OUTDOORS

Only Way wins in a big way

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Angler Chris Raim, left, accepts the award for landing the largest cobia in the Cobia World Championships. From left are Raim, Capt. Curt Gwin of the Only Way and tournament director Eddie Morgan.

Out of a field of 87 boats entered, the crew aboard the Only Way cleaned up big in the Cobia World Championships at Harbor Docks.

The Only Way took first place overall with a 93.2-pounder caught by Chris Raim. The boat, captained by Curt Gwin, also took second in the Junior World Championships with a 59.5-pounder pulled in by Jake Keiper, and they placed first in the Fat Four with a total weight of 305.5-pounds of cobia. Their poundage of cobia reeled in $16,057.50.

The tournament awarded $66,000 paid out to 14 different boats at the awards party last weekend at Harbor Docks.

Here is a list of the final results from the Cobia World Championships.

Overall

1 - Only Way, Chris Raim, 93.2.

2 - Sweet Caroline, Greg Oswalt, 83.3

3 - Sure Lure, Bryan Burch, 83.1

Womens

1 - Sure Lure, Pam Dana, 76.3

2 - The Defense Rests, 73.3

3 - Fish Tales, Cathi Wagner, 66.8

28-feet and Under

1 - Miss Aubie, Annette Taunton, 73.2

2 - Jacked Up, Cody Garland, 71.4

3 - Upper Hand, Kimbo Wallace, 70.15

Juniors

1 - Big Forks, Philip Gwynn III, 66.7

2 - Only Way, Jake Keiper, 59.5

3 - Coastline Tree, Alex Jorgensen, 59.4

Most Cobia 50 Pounds and Over

Full Pull - 22 fish

Fat Four

1 - Only Way, 305.5

2 - Full Pull, 284.8

3 - Up To It, 282

Top Money Boats

Full Pull - $16,374

Only Way - $16,057.50

Sweet Caroline - $9,235.50

Sure Lure - $6,169.50

The Defense Rests - $5,490

Up To It - $5,346

Miss Aubie - $2,262.50

Papi - $1,980

The Cobia World Championships and the Crab Cruncher Classic combined raised more than $20,000 for Take-A-Kid Fishing Day to be held in November.