It’s that time of year and anglers are getting antsy to catch a cobia. Here’s a look at some of the various tournaments that will center around the elusive lemonfish, ling or as folks call it in this neck of the woods … crab cruncher.

 

21st annual Destin Cobia Tournament

HarborWalk Marina

• Captains Party: 6 p.m., March 12 at Emerald Grande Ballroom.

• Entry fees: $500 for overall division and $250 for 30-feet and under boats.

• Tournament dates: This tournament begins when the first registered boat brings in a cobia caught off the beach and ends on April 30.

• Weigh-in: Daily at HarborWalk Marina. Scales close at 7 p.m.

• Awards: May 3 at Harry T’s.

 

Cobia World Championships

Harbor Docks

• Captains Party: 6 p.m., March 22 at Harbor Docks.

• Entry fees: $400, $200 for 29-foot and under boats.

• Tournament dates: March 23 – May 6.

• Weigh-in: 4-8 p.m. daily at Harbor Docks

• Awards Party: 6 p.m., May 7 at Harbor Docks.

 

Crab Cruncher Classic

Harbor Docks

• Captains meeting/Kickoff party: 7 p.m. April 5.

• Entry fees: $750.

• Tournament dates: April 6-8.

• Weigh-in: 4-8 p.m. at Harbor Docks.

• Awards party: 6 p.m., April 9.

 

AJ’s Spring Fling Cobia Tournament

AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

• Captains meeting/Kickoff party: 6:30 p.m., April 12 at AJ’s.

• Entry fee: $500 before April 10, $600 thereafter.

• Tournament dates: April 13-15.

• Weigh-in: 4-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4-6 p.m. on Sunday.

• Awards ceremony: Approximately an hour after the last fish is weighed on Sunday at AJ’s.

 

Destin Flathead Classic

Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House

• Captains meeting/Kickoff party: 6 p.m., April 19 at Boshamps.

• Entry fee: $500, with Calcutta options of $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000.

• Tournament dates: April 20-22.

• Weigh-in: 4-8 p.m. daily behind Boshamps on the harbor.

• Awards ceremony: April 22 at Boshamps, approximately 8:30 p.m.