2021 Standings

Total Lionfish Removed!

1st Place Most Lionfish – Florida Man

1st Place Largest Lionfish  – Bottom Time

1st Place Smallest Lionfish – In The Clouds

Emerald Coast Open

2021 Standings

After somewhat of a break for an international pandemic, the Emerald Coast Open was back in full swing this year. This year we had 145 tournament participants from around Florida, the US, and even Canada.

 A bit of wind on both coasts kept the boats and teams from maximizing their time on the water, and really put a hurting on invasive lionfish. But have no fear. They will be hunted until next year when our brave ocean warrors will once again compete in the largest of competitions, the best of the best… The Emerald Coast Open

See you next year!

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Most Lionfish

 

Place Team Name Number of Fish
1st Place Florida Man 1,371
2nd Place Stamps 822
3rd Place In The Clouds 565
4th Place Big Blue 536
5th Place

Poseidon’s Wingman

 

485
6th Place Under Pressure Divers 446

Biggest Lionfish

Place Team Name Size
     
1st Place Bottom Time

440mm

2nd Place Florida Man 438mm
3rd Place Hookshot 432mm
4th Place All Riled Up 431mm
5th Place Spearit 43omm
6th Place Stamps 427mm

Smallest Lionfish

Place Team Name Smallest
     
1st Place In The Clouds 41mm
2nd Place Down-N-Out 62mm
3rd Place Deepwater Mafia 68mm
4th Place All Riled Up 79mm
5th Place Florida Man 82mm
6th Place Stamps 87mm

Total Standings by Team

Place Team Name Number of Fish
1 Florida Man 1,371
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Stamps

 

822
3 In The Clouds 565
4 Big Blue 536
5 Poseidon’s Wingman 485
6 Under Pressure Divers 446
7 Deep Water Mafia 353
8 All Riled Up 308
9 Down-N-Out 308
10 Emerald Coast Scuba 288
11 Parkerized 268
12 Bottom Time 245
13 Reef Reapers 234
14 Shark Quest 198
15 Spearit 190
16 Hookshot-Gambler-Johnson 188
17 Ocean Strike Team 154
18 Reef Cleaner 124
19 Sons of Neptune 97
20 Intrepid – Two Girls 86
21 85th 86
22 Krazy Fish 83
23 Rafe 55
24 AWOL 54
25 Apex Spearfishing 16
26 Fish-N-Chips 11
26 Killer C’s 5
27 Reef Reapers 2 3
28 Killer B’s 2
29 Jolly Roger 1
30 Non-Registered Catch 163
2-day Total Lionfish Removed 7,745

Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament Removes More than 10,000 Lionfish

May 18, 2021 (Okaloosa County, Fla.) The Emerald Coast Open, the world’s largest lionfish tournament, returned to Destin, Florida May 14-16, 2021 removing an astounding 7,745 lionfish in the two-day period. This is in addition to the 2,505 lionfish removed during the pre-tournament competition, which kicked off on February 1, 2021 and ended with the main event headquartered at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar along the famed Harbor Boardwalk. In total 10,250 lionfish were removed.

Locally-based scuba divers, as well as those from around the country and even as far as Canada, descended on Destin for the tournament, which is hosted by Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Over 50 volunteers from organizations such as Reef Environmental Education Foundation, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station and Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center assembled to man the tournament and surrounding festival. Volunteer duties, which were overseen by FWC and Sea Grant, included tallying the catches of the 145 individual hunters that competed for over $48,000 in cash prizes and $25,000 in gear prizes.

The winning team, Florida Man, a Destin-based dive charter, DreadKnot defended their title by landing an astounding 1,371 in just 2 days and won the $10,000 top prize for Most Lionfish. The Largest Lionfish prize of $5,000 was awarded to team Bottom Time who brought in a lionfish that was 440 mm, or 17.32 inches. The Smallest Lionfish, which also commanded a $5,000 prize, was 41mm, or 1.61 inches was caught by team Into the Clouds and was the smallest lionfish caught in Emerald Coast Open history.

Standings:

Most Lionfish

Florida Man

1,371

Stamps

822

In the Clouds

565

Big Blue

536

Poseidon’s Wingman

485

Under Pressure Divers

446

Largest Lionfish

Millimeters

Inches

Bottom Time

440mm

17.32in

Florida Man

438mm

17.24in

Hookshot

432mm

17.01in

All Riled Up

431mm

16.97in

Spearit

430mm

16.93in

Stamps

427mm

16.81in

Smallest Lionfish

Millimeters

Inches

In the Clouds

41mm

1.61in

Down-N-Out

62mm

2.44in

Deepwater Mafia

68mm

2.68in

All Riled Up

79mm

3.11in

Florida Man

82mm

3.23in

Stamps

87mm

3.43in

For more information, visit EmeraldCoastOpen.com or Facebook.com/EmeraldCoastOpen

For information about Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, visit FWCReefRangers.com

About Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

www.destinfwb.com

Captivating sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green waters await in Destin-Fort Walton Beach. Located in Northwest Florida, the destination is not only an ideal place to unwind and experience total relaxation along a 20-mile stretch of beach, but to uncover the adventurous side within. The family-friendly locale offers an environment of discovery to play and explore, inviting kids to get on the water and give their adventurous side room to grow. Visitors enjoy pristine beaches, Gulf-to-Table seafood, abundant watersport activities, championship golf, lively nightlife, and numerous attractions, festivals and events designed to thrill all ages.

Media Contacts:

Stacey Young
Community & Media Relations Strategist (850) 606-5389
(850) 420-5023
SLYoung@MyOkaloosa.com

Alex Fogg
Coastal Resource Manager (850) 609-5394
afogg@myokaloosa.com

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2021

By the Numbers

Lionfish Removed

Tournament Participants

7,500

Festival Attendance

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