However, if a team does want to participate in optional categories, the action starts at just $125 and escalates to more than $50,000 if a team decides go across the board. Big fish produce big payouts, and we saw that during this year's Memorial Day Tournament. Robert Burroughs, owner of Quicktime, flirted with collecting the $1 million prize for breaking the Alabama blue marlin state record of 845 pounds. His fish came up just one yellowfin tuna breakfast shy at 808 pounds, but he does now hold the honor of catching the largest marlin in the history of the club — in addition to earning him a payout of $164,000. Last year, this hybrid-formula resulted in 1,192 anglers fishing aboard 284 boats during the club's tournaments held throughout the summer. Some were after part of the $1.6 million in cash that was paid out, while others just wanted bragging rights within the club.