About the tournament

Once home to the premier billfish tournament in the south, the Bay Point Billfish Open is proud to announce the return of an elite sportfishing tournament to the all-new Point South Marina at Bay Point!  Four Bay Point residents have joined forces with top tournament promoters to bring back the largest event of its kind to Panama City Beach here in Bay County.

 Like other popular tournaments, the Bay Point Billfish Open will include pelagic species such as Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphinfish, along with Catch and Release categories for all the Gulf of Mexico Billfish species. 

Prize money,  combined with optional tournament entry categories is expected to exceed One Million dollars in the first year.

The Bay Point Billfish Open promises to be the most thrilling and enjoyable Elite Sportfishing Tournament on the whole Northern Gulf Coast.

Sportfishing Boats on the Gulf

Schedule of Events

6:30–8:00 PM — Crew & Sponsor Dock Party

8:30 AM — Bay Point Golf Scramble

2:00–9:00 PM — Tournament Check-In / Registration

5:30–6:00 PM — Mandatory Captains’ Meeting

6:00–8:00 PM — Captains’ Banquet

5:00–10:00 PM  — Tournament Kickoff Dock Walk (Public Invited)

8:00 PM–Till — Concert @ the Roberts & Roberts Stage

8:00–10:00 AM — Optional Entry Continues

10:00 AM — Boat Parade to The Gulf to Begin the Tournament!

11:30 AM — Panama City Beach flare start

7:00 PM — Sponsors’ Party

4:00–9:00 PM — Tournament Scales Open

7:00 PM — Concert Begins

4:00–9:00 PM — Tournament Scales Open

8:30 PM — Concert Begins

10:00 AM — Awards Ceremony

Tournament Awards

Tournament Cash Awards, based on 75 teams, will be given exclusively to the top three places in each of the five fishing categories listed below.

Tournament cash awards come from the base entry fees. For more information, including Optional Entry Fee information, please view the Tournament Rules.

Tournament Rules

Registration begins Wednesday, June 28, 2023.

The Entry Fee is $6,000 per boat and includes four anglers. The Captain and Mate can attend all functions. Each additional angler on boat is $600.

One noted exception is the allowance that the rod may be handed off one time within the first minute of the fight.

Additional rules, regulations, and permits apply. Click the button below to download a PDF version of the current rules.

Remember: Rules are Subject to Change. Changes to the rules and final instructions are given at the mandatory Captain’s Meeting which takes place Wednesday, June 28th at 5:30 PM at the weigh station.

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