By Chris Abbott, Chris Abbott
(Scenic Sotheby's International Realty)
Ranked as one of the Top 10 Big Money tournaments in the world, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is the fastest growing fishing tournaments on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Timed to coincide with the peak of the Gulf Coast's blue marlin season, the 2013 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic will be held this weekend (June 19-23) at Sandestin's Baytowne Marina. Thursday, June 20th at 4 pm marks the official start of the tournament. Weigh-ins will be held Friday, June 21st 4 pm - 9 pm and Saturday, June 22nd 4 pm - 10 pm. With a tournament entry fee of $5,000 per team, you can definitely expect to see the area's finest fishermen here. The winner of the 2012 tournament raked in just over $260,000 in the Top Blue Marlin category for a 783.6 lb Blue Marlin, which was a new record!