Orange Beach Billfish ClassicThe Gulf Coast’s most popular billfish tournament will take place this coming weekend, May 18 - May 22 at The Wharf in Orange Beach. This tournament, historically one of the final events on the big-game fishing calendar in the upper Gulf of Mexico, typically marks the beginning of the summer marlin season. Fish eligible for tournament awards will be: Billfish Catch and Release, Blue Marlin (103” minimum), Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo. Spearfish are included in Billfish Catch and Release. Swordfish are not an eligible tournament species. In Billfish Catch and Release division, Blue Marlin will be scored at 500 points per release, white marlin, sailfish and spearfish will be scored at 200 points per release.
The Orange Beach Billfish Classic was founded in 1998 with the mission of funding conservation organizations such as The Billfish Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association. In 2011, over $50,000.00 was donated to these two organizations, bringing the total monies contributed to the tournament to over $500,000.00. Thanks in part to an all-volunteer staff, the OBBC is the country’s only non-profit billfish tournament with 100 percent of all net profits donated to qualified 501(c)3 conservation organizations. www.orangebeachbillfishclassic.com