The Big Bend Saltwater Classic

A Brief History of OAR's No. 1 Fund-Raiser

In 1989, OAR launched a tournament series to raise funds for its reef development program. This year, hundreds of fishing families in North Florida will participate in the Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic (BBSC), the largest professionally run fishing tournament in the Florida Big Bend Gulf Coast.

By 1991, the BBSC had become too large for OAR to operate alone. Therefore, auxiliary nonprofit agencies serving the North Florida community were invited to help run the event in exchange for a share of the proceeds.

Today, the tournament is under the direct control of a non-paid board of directors and is incorporated as The Big Bend Saltwater Classic Foundation, Inc.

The Classic may be the fastest growing tournament in Florida, if not the entire Southeast. Since its first year (1989), participation in the Classic has jumped nearly 375 percent. The tournament now ranks among the top six saltwater fishing tournaments, in terms of numbers of participants, in Florida, according to Florida Sportsman magazine.

The tournament's first headquarters was Shields Marina in St. Marks, Florida. Since 1991, the tournament has been held on Father's Day Weekend and headquartered in Carrabelle, Florida.

Past program covers

2011 | 23rd Annual 2011 | 23rd Annual 2009 | 21st Annual 2009 | 21st Annual 2008 | 20th Annual 2008 | 20th Annual
2007 | 19th Annual 2007 | 19th Annual 2006 | 18th Annual
2006 | 18th Annual
2005 | 17th Annual 2005 | 17th Annual
2004 | 16th Annual 2004 | 16th Annual 2003 | 15th Annual 2003 | 15th Annual 2002 | 14th Annual 2002 | 14th Annual
2001 | 13th Annual 2001 | 13th Annual 2000 | 12th Annual 2000 | 12th Annual 1999 | 11th Annual 1999 | 11th Annual
1998 | 10th Annual 1998 | 10th Annual 1997 | 9th Annual 1997 | 9th Annual 1996 | 8th Annual 1996 | 8th Annual
1995 | 7th Annual 1995 | 7th Annual 1994 | 6th Annual 1994 | 6th Annual 1993 | 5th Annual 1993 | 5th Annual
1992 | 4th Annual 1992 | 4th Annual 1991 | 3rd Annual 1991 | 3rd Annual 1990 | 2nd Annual 1990 | 2nd Annual
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Big Bend Saltwater Classic

Father's Day weekend 2017

OAR 2017 Membership Drive

Membership Drive - 17 June 2-5pm at Shield's Marina in St. Marks

OAR Monthly Board Meetings

4th Thursdays at 6 pm
2545 Blairstone Pines Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32301

OAR Research Divers and Reef Deployments

OAR is looking for EXPERIENCED DIVERS for the Volunteer Research Dive Team. The class will meet 5 times and there will be 2 days of check off dives, inshore and offshore. This is technical diving. Contact 850-656-2114 oar@oarreefs.org if you are interested.