The Fishing and Marine Industry Daily News Feed

Sport Fishing Championship Announces 2024 Regular Season Schedule

Dallas, TX – Sport Fishing Championship (SFC) revealed its 2024 competition schedule, a slate of returning and new tournaments that culminate with the offshore fishing league’s first “win-and-advance” playoff format.

Season three for the SFC features two divisions of competition – Gulf and Atlantic. The top six teams in each division are invited to participate in the 12-team, three-day winner-take-all Zane Grey Championship Playoffs, with more than $1 Million on the line.

“Since SFC launched, the league has been working relentlessly to perfect a competition format that awards one champion for the sport of offshore fishing,” said Mark Neifeld, CEO & Commissioner. “With the growth in stature of the SFC Billfish Championship and in collaboration with our league’s competitors and tournaments, we are proud to introduce the Zane Grey Championship Playoffs which will debut in 2024.”

Like previous seasons, teams participating in the Zane Grey Championship will need to qualify in their respective division by competing in three qualifying events. The new competition format advances the top six teams from each division into the playoffs. On the final day of the season, four teams will go head-to-head to award a champion.

The open registration format for all qualifying events still allows amateur anglers the opportunity to compete for the SFC Champion Fish Divisions, awarding $50,000 prizes in four competitions – Bigeye Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi and Wahoo. 

“I cannot remember a more exciting time to be involved in competitive billfishing,” said Damon Sacco, Executive Director of the Atlantic Division. “The scale of SFC competition is so impressive, while the regionality of the divisions allows the league to preserve and celebrate local traditions passed down for generations in the sport.”

SFC’s championship trophy and playoffs are named after Zane Grey, the fishing icon who held numerous world records — including catching the first marlin to weigh more than 1,000 pounds. In 1998, Grey was welcomed into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.

Here’s a look at the 2024 SFC schedule:

DateTournamentDivisionLocation
May 1 – 4Hurricane Hole Louisiana OpenGulfVenice/Grand Isle, LA
May 9 – 11Salt Life Bluewater TournamentAtlanticSt. Augustine, FL
May 16 – 18East Pass ChallengeGulfDestin, FL
May 30 – June 1Walker’s Cay OpenAtlanticWalker’s Cay, Bahamas
June 6 – 8Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish ClassicGulfBiloxi, MS
June 13 – 15Alabama Offshore OpenGulfOrange Beach, AL
June 27 – 29Bay Point Billfish OpenGulfPanama City Beach, FL
July 10 – 12Oak Bluffs Bluewater ClassicAtlanticMartha’s Vineyard, MA
July 18 – 20Montauk Canyon ChallengeAtlanticMontauk, NY
July 24 – 26Tri-State Canyon ShootoutAtlanticBlock Island, RI
TBASFC Billfish Gulf ChampionshipGulfTBA
TBASFC Billfish Atlantic ChampionshipAtlanticTBA
TBASFC Zane Grey Championship PlayoffsChampionshipTBA

Select SFC tournaments will be broadcast on network TV and streamed on soon-to-launch SFC+. The broadcast schedule, dates/locations of the division championships, and date/host city of the inaugural Zane Grey Championship Playoffs will be announced shortly.

To learn more about the Sport Fishing Championship, visit www.sportfishingchampionship.com.

About Sport Fishing Championship

SFC is the largest owner and media rights holder of saltwater fishing tournaments in the world, available to watch on network TV, SFC Digital Network, YouTube social media and more. Beyond tournaments, SFC AWARDS and SFC All-Star Week are annual events celebrating the SFC community. SFC+ and its array of content offerings soon will bring fans even closer to the offshore fishing lifestyle. And in April 2024 SFC premieres season two of The Catch, an offshore fishing competition that pairs current NFL superstars with SFC star anglers.

Keep your finger on the fishing industry pulse

The Definititive News Source of the Fishing & Marine Industry