Cobia tournaments canceled

Tina Harbuck
Christina Ward shows off her 79-pound cobia caught in the Cobia World Championships at Harbor Docks last year. She won the Junior Division with this fish caught aboard the Itchy Trigger. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

Usually with March and April comes a flood of cobia tournaments for the Destin area as that’s when the elusive ling makes its migration along the Emerald Coast.

But instead this year, we have a flood of unanswered questions with coronavirus surrounding us.

At the end of last week Harbor Docks Restaurant, who host the Cobia World Championships each year, was tossing around the idea of still holding the tournament but making it just a tag and release event, according to Eddie Morgan of Harbor Docks.

They were going to do the captain’s meeting online through Facebook Live this Friday.

But on Monday they made a call.

“Canceled. Too many obstacles,” Morgan said.

So the Cobia World Championships as well as the Crab Cruncher, both held at Harbor Docks, have been canceled for 2020.

As for the Destin Cobia Tournament held at HarborWalk Marina and the Spring Fling at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, both tournaments have been canceled as well.

The Flathead Classic, set to take place in mid-April at Boshamps, is still up in the air.

Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House closed its doors last week until further notice due to the coronavirus. So with the restaurant being closed, tournament plans are unsure for now, according to Miller Phillips of Boshamps.