under.
Registration received by 5 pm, Wednesday, May 22, $200 per angler.
Dinner and Kick-off Party: presented by Gulf Coast Hatteras, 6 – 8 pm.
Mandatory Captain’s Meeting: 8 pm Tournament officially begins and boats may
leave after mandatory sign-out from the captain’s meeting by captain or owner.
Saturday, May 25 – Fishing: MBGFC Weigh Dock opens 5 pm and closes at 9 pm.
Outboard Shootout Division Weigh-Ins: Weigh Dock will be open form 5 – 8.
Outboard Boats must enter Perdido Pass rocks by 8:00  Download Format Info
Sunday, May 26 – Fishing: MBGFC Weigh Dock opens 5 pm and closes at 9 pm.
Boats must inside the Perdido Pass rocks by 8 pm.
Monday, May 27 – Champions Breakfast: 9:30 am in the Food Tent[facebook_like_button]


2nd Annual 2013 MBGFC Memorial Day Outboard Shootout


2013 Orange Beach Billfish Classic May 15th – 19th, 2013


The 2013 Orange Beach Billfish Classic will feature some significant changes. For a full press release please click here.
The dates for the 2013 Orange Beach Billfish Classic will be May 15-19, 2013. The format will feature tournament registration and captain’s meeting Wednesday, fishing Thursday through Saturday and weigh in Friday and Saturday afternoons. The event wraps up with an awards brunch on Sunday.
This year, a change in tournament rules will allow blue marlin to be weighed in. The minimum size for a tournament-legal blue marlin is now 103 inches. This is in addition to the all-release division for billfish and the weigh in for dolphin, tuna and wahoo.
The tournament will be hosted by The Wharf Entertainment Complex located at 4673 Wharf Parkway in Orange Beach. Click here for driving directions. The Wharf is without a doubt the most exciting destination on the upper Gulf Coast, offering an incomparable lineup of attractions and activities for all ages that’s also easily accessible from just about anywhere in Florida, Alabama or Mississippi. In addition to a full-service marina, The Wharf features a wide variety of restaurants, shopping and more, including a 9,600-seat amphitheater, 112-foot Ferris wheel and 15-screen movie theater.
According to Tournament Chairman Johnny Dorland, these changes are expected to significantly increase participation in what has become one of the most anticipated annual events on the Gulf Coast. “I’d like to personally invite everyone to come fish with us this year in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic,” he says. “We’ll do our best to make sure you have a terrific time from start to finish—I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.”
The OBBC has continued to serve as a very important fundraiser for marine conservation projects, contributing to The Billfish Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), both 501c3 charities. In 2011, the tournament donated over $50,000 to these groups, bringing the overall total to $500,000, a contribution supported by the tournament’s all-volunteer staff sincerely dedicated to the conservation of our marine resources.
For more information on the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, please contact the tournament staff via email, or call Tournament Chairman Johnny Dorland directly at 251-402-8190. For slip reservations and information on The Wharf Entertainment Complex, contact Beverly Morgan by email, or call 251-224-1900.

City of Orange Beach

Key Largo Fisheries Offers Succulent Pink Gulf Shrimp for Bermuda vs Cup!!!!

KLFKey Largo Fisheries Offers Succulent Pink Gulf Shrimp for Bermuda vs Cup side bet!!!! As the time gets closer the pot gets sweeter and sweeter!!!!

17th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, June 3-9, 2013


The 17th annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic is less than two months away and the 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Last year, the ever-popular blue water event paid out more than $1.1 million and the same plus more is expected to hold true this year out of the Isle Casino which is under transition to the Golden Nugget Casino, one of the giants in the gaming industry. The event is slated for June 3-9 with fishing for blue marlin, dolphin, tuna, wahoo and swordfish. But off the water, anglers, captains, and families can participate in two special non-fishing events. First up, will be the Gosling’s Rum “Go Deep” golf scramble on June 5 at 9a.m. and it’s open to all tournament participants and sponsors. ”The golf tournament will be held at Shell Landing in nearby Gautier, MS. It’s for the participants and sponsors”, said tournament director Bobby Carter. For entry forms, check out our new website
Another event encouraged by tournament officials will be the Third Annual Pub Crawl through the streets of downtown Ocean Springs on June 6 starting at 7 p.m. The entertainment to this event, one that drew a crowd of a few thousand last year, is Rockin Dopsie. Rockin Dopsie is a talented singer from New Orleans who sings a variety of music, including Cajun Zydeco. ”This is for all our sponsors, along with the friends and family members of the participants. The fishermen themselves will be out fishing”, said Carter.
The Billfish Classic is right around the corner and so plan now to come join us for a great time in beautiful Biloxi, MS at the Gold Nugget Casino.


Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin June 19-23, 2013


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® sets the new precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments.

This annual event offers something for everyone. Most importantly, for the angling teams, there’s the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, red-hot billfish action, and cool green cash.

While on-shore, both the teams 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 are held at the Baytowne Marina at Sandestin® and are open to the public.

The competition takes place in one of the most productive fisheries in the United States. In the past several years two blue marlin “Granders” (blue marlin weighing over 1,000 lbs.) have been weighed in the Gulf, and state records for blue marlin and both bluefin and yellowfin tuna have been broken.

The ECBC is a “modified-release” tournament and led the Gulf Coast tournament circuit in setting high minimum lengths for blue marlin. Blue marlin are the only billfish that may be weighed. Release points are awarded for blue marlin also, in addition to 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.




Since 1970, The International Has Become A Tradition In DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA


36th Annual 2013 MBGFC Ladies Tournament


Friday, June 14 – Registration: 4 pm to 8 pm. $250.00 per angler with a minimum of

3 anglers for boats over 32 feet, and 2 anglers for boats 32 feet and under.
Registration received by 5 pm, Wednesday, June 12th, $200 per angler.
Dinner: 6:00 pm – until.
Mandatory Captain’s Meeting: 8:00 pm. Tournament officially beings and boats may
leave after mandatory sign-out from the captain’s meeting by captain or owner.
Saturday, June 15 – Fishing:  MBGFC Weigh Dock opens 5 pm and closes at 9 pm
Sunday, June 16 – Fishing: MBGFC Weigh Dock opens 3pm and closes at 6 pm.
Boats must inside the Perdido Pass rocks by 5 pm.
Awards Presentation: 6:30 in the MBGFC Clubhouse

Latest Posts


Robert "Fly" Navarro