This coming week, we’re proud to sponsor the 2022 Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic from April 25th to May 1st!
Next week, some of the most elite sportfishing teams in the Gulf will converge at two different marinas – Hurricane Hole in Grand Isle, and Cypress Cove Marina in Venice – to compete in the Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. Teams target blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dolphin to find the heaviest fish for a chance to dominate scales. While in 2021 no blue marlin were weighed, 2020 told a different story with blues weighing in ranging from 470 lbs to “It Just Takes Time” winning first place with a 570.2 pound blue.
“The best fishing in the Gulf is off the coast of Louisiana.” Tournament Director Robbie Carter says, “The Louisiana oil rigs host some of the largest blue marlin and pelagic species that the Gulf has to offer.”
This year, the tournament is also part of the recently formed “Sport Fishing Championship” (SFC), and will be the very first tournament of the series televised live on CBS Sports.
“This is a historic day for championship fishing,” said Mark Neifeld, CEO & Commissioner of the Sport Fishing Championship. “Teaming up with CBS Sports to televise competitive saltwater angling will be the catalyst that elevates the sport to new heights.”
The tournament will be televised on CBS Sports, April 30th, 9-11am CT during the final day of weigh-ins, but will be covered the entire time on Instagram (@LGCBC) and Facebook (Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic).
The Sport Fishing Championship was launched in an effort to showcase the sport of offshore fishing, positively impact the local economies of our championship towns and continuously improve our championship tournaments around a championship competition.
The SFC offers a 12-event competition series that awards one grand champion in the sport of offshore fishing, beginning in April 2022 with the Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic and continuing through the final tour stop at the San Juan International Billfish Tournament in Puerto Rico. Teams earn points based on their placement in each qualifying tournament, plus are awarded additional points for every qualified catch throughout the season. The SFC awards four winners based on results from the 12-tournament regular season, which features three “championship fish” competitions and a points-based catch-and-release billfish championship.
This coming week should be an action packed “good ‘ol time” in Louisiana. We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information, please visit https://lgcbc.com/.