The 2017 Blue Marlin Grand Championship (BMGC) will be held July 11-17 at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

Billed as “The Greatest Show in Sportfishing,” this tournament is a professionally planned, promoted and produced event including live local TV coverage, worldwide online streaming, Jumbotrons, light shows, captain and crew interviews.

The BMGC has been recognized as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast.

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is dedicated to a vibrant, healthy marlin fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thanks to that strong conservation ethic, the event is announcing changes to its current set of rules for the Blue Marlin Grand Championship.

The first is in the minimum length required to weigh a blue marlin. For 2017, the new minimum length will now be 106 inches, as measured from the tip of the fish's lower jaw to the fork in the tail (known as the Lower Jaw/Fork Length measurement, or LJFL). This is significant for several reasons: it's the largest minimum length for any high-profile billfish tournament on the Gulf Coast and will ensure that only trophy-sized blue marlin are brought to the scales.

“Over the last few years we've seen a real sea change in the marlin fishery here in the Gulf of Mexico,” said tournament director Scott Burt. “Boats have gotten a lot faster and can reach more distant waters, electronics have become more effective, and the live-baiting technique has allowed teams to target the biggest blue marlin out there. We want to keep the tournament fair for everyone and continue to lead the way in conservation. These changes will allow us to accomplish both of those goals.

Bring your friends, be sure to catch the exciting weigh-ins and allow everyone to have their own private space in a comfortable four-bedroom condo in Orange Beach. Hang out and shop or dine at The Wharf before and after the weigh-ins.