Orange Beach, AL—The Blue Marlin Grand Championship created and offered an additional 56th slot to their tournament via silent auction. The winning team received a guaranteed entry into the tournament. It came as no surprise when this year’s fleet of 55 boats sold out early, and event organizers moved quickly to capitalize on the intense interest from the international sportfishing community. 100% of the proceeds from the winning bid are earmarked to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s most notable charities.
Winning the silent auction was Rusty Skalla, owner of the Rise Up, a 52-foot Viking based out of Destin, FL. With a generous winning bid of $20,500, Team Rise Up will have karma on their side as they fish for what is expected to be another million dollar prize purse. With their charitable donation to St. Jude, they will also be fishing to fight childhood cancer, one marlin at a time.
Tournament Director Scott Burt expects Skalla’s team to rise to the occasion. “We’ve had some fantastic marlin fishing so far this year in the upper Gulf,” said Burt, “And with the great fishing also comes the chance to help raise money for a terrific charity as well, so we’re really going to highlight this team with a special slip at the marina and recognition throughout the tournament. They’re fishing not just for themselves but also for the kids.”
Dubbed “The Greatest Show in Sportfishing,” the Blue Marlin Grand Championship is getting ready for another record breaking year. In addition to handing out over one million dollars in prize money, last year also saw the 24 year old Alabama state blue marlin record fall twice in one night, a feat which sent shockwaves through the highly competitive world of big game sportfishing.
The Blue Marlin Grand Championship will take place July 8-13, 2014 at The Wharf Entertainment Complex in Orange Beach, AL.
Originally Published By: Nicole Brister