Emerald Coast Open
The Emerald Coast Open (ECO) is the largest lionfish tournament in the world! In 2019, ECO had 189 participants and removed 19,167 lionfish throughout the tournament – 14,119 in 3 days! ECO gave away $48,000 in cash prizes, and over $10,000 in gear prizes. We are looking forward to an exciting 2023 tournament!
February 1 – May 18, 2023
May 19-20, 2023
Win big money and big prizes! Each team of up to 4 can go out for 2 days and harvest lionfish. Final weigh-in is Sunday, May 21, 2023. You don’t have to be a professional, but you do have to sign up and get out on the water! You can’t win if you don’t compete!
Countdown to Emerald Coast Open Tournament!
Full Schedule for the 2023 Emerald Coast Open
Early Bird Registration Begins - Jan 01, 2023
Get your discounted Emerald Coast Open registration! It’s only $75 until March 31st, then it will go up to $100.
Pre-Tournament Begins - Feb 01, 2023
Start racking up those raffle entries! Between Feb 1 – May 18, registered participants can turn in lionfish at designated drop off spots for 2 for 1 raffle entries. For every lionfish you turn in, you get 2 raffle entries for over $10,000 in prizes given away at the main tournament.
Pre-Tournament Kickoff Party - Feb 3, 2023
1835 Porch Bar –200 Harbor Blvd. Destin, Florida 32541
Don’t miss out on the Pre-Tournament kickoff party. Free food, including lionfish, giveaways, live music, and a lot of “sizing up the competition”. Learn what’s in store for the 2023 Emerald Coast Open. Party starts at 6pm and goes to around 9pm
Pre-Tournament Ends - May 18, 2023
This is the last day to turn in lionfish for 2 for 1 raffle entries.
Main Tournament Begins - May 19-20, 2023
Get in on all the action of Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament! Compete with the best lionfish hunters in the world for the most, the largest, and even the smallest lionfish. Largest cash prize pool ever!
ECO Lionfish Festival - May 19-20, 2023
Bring the family down to the famed HarborWalk Village in Destin for a great weekend and learn about lionfish, see lionfish, and even eat lionfish!
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Emerald Coast Open Awards Ceremony - May 21, 2023
This is the big moment! Win big prizes and lots of cash. Ceremony typically starts around 3:00pm (as soon as we finish counting fish).
Pre-Tournament Drop Off Locations
If you are participating in the pre-tournament and do not see a drop-off location near you, or would like to become a drop-off location, please contact Alex Fogg at (443) 995-6416.
Dewey Destin's Navarre
Dive Pros Dive Shop
Shark Quest Dive Shop
Register to Participate!
Anyone can win prizes at the Emerald Coast Open! Shoot for the biggest or the smallest for a chance to win BIG (Hint: the more you shoot during the pre-tournament the more prizes you can win!)