2022 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Release Boatworks is a proud sponsor of next week’s Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, June 6-12th, 2022. Last year, over $1.8 million in payouts were awarded, with IT JUST TAKES TIME awarded $418,775 alone for their 723lb Blue Marlin. This tournament has been growing for almost 30 years, and consists of a week of the best fishing and best teams in the Gulf, as well as some of the best food and southern hospitality you could imagine.

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 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.

Here’s the schedule for the 2022 MGCBC:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Teams begin arriving

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Dock Party 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Tournament Registration Begins 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Register early and receive your MGCBC team gear!

Captains & Anglers Dinner

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 9, 2022

Boats may leave from Point Cadet Marina at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Lines-in at 11 a.m.


Friday, June 10, 2022

Scales Open at 3:00 p.m.
Scales Close at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Scales Open at 3:00 p.m.
Scales Close at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 12, 2021

Awards ceremony at 10:30 A.M. at the Golden Nugget – Biloxi.

We look forward to meeting you all there!