DATES: Tuesday, July 28 - August 1, 2020 I 5th Annual
HOST FACILITY: Freeport RiverPlace
LOCATION: Freeport, TX
MAILING ADDRESS: Texas Billfish Classic, 65 Marlin Ln, Freeport, TX 77541
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Jasen Gast
ENTRY FEE: $2,500 early entry – $3,000 entry after Sunday, July 5th
ENTRY LIMITS: No limits on number or size of boats, open to both private and charter boats
TARGET SPECIES: Blue Marlin (110” minimum), White Marlin, Sailfish & Spearfish (release only). A 20 lb. minimum applies for all meat fish (tuna, wahoo, dolphin).
Blue Marlin Division
1 POINT per lb. (for example: a 515.6 lb. B/M will score 515.6 points)
Billfish Release Division Scoring
Blue Marlin: 600 points
White Marlin / Spearfish: 250 points
Sailfish / Unidentified Billfish: 200 points
TOURNAMENT AWARDS: Awards consist of the following 5 categories in the Top 3 places: Blue Marlin, Billfish Release, Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo. There will also be a separate award for the Top Lady Angler and Top Jr Angler (16 yrs or younger). A perpetual trophy will be given to the overall winner of the Tournament for 1 year.
TOURNAMENT AFFILIATIONS: InTheBite Captain of the Year Cup.
PUBLICATIONS: Annual Tournament Program published by Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine
VIDEOGRAPHY: RK Creative Solutions, Inc.
Access to the Event area will be restricted to participants and their paid guests (you will receive 6 tickets with your entry). Wristbands for all of your crew and guests will be distributed during registration on Wednesday, July 29th from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Additional wristbands for Wednesday and Saturday night are available for purchase. We strongly encourage purchasing any extra tickets in advance for Saturday night.
Wednesday and Saturday $140
Wednesday Only $75
Saturday Only $75
Wednesday and Saturday $50
Wednesday Only $30
Saturday Only $30
Access to Tuesday night’s “Captain & Mate’s Party” is free to all tournament participants (wristbands not required).
The general public is encouraged to attend the weigh-in at Hooks Ice House and Marina on Saturday from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Saturday. During other Tournament functions, access will be restricted to Tournament participants only, their guests and those with wristbands purchased thru the Tournament.
If you plan to depart from another port (outside of Freeport, TX), you MUST do the following prior to Wednesday, 10:30 pm:
Submit Payment for Team Entry and Optional Side Pots
Receive “Object of the Day” from Tournament Committee
Speak with Tournament Director to review Rules prior to departure
NOTE: The TBC is non-IGFA tournament.
Teams leaving Freeport will depart in a boat parade starting at 10:00 am on Thursday morning from Hooks Ice House and Marina. Boats departing any other Texas port can leave at 12:00 pm noon. Boats departing from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama or Florida can leave their respective ports no earlier than 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2020. You MUST film departure with GPS time stamp if leaving from another port (than Freeport).
All boats MUST return to Freeport, TX to weigh fish and turn in video release verifications to receive tournament points. Boats must be inside the tip of the Freeport jetties to be verified by Tournament Control by 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 1st, NO EXCEPTIONS.