The Big Bend Saltwater Classic fishing tournament was launched in 1989 by The Organization for Artificial Reefs, Inc, (OAR), a private, non-profit, marine interest group based in Tallahassee,Florida. To date, it is the longest running consecutive tournament in the Big Bend region. The family-oriented tournament was founded to serve as OAR’s primary fund-raising project. All proceeds generated from the event are used to expand and develop a system of artificial reefs in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, OAR’s purview of operation. The tournament ranks among the top saltwater fishing tournaments, by participation, according to Florida Sportsman Magazine, with over 700 anglers registered during peak tournament years. The first tournament was held at Shield’s Marina in St. Marks. This was changed in 1990 to Panacea Harbor Marina, then in 1991 the Moorings Marina in Carrabelle. During the years of 2006 through 2016, the tournament continued to be headquarted in Carrabelle. This 2017 tournament year, the headquarters returns to Shields Marina in St. Marks. Multiple fish species will be open in Recreational and Junior divisions. The Big Bend Saltwater Classic is a North Florida angler’s tradition, held annually on Father’s Day Weekend. We look forward to another great year!
2018 Schedule of Events
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Captain’s Meeting & In Person Registration
Buffalo Wild Wings
392 Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Come join us at Buffalo Wild Wings for our Captain’s Meeting. Anglers can register for the Classic and pick up their registration buckets.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Captains Meeting & In Person Registration in Carrabelle – The Chart Room.
Join us at The Moorings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM to register for the classic and pick up registration buckets.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Lines in the water – 5:30 a.m. (Eastern Time)
Weigh-in begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. (Registrant must be in line by 7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Weigh-in begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. (Registrant must be in line by 5:00 p.m.)
Awards Presentation at 7:00 p.m. (must be present to win cash prize, prize packages and raffles)
- Shields Marina – Tournament Headquarters and Weigh Station, St. Marks, Florida
- The Moorings – Satellite Weigh Station, Carrabelle, Florida
***All times for opening and closing times are for Eastern Daylight Time.***
if you’re new to the area and need some “insider” information on fishing our Big Bend, check out The Saltwater Angler’s Guide To Florida’s Big Bend and Emerald Coast.