Orange Beach Grand Slam Fishing Tournament

Orange Beach Grand Slam Fishing Tournament logo The Orange Beach Grand Slam introduced a new format to Gulf Coast Tournaments at The Wharf -- all Catch & Release, No Live Bait, a Weighted Scoring System and Lots of Fun with Family and Friends.

Team Galati, Captained by Chris Galati were the only crew of the 24 boat fleet to capture the Tournament 'Grand Slam' by weighing a Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo and releasing a billfish (White Marlin). The 64' Viking scored 453.5 points and etched their name in the tournament record books as the first ever Orange Beach Grand Slam Champions.

"I love catch & release tournaments and also the new format of this event. We had already released our white marlin, had a weighable tuna and dolphin and a box full of 19.5 pound Wahoos. But we kept grinding and then got the Wahoo we knew would complete The Slam!" said Galati.

The innovative tournament format split the prize money between the Grand Slam Category and the Catch and Release Category.

Southern Charm, with owner Ron Davis and Captain Bo Keough were the only team to release multiple billfish in the tournament.

As per tournament rules, the 63' Hatteras released three Blue Marlin while trolling only lures and dead bait. Winning Catch & Release and multiple 'Optional Categories' easily made Southern Charm the top earning boat in the tournament with a $77,560 payday!

"We had a great trip obviously, catching three blue marlin and a 154 pound tuna," said Davis. "This new format rewards not only catch and release and catching multiple species, but it really requires strategy from the captains. It was really fun and congrats to Team Galati on what they did this weekend, I am very happy for them and proud of our team too!"

The tournament had two divisions, a Sportfish and a Center Console Division. Reel Turner, a 34' Freeman was the Center Console Champion as well as the top earning center console boat!

The Orange Beach Grand Slam will Return to The Wharf in June 2020!

June 13-15, 2019 Final Results

The Orange Beach Grand Slam is a hybrid of the fun, camaraderie and fishing techniques of vintage Gulf Coast Big Game Tournaments, combined with a new exciting format for both sport-fishing yachts and today's center consoles.

'Back in Day' there wasn't The Wharf...but we'll try to re-create the feel of an old-school weigh-in right here at Marlin Circle at The Wharf!

here are our Top 5 things we'd like to share with you right now about the 2019 Orange Beach Grand Slam!
  1. This will be a Trolling Only Tournament. No Live Bait! Lures and dead bait only.
  2. Start thinking strategy, because you are going to want to weigh in a Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo...with bonus points for releasing a billfish!
  3. This is a no-kill billfish tournament.
  4. The tournament entry fee is low, yet enough that the winners will still appreciate their checks!
  5. There will be Two Divisions -- A Sportfish Division and a Center Console Division

Presented by:

Premier Level Sponsors:

The Wharf
City of Orange Beach
Grander Marine/Invincible
Galati Yacht Sales / Viking Yachts
Southern Napa
J&M Tackle

Classic Level Sponsors:

Saunders Marine Center
Davison Fuel
Gulf Coast Yacht Group/Hatteras
Wharf Rental Management