The Wharf in Orange Beach AL hosts a multitude of events year round, providing entertainment for every age genre, both young and old alike. One of these exciting, (along with educational), family friendly functions, would be the Blue Marlin Grand Championship. Just as the title infers, it is a GRAND time to bring the entire family out to witness what is known throughout the region as "The Greatest Show in Sportsfishing"! Spectators have the opportunity to marvel some absolutely enormous examples of diverse fish species, caught by some of the utmost professional fishermen equipped with the skills to reel them in! It is the perfect opportunity to get advice on what type of bait/lure is the key to hook your favorite catch, or just inquire on how the fish population is fairing following the devastation of the infamous BP oil spill. Regardless of what sparks your interests concerning marine life, you can bet you will attain knowledge from the very wisest minds on the subject, who bring years of on-the-water experience to the table.
Along with the many captivating sights and educational information to absorb, there is a much deeper reason to participate in the festivities revolved around " The Blue Marlin Championship" in Orange Beach, AL. This tournament is about much more than "Fish Stories" or "Bragging Rights", or even "Big Purses”. The "reel" motivation behind the event involves the precious patients admitted to the revered St. Jude's Hospital. The Blue Marlin Championship has raised over $107,000 dollars prior to 2018, and this year team "Done Deal" out of Houma, LA, alone agreed to donate all of their winnings (a total of $15,000), towards the much needed care and research St. Jude's provides their beloved recipients. Now that is a prize worth more than any amount of fortune, glory, or fame, that any of us could even attempt to fathom.
The winning Blue Marlin brought in by angler Katie Gonsoulin of team "Done Deal" weighed in at a whopping 740lbs!! The various other categories include: Catch and Release, Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin, and Top Lady and Junior Angler. All in all, it was a great success and a great time had by all, for an even greater cause . You can catch the next Blue Marlin Grand Championship next year at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama starting on July 10th-14th. You will not be disappointed.
As one of the top entertainment venues in Coastal Alabama, The Wharf hosts numerous Gulf Coast events including summer concerts at its 10,000-seat amphitheater and home to many festivals and shows along Main Street. If you are planning a visit for the entire week or just for the weekend can stay at the Wharf's condos overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway & marina. These condos can be sold out during popular events. Another option is to book a hotel room nearby or rent one of the many Orange Beach condos on the beach or along Terry Cove just off Canal Road a few minutes away.
Weighs-in at The Wharf.