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St. Andrews Fishing Classic was started by two local commercial fisherman who are also the business owners of Buddy Gandy’s and Sea Worthy Bait.  They felt that after several years of many tournaments being lost, it was their mission and duty to give back to the community by hosting a fall family fishing tournament.  We started with the idea of a simple king mackerel tournament and a few weeks later, the idea grew to include lots of other species.  We believe in giving back and have partnered with St. Andrews Marina, Emerald Coast Big Game Fishing Club, and Hardcore Fish and Game to bring back the best local tournament to the area.  We will also be giving back to our local scholarship programs in Bay County for this tournament.  We believe in this tournament and hope to see the fishing community of St. Andrews and the surrounding areas come together to compete in the 1st ever St. Andrews Classic.

ECBGFC is a supporter of this tournament.

This is not a Club Tournament.  


Located at St. Andrews Marina in Panama City

  • Friday, October 27 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Community Welcome!  Join us for Live Music, Food Trucks & Beer, & check out our Local Vendors. 

  • This event is MANDATORY for all anglers planning to participate in this tournament. 

  • Claim your angler bags, shirts, or drawings.

  • Winners of drawings must be present to win, or will prizes will go to the next drawee.

  • Angler Meeting will begin at 7:30pm.


includes bucket for early registration or bag for regular entry, 1 draw ticket, and entry into Mystery Weight

(Credit Card processing fees have been added to the Online Entry Form)

  • EARLY ENTRY • October 5-15

    • $80 per division, per angler- includes a long sleeve performance shirt

  • REGULAR ENTRY • October 16-31

    • $100 per division, per angler - includes a St. Andrews Classic Hat


    • $20 per division, per angler - age 15 and under


per species as an overall (includes all divisions)

  • $25 • Trout, Redfish, Pompano, Whiting, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Triggerfish, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper

  • $100 • Trout, Redfish, Pompano, Whiting, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Triggerfish, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper

  • $20 • Trash Fish 


  • BOAT - Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Triggerfish, Spanish Mackerel, Trout, Redfish (Most Spots), Pompano

  • WADE / SURF - Trout, Redfish (Most Spots), Pompano, Whiting

  • PIER / BRIDGE - King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Fish (Most Spots), Pompano

  • KAYAK - King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Snapper, Trout, Redfish (Most Spots)

  • DIVING - Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Triggerfish

  • BONUS - Mystery Weight and Heavies Trash Fish (TBD).  Each division is included.


Payouts are based on participation

  • 1st Place - Winner Take All

  • 2nd Place - Winner gets Entry Fee Back


  • Friday, December 1 • 6:00 -7:00pm

  • Location TBD




Guy Ward

Phone: 850.532.9223



  1. The Common Sense Rule - This tournament was designed to bring together fisherman and women of all classes of fishing to compete in a family-fun tournament and fair playing field.  With that being said, we reverse the right to alter them at any time without notice.  To stay up-to-date with the rule, prizes, and general information, please reference the website at or our Facebook page @StAndrewsFishingClassic.

  2. Who can Enter - Anyone may enter as long as they follow FWC rules and regulations pertaining to each species and division, holding a valid Florida Fishing License.

  3. Registration & Fees -  Early registration will be October 5-15 via online registration.  Early registration fee will be $80 per angler, per division, which will comes with SAC long sleeve performance shirt.  Regular registration will be October 16-31.  Regular registration fee will be $100 per angler, per division and will include a SAC hat plus a discount of $10 off for a SAC long sleeve performance shirt.  All entry fees and optional entries must be paid in full by 8:00pm on October 27th.  Junior Division is $20 per angler, per division.

  4. Captain's Meeting - This is a mandatory meeting for all participating anglers to claim shirts, buckets, hats, or drawing prizes.  The meeting will be held at St. Andrews Marina in Panama City, starting at 6:00pm and ending at 8:00pm on October 27.  We will have on-site vendors, food trucks, beer, and live music.  We will announce the trash fish during this meeting.

  5. Payouts - Each division entry fee (up to 5 entries) will be divided equally into each division species.  This is a 1st Place Only Tournament.  2nd place will be rewarded their entry fee back. 

  6. Divisions & Species - We have created the St. Andrews Classic to Include all aspects of people's interest.  The divisions included are Boats, Pier/Bridge, Surf/Land, Kayak and Spearfishing (Diving).  Each division must be fished by its own division method. 

    • Boats - All anglers on the boat must be registered.  If you are using a boat to wade fish, your fish will only count as a boat weigh in.  All boats must be up to date with Rules & Regulation’s though USCG requirements and FWC requirements.  For boating information please go to  Species include:  Red Snapper, Triggerfish, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Fish (Most Spots), Trout, Pompano.

    • Pier / Bridge - All fish caught in this division must be hooked and landed fishing off of a bridge, pier, or dock.  There will be no teams included in this division.  Species include: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, and Red Fish (Most Spots)

    • Surf / Land - All fish landed in this division must be caught with an access by vehicle or by foot only.  Species include: Pompano, Red Fish (Most Spots), Trout, and Whiting.

    • Kayak - All fish weighted in this division must be caught and landed by use of a kayak only.  Shored landings will not be accepted.  Species include:  Red Fish (Most Spots), Trout, King Mackerel, and Red Snapper.

    • Diving - This Division was created to bring together our local divers who have a passion for spearfishing.  Entrants must spear by use of diving with pole spear, gig, or speargun.  Species include:  Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, and Lionfish.

  7. Eligible Boundaries - This tournament has boundaries.  The first boundary cuts off at Cape San Blas, St Joe, Florida.  The West Boundary includes fishing all the way west to Gulf Breeze, Florida.

  8. Weigh-Ins / Scoring - All legal fish will be weighed in from 3:00pm - 5:00pm daily.  Redfish scoring is based on the most spots per fish, not weight.  All fish weighed in must be kept by the angler.  This is the heaviest fish wins type of tournament.  Tie breakers are based on time.

  9. Weigh Station Locations - We have three weigh-in locations sponsored during the tournament.  All weigh in times will be between 3:00pm til 5:00pm daily.  All official weights will be time stamped. 

    • St. Andrews Marina in Panama City

    • Yellowfin Ocean Sports on 30a 

    • Buddy Gandy’s Seafood in Panama City - Main leader board host 

  10. Fishing Time - Tournament will begin at 12:00am on November 1 and concluded at 11:59pm on November , 2023.

  11. Eligible Fish - All fish weight in this tournament must be caught by the use of a fishing hook and line on a fishing pole with a reel, with the exception of the spearfishing division.  Bandits, longlines and spears are not permitted in this tournament unless by entry of the diving division.  Divers must use spears/gigs, polespear, or speargun.  Use of cast nets not permitted.  All fish must be weighed in whole condition.  Mutilated fish will not be accepted.  All fish must meet legal size limits.  For information of Florida Rules, Bag Limits and size please go to

  12. Optional Entries - We have created optional overall winner take all jackpots and a trash fish option.  The trash fish species will be identified at the Captain's Meeting on October 27.  Entry fee for the trash fish overall option is $20.  We also have the option to enter a $25 and $100 pot per species as an overall winner take all.  10% of the optional entries will go to the EGBGFC Scholarship Program to award a Bay County Student.  Each optional entry winner will take home remaining 90% of each total pot.

  13. Bonus Prizes - Mystery weights will be drawn and hidden until tournament concludes.  This is a bonus for each division. Fish weighed first by time and closest to the weight will be awarded a bonus prize at the end of the tournament.  Mystery weights are a free sponsored contest included with all five divisions.

  14. Schedule of Events - 

    • Early Registration will begin October 5 and end October 15 online. 

    • Regular Registration will be October 16 til 31 online.  Or in person at the Kick-off Party.

    • Kick-off Party / Captain's Meeting will be Friday, October 27 from 6:00pm til 8:00pm at St. Andrews Marina.  Everyone Welcome! 

    • Awards Ceremony will be December 1 at 6:00pm.  Location TBD.

  15. General Information - 

    • Live bait and artificial bait are allowed.

    • No cast nets allowed.

    • Angler may not use caged or confined fish for means of weighing in.

    • Polygraph - Each contestant may be required to submit to a polygraph examination at the time and location to determine by the tournament director following the end of the competition.  Failure to pass the polygraph will result in disqualification and forfeit any prizes.

    • Safety is our top priority.  Please be careful in all division with weather, other boaters, and participants.

    • Final decision that needs to be made in relation to event will be done so by the Tournament Director and Committee.

    • Release of liability and covenant not to sue - By acknowledging your entry form, all participants agree to the release of liability and before competing in the St. Andrews Fishing Classic tournament.  It is required all participants take responsibly for themselves while participating in event activities.

  16. Sportsmanship - This is all about having a good time in our Bay and Gulf, so it’s important that all anglers adhere to a high standard of sportsmanship that portrays our sports in a positive way.  Illegal drugs will not be tolerated.

  17. Have Fun - Remember winning is not something you can completely control because there is no way to play defense in this sport.  All you can control is your fishing and your attitude. SO RELAX, HAVE FUN, AND ENJOY YOUR TIME ON THE WATER!



Guy Ward

Phone: 850.532.9223



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