SCBFA and Carolina Billfish Classic Partner to Provide Platform for Advocacy Discussions at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina Event

June 15, 2023


CHARLESTON, SC — The South Carolina Boating & Fishing Alliance (SCBFA) announced its partnership today with the highly anticipated 25th Anniversary of the Carolina Billfish Classic, set to take place from June 21 – June 24 at the Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. As the third leg of the legendary South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series and a Captain of the Year Cup qualifier, the Carolina Billfish Classic will not only deliver an extraordinary collaboration of world class fishing, live music, and entertainment but will also provide a platform for advocacy and discussion on critical issues facing the boating and fishing community.

The Carolina Billfish Classic, renowned as one of the premier fishing tournaments on the East Coast, attracts skilled anglers, boating enthusiasts, and spectators from near and far. Over 50 boats will compete in a three-day tournament for an estimated total purse of over $300,000. The Carolina Billfish Classic boasts the 881.13-pound South Carolina Blue Marlin State Record and released a tournament record 101 billfish in 2022.

“We are excited to partner with the Carolina Billfish Classic for this exceptional event that not only offers a thrilling sportfishing tournament and world-class entertainment but also emphasizes the importance of advocacy and discussion on crucial issues facing our community,” said Gettys Brannon, President and CEO of the South Carolina Boating & Fishing Alliance. “This partnership reflects our shared commitment with anglers up and down the East Coast in promoting true marine conservation, and sustainable practices, while safeguarding South Carolina’s vibrant $5.1 billion boating and fishing industry.”

SCBFA will have a dedicated booth throughout the tournament to discuss an array of issues including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) vessel speed restriction rule, which would create a 10-knot (11.5 mph) go-slow zone out to 90 miles offshore. The organization’s agenda also includes restructuring federal fishery policies and decreasing South Carolina’s excessive property tax on boats and motors.

“The SCBFA is advocating day-in and day-out for boaters and anglers across our state not only at the state level, but also the federal level of government,” said Loyd Weston, Tournament Director of the Carolina Billfish Classic. “Bringing SCBFA to the Carolina Billfish Classic to discuss these issues directly with our participants assures them that they have a strong voice in the future of boating and fishing in South Carolina.”

In addition to the world-class fishing action, the event’s schedule is brimming with exciting activities for attendees to enjoy:

Wednesday, June 21

Final Registration at the Beach Club 3 – 7 pm

Billfish, BBQ, & Bluegrass: Lookout Pavilion 6 – 9 pm

Captains Meeting: Lookout Pavilion 7 pm

TWT Final Registration 9 pm

Thursday, June 22

Day 1 Fishing: fish 2 out of 3 eligible days 8 am – 3 pm

Beach Club Pool: Live Music 12 – 2 pm

Weigh-In 5 – 7 pm

Corn Hole Tournament & Live Music at the Reel Bar 6 – 9 pm

Dinner on the Docks: Delivered to the boats 7 pm

Friday, June 23

Day 2 Fishing: fish 2 out of 3 eligible days 8 am – 3 pm

Beach Club Pool: Live Music 12 – 2 pm

Weigh-In 5 – 7 pm

Party at the Point – Departure: The Journey Tribute Band 5 – 9 pm

Dinner on the Docks: Delivered to the boats 7 pm

Saturday, June 24

Day 3 Fishing: fish 2 out of 3 eligible days 8 am – 3 pm

Beach Club Pool: Live Music 1 – 4 pm

Weigh-In 5 – 7 pm

Open Bar and Live Music By: Shem Creek Boogie Band 5 – 9 pm

Steak Dinner on the Beach 7 pm

Awards Presentation 8 pm

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