Q. How can I enter the Tournament?
A. Complete the online entry process and pay the $2,500 deposit. If paying by check, please make check payable to Wheels Up Events. Mail check to 1500 W. 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401.
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 July 15th, 2021, $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 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 be 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 very limited basis and subject to availability. Priority will be given to boats which pre-pay entry fees in full.
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 is 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 elsewhere in Orange Beach? Do I have to leave from the Wharf?
A. Yes. Boats may leave from other locations in Orange Beach and depart through the pass behind the official tournament pace boat. It is not a requirement to depart from the Wharf.
Q. When are weigh-ins?
A. Optional weigh-ins (prior notification required) are Friday morning and evening. Saturday evening weigh-in begins at 5pm and continues until the last eligible fish waiting in line is weighed.
Q. On Friday am I required to check-in at Sailboat Bay in the ICW?
A. No. Check in at Sailboat Bay is not required. Time will be recorded by tournament officials at the weigh-in dock.
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 boat and leave only through Perdido Pass. Boats must return to The Wharf Saturday through Mobile Pass. NOTE: In the event a boat returns to the Wharf 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. Original weigh-in and Demarcation times will 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. You must be checked in and in-line prior to the closing of video judging. Priority will be given to high scoring teams.
Q. When does weigh-in and video judging close?
A. When the last eligible fish waiting in line has been weighed or C & R video judged.