Now in its second year, the Emerald Coast Cobia Triple Crown has a new addition, the AJ’s Spring Fling.
The cobia tournament series began last year as a way to promote cobia fishing on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Included in the series were the Harbor Docks Crab Cruncher, Boshamps Flathead Classic and Outcast Cobia Invitational.
This year, AJ’s Spring Fling has been added to the lineup of three-day fishing tournaments.
“All of us here at AJ’s are very excited to be a part of the Emerald Coast Cobia Triple Crown Tournament Series,” said AJ’s Tournament Director Jim Green. “We look forward to four weekends of great competition to name this year's Cobia Triple Crown Champion.”
Winner of the Emerald Coast Triple Crown will be determined by the total points accumulated in each sanctioned tournament’s final standings, as well as any bonus points earned throughout the series.
In order to receive the tournament entry bonus points, each vessel will be required to have a base entry in all four tournaments to receive a total of 200 bonus points.
The first tournament in the Triple Crown is the Outcast Cobia Invitational slated for March 28-31 with the captain’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the 28th at Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House followed by three days of fishing. Weigh-in will be from 4-8 p.m. on the March 29 and 30 and from 4-7 p.m. on March 31.
The second leg is the Harbor Docks Crab Cruncher Classic set for April 5-8. The captain’s meeting is at 7 p.m. on April 5 with fish days on April 6-8. Scales are open at Harbor Docks from 4-8 all three fish days.
Up next is the AJ’s Spring Fling scheduled for April 12-15. The captain’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 12 followed by three days of fishing. The scales will be open from 4-8 on Friday and Saturday and then 4-6 p.m. Sunday.
The last leg of the tournament is the Destin Flathead Classic at Boshamps on April 19-22. The captain’s meeting will be at 6 p.m. on the 19th followed by fish days on April 20-22. The scales will be open daily from 4-8 p.m.
In an effort to promote conservation all tournaments will limit all of its participants to weighing one cobia per person per day and a maximum of two cobia per registered boat. Plus all tournament fish must weigh at least 45 pounds to be eligible.
The cobia also must be caught within Florida’s state water boundaries, which extend out nine nautical miles from the shoreline.
The winner of the Triple Crown last year was Charles Morgan and the crew aboard the Hey Baby, which took first and second place in the Crab Cruncher with an 83.4-pounder and a 72.1 pound cobia.
For more information about the Triple Crown, go to www.facebook.com/cobiatriplecrown.