Sandestin Celebration Fishing Tournament

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First Major Tournament in the Region Celebrates Reopened Fishing Waters

Destin, Fla. – Today marks the beginning of the Sandestin Celebration Fishing Tournament, an event created to celebrate the favorable conditions in the Gulf of Mexico plus the reopening of Federal fishing waters.

This tournament will bring the fishing and boating community together to show the world that Florida’s Emerald Coast is in full operation for positive travel, tourism and fishing experiences.

The Sandestin Celebration Fishing Tournament will be the first major fishing tournament in the region for the season.  “This event is an opportunity for anglers to get out there and enjoy what they love to do as well as for their families to enjoy all the amenities the resort has to offer," said Tournament Director Shawna Meisner. 

The venue, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Baytowne Marina and The Village of Baytowne Wharf will have activities and entertainment throughout the weekend.   Bring the entire family out for events, nightly weigh-ins on Friday and Saturday and enjoy activities for all ages.  

Wednesday, August 25
Boating Registration and Captains’ Meeting

Thursday, August 26
6pm Boat Parade at Baytowne Marina

Friday, August 27
4-9pm Weigh Station Open at Baytowne Marina

Saturday, August 28
4-10pm  Weigh Station Open at Baytowne Marina
6-10pm  Entertainment in the Village
7-9pm Live Music in the Village

Tournament categories will include Blue Marlin, Dolphin, Tuna, Wahoo, Swordfish, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Grouper and catch and release for Blue Marin, White Marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish, Spearfish.  See for details.

The Destin History and Fishing Museum will benefit from this community event, their mission is to preserve and honor the history of Destin, Florida The Luckiest Fishing Village in the World. Additional charities supported are The Billfish Foundation and Harvest House.

For information on the resort and overnight accommodations, visit or call 1-877-549-6779.  Discounts on accommodations are available including a free night with the purchase of two with the code FISH.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is rated the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine. Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination for all seasons and for all ages.  The resort invites guests to enter a world with a 98-slip Marina plus 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,400 villas, townhomes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations. Sandestin is a member of the Beaches of South Walton, an area recognized as one of the top 2010 destinations in the world by Frommer’s.

The resort features more than seven miles of sugar-white sand beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village featuring shops, dining restaurants and nightlife.  Visit