Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. How can I enter the Tournament?
A. Complete the online entry process and pay the $1,000 deposit.
Q. What if my plans change and I need to withdraw?
A. Up until the beginning of competition July 13th, 2023, paid tournament entry fees - less $1,000 deposit will be rolled over to 2024. Paid Optional entry fees will be refunded.
Q. How much to go across the board in Optional Cash Awards?
A. $132,500.
Q. What happens if only two eligible fish are weighed in a category in Optional Cash Awards?
A. If two eligible fish are weighed then the cash awards will be split 60/40 between 1st and 2nd place.
Q. Is tournament dockage available at the Wharf?
A. Be a part of the most exciting new Billfish dock experience on the Gulf Coast - the all-new Bellingham floating concrete alongside -dock experience designed expressly for the Blue Marlin Grand Championship - complete with LED multi color dock lighting. The Billfish dock party like none other. Call Heather now for reservations.
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. In the event no eligible Blue Marlin are weighed, Blue Marlin cash awards will rollover to Catch and Release tournament payouts. Tournament Grand Champion will then become first place Catch and Release.
Q. Can a boat win more than one position?
A. Yes.
Q. Can I dock elsewhere in Orange Beach? Do I have to leave from the Wharf?
A. Yes, but why would you? The fun and parties are all at the Wharf (even your Thursday morning team breakfast is delivered to your boat) - join us and be a part of the action! If you do leave from elsewhere in Orange Beach - fall in line behind the pace boat and depart through Perdido Pass.
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 (, Follow Us in Twitter ( and Instagram (
Q. What are the departure and return to weigh-in rules?
A. Depart behind pace boat through Perdido Pass. Return through Mobile Pass only.
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, needed connection cables 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.