Frequently Asked Questions



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Q. How can I enter the Tournament?

A. Request an Invitation from Beverly Morgan (251) 224-1900

Q. When is the balance of my entry fee due?

A. June 30th, 2019.

Q. I understand you pay 1st through 4th place for the Tournament Awards. What are the splits?

A. 60% / 25% / 10% / 5%.

Q. What if my plans change and I need to withdraw?

A. Up until the beginning of competition at 11:01am, July 11th, 2019, $7,500 of entry fees paid will be refunded (or may be rolled over to following year). 100% of Optional Cash Entries are refundable. Once competition begins at 11:01am July 11th, no refunds of any kind will be available for any reason.

Q. How much to go across the board in Optional Cash Awards?

A. $80,000.

Q. What happens if only two eligible fish are weighed in a category in Optional Cash Awards?

A. 60% of third place will added to the cash awards for first place and 40% will be added to the cash awards for second place.

Q. Is tournament dockage available at the Wharf?

A. On a limited basis and subject to availability. Pre-register early to increase the chances you'll have dockage.

Q. How may Tournament shirts and VIP passes to event parties are included in each boat registration gift bag?

A. 7 tournament shirts and 8 Kick Off Party access passes are included with registration. Additional shirts and passes may be purchased at registration. Cost to purchase additional Kick-Off party passes are $50 each.

Q. The single heaviest eligible Blue Marlin weighed during the tournament becomes the Tournament Grand Champion. What if no eligible Blue Marlin are weighed?

A. The BMGC is a hybrid, blended-format tournament. In the event no eligible Blue Marlin are weighed, the boat with the highest total number of verified Catch and Release points will win Tournament Grand Champion.

Q. Can a boat win more than one position in Tournament Cash Awards (first through fourth place)?

A. No. Boats may win multiple positions in Optional Cash awards, but not in the Tournament Championship Cash Awards.

Q. Can I dock my boat elsewhere in Orange Beach and can I leave from other locations in Orange Beach?

A. Yes. Boats may leave from other locations in Orange Beach behind the official tournament pace boat.

Q. Is there a line class?

A. No.

Q. Can I hand off the rod?

A. Yes. Rod may be transferred (handed off) one time within the first minute of the fight.

Q. Do you have a different designator for each day?

A. No.

Q. What if I catch a Blue Marlin on Thursday afternoon?

A. Call Jim Cox at (251) 802-2664 prior to 9pm Thursday for the optional morning 7 - 8am weigh-in on Friday morning.

Q. Do I need to check in on Friday when coming through Sailboat Bay in the ICW?

A. No. Check in at Sailboat Bay is not required. Boats are required to be in sight of the weigh-in dock by 8:00am Friday morning (prior evening notification required) or 8:00pm Friday evening

Q. What is Marlin Gallery?

A. An opportunity for children to learn about the various types of fish caught during the event and experience their grandeur up close.

Q. What happens to the fish weighed?

A. Fish retained by the tournament are used to feed the less fortunate.

Q. I have friends fishing on a boat in the event. How can I keep up with the very latest information?

A. For the latest updates we suggest you take advantage of these social media opportunities:

Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BlueMarlinGrandChampionship),
Follow Us in Twitter (
https://twitter.com/BlueMarlinGrand)
and Instagram (
http://instagram.com/BlueMarlinGrand).

Q. What are the departure and return to weigh-in rules?

A. Boats may depart on Thursday behind the pace boats and leave through Perdido or Mobile Pass. Boats must return to The Wharf Friday or Saturday through Mobile Pass.

NOTE: In the event a boat returns to weigh in through Pensacola or Perdido Pass, weigh-in will be refused. The boat will be required to depart back through Perdido Pass and enter through Mobile Pass. Check-in at Sailboat Bay and weigh-in time restrictions apply.

Q. If I only have Catch and Release Video to be scored, can I go back to my slip?

A. Yes, You may bring the video camera, and video verification form to the Wharf Marina Outfitter's Store for scoring. Priority will be given to high scoring teams.

Q. Can the weigh-in scales and video scoring close prior to the published time?

A. Yes. Once all eligible boats waiting in line have weighed in, the scales will close. Video scoring will close once the last eligible team waiting in line has been judged.