Emerald Coast Big Game Fishing Club

The ECBGFC is a club for big game fishing fanatics!

Posted on 3/22/2022

Have you heard of the Emerald Coast Big Game Fishing Club (ECBGFC)?

Having launched on January 1, 2022, we wouldn't be surprised if you're just now hearing about it for the first time. But, unsurprisingly, it's already becoming a big deal! Already, there are more than 100 members, and it is only continuing to grow.

The ECBGFC is a club for big game fishing fanatics in Destin and along the Emerald Coast, with the goal of creating fun and unique opportunities for anglers—whether young or old, novice or expert. In addition to these experiences, the club will highlight brands and stories that fishermen love.

Big Game Fishing Destin

By partnering with Harbor Docks in Destin, this popular spot is set to be the host location for both club meetings and tournaments. The kick-off meeting occurred on February 24 with a spectacular turnout. Crystal LaFosse, the club's founder, was excited to announce they packed the room and signed up more than 70 members from that meeting alone. The next meeting is scheduled for April 28 at 5:30 pm and will be a Caribbean theme—so mark your calendar, so you don't miss out!

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For its first year, ECBGFC plans to host bi-monthly meetings. There are also three tournaments on the schedule, as well as an end-of-year black-tie Sportsman's Ball at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center. Talk about celebrating fishing the right way!

Curious what these meetings and tournaments will look like?

The ECBGFC meetings will be themed events. This will consist of catered dinners, entertainment, event discussions, and other club-related news. This year's tournaments include a Billfish Extravaganza, Youth Tournament, and Ladies Tournament. To support conservation, the tournaments are catch and release for the Billfish division, with all points being the same per release.

Destin Billfish

Registration is currently open for the Billfish Extravaganza, set to run May 12-15. The entry fee is $1,500/member and $2,000/non-member. The Youth Tournament is July 30-31 and is the perfect way to engage your kids in the fun world of fishing. There will be lots of prizes, and the young anglers are sure to make fun memories. The fees for the Youth Tournament are $30/member and $50/non-member. The Ladies Tournament will be held September 16-18, and additional entry details will come soon.

On November 5, the Emerald Coast Big Game Fishing Club will host the Sportsman's Ball, considered the Mardi Gras Ball of sportfishing. The black-tie event will recap the year, recognize the year's top anglers, winning boats, and the club's sponsors. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing at this exclusive and fun event!

Destin Fishing

Interested in becoming a member and joining this amazing community of fishing enthusiasts? Check out the ECBGFC member page. Membership covers catered meetings, lower tournament entry fees, and a ticket to the Sportsman's Ball. Other benefits include discounted club merchandise, early registration incentives, and connections with an incredible fishing community. Membership prices are for individuals, youth, and boat crews:

  • Individual (includes spouse)—$250
  • Youth (17 and younger)—$50
  • Boat Crew (up to six)—$1,250
  • Additional crew members—$175 

Not only do funds support club meetings and events, the ECBGFC also supports the Destin High School Fishing Class, The Billfish Foundation, and other organizations within the local community.

What are you waiting for? Check out the quickly growing ECBGFC and join this amazing community of anglers. Fishing has long been a part of Destin's history, so what better way to participate in the fun and unique culture!


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