Dates: May 15-18, 2014
Location: The Wharf Marina
The Wharf, 4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Marlin tournament season in the Gulf of Mexico means big fish and big bucks as well as a serious adrenaline rush, and nowhere is that feeling more apparent than in the extremely popular Gulf Coast Triple Crown Series, consisting of five high-profile tournaments in the Gulf of Mexico. At stake for the Top Team in the Triple Crown is not only a custom six-foot marlin trophy but also the honor of being named the best billfishing team in the Gulf of Mexico for the year.
And the Triple Crown is expanding once again in 2014. The first tournament of the season will be the always-popular Orange Beach Billfish Classic. It’s an exciting turn of events for the tournament, which changed both its dates and venue in 2013. According to tournament coordinator Scott Burt, “It’s a great fit for the Triple Crown series—one that our anglers have been requesting for some time now—and it’s also a terrific way to start the tournament season here in the Gulf of Mexico. We’re very excited to have them join the Gulf Coast Triple Crown in 2014.” The Orange Beach Billfish Classic will take place May 14-18, 2014 at The Wharf Entertainment Complex in Orange Beach, Alabama. The OBBC has quickly become a top event on the Gulf Coast and serves as an important fundraiser for The Billfish Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association. Since its inception, the event has contributed over $500,000 to conservation efforts through these two organizations. “We’ve managed to do quite a bit to support marine conservation over the last few years,” says OBBC Chairman Johnny Dorland. “Now, our association with the Gulf Coast Triple Crown should increase our visibility in the fishing community and allow us to have an even greater impact in the future. We look forward to kicking off this year’s Triple Crown with the 2014 Orange Beach Billfish Classic!”