20th Annual Blue Marlin Classic descends upon Baytowne Marina

SANDESTIN — Will anyone top Cotton Patch’s 899.6 pound marlin delivered to the Baytowne Marina weight scales in 2015?

That’s the biggest headline revolving around the 20th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, which sets sail Thursday and runs through Saturday with the star attraction coming at the weight scales inside of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

Those scales will be active Friday and Saturday evening from 4-8 pm, where everything from blue and white marlin, sailfish, spearfish, dolphin, wahoo and blackfin, yellowfin and bigeye tuna will be weighed. Entrance is free with vendors, live music, food and drinks and fireworks accenting the tournament.

As of Wednesday, 86 boats were registered and could climb higher to push the prize money above $2 million for an event that attracts multimillion dollar boats from across the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast competing in the third leg of the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series.

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