Cobia update and tournaments on tap
Cobia tournaments abound in the Destin area. Here is a list of the leaders in the various tournaments as of Friday morning.
Cobia World Championships
Overall World Champion
1 – Papi, Michael Toscano, 71.4 pounds
2 - Mary Lou, Rick Derek, 68.4
3 - Gag Reflex, Russ Stewart, 67.0
28-feet and Under World Champion
1 - Tight Line Charters, Ryan Hugghins, 61.0
2 - Jacked Up, Cody Garland, 57.0
3 - Shutter Up, Wayne Harris, 52.9
Ladies World Champion
1 - Papi, Dawn Lee Kincaid, 64.7
2 - Fish N Teem, Michelle Porter, 45.1
1 - Sea Fix, Greyson Blackburn, 41.7
Most Cobia 50 Pounds and Over
Full Pull, four fish
All other divisions and places are currently vacant.
Destin Cobia Tournament
1 – Gag Reflex, Larry Lemieux, 67
2 – Full Pull, Chris Wagner, 59.8
3 – Instigator, Josh Redding, 59.4
30-feet and Under Division
1 – Jacked Up, Cody Garland, 57.0
2 – Big Forks, Jamie Wilson, 47.2
3 - Decoy, Howell Phelps, 39.9
1 – Fish N Teem, Michelle Porter, 45.5
Sea Fix, Greyson Blackburn, 41.8
Other tournaments on the horizon include:
BluewaterBayMarina 20th Annual Cobia Tournament
•Captains meeting: 6:30 p.m., March 30 at L.J. Schooners Dockside Restaurant and Oyster Bar.
•Entry fees: $150 for small boat division (29-feet and under), and $300 for open division (30-feet and above).
•Tournament dates: April 1 - 30.
•Weigh-in: Daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the marina.
•Awards ceremony: 6:30 p.m., May 4 at L.J. Schooners Dockside Restaurant and Oyster Bar.
Hog’s Breath 15th Annual Cobia Shootout
•Captains meeting: 6:30 p.m., April 2, at Hog’s Breath Café.
•Entry fee: $650 per boat on April 2.
•Tournament dates: April 3-4.
•Weigh-in: Daily from 6-8 p.m. behind Hog’s Breath.
Crab Cruncher Classic
•Captains meeting: 7 p.m., April 9 at Harbor Docks.
•Entry fee: $750.
•Tournament dates: April 9-12.
•Weigh-in: 4-8 p.m. at Harbor Docks.
•Awards ceremony: Awards brunch is at 10 a.m., April 13 at Harbor Docks.
•10 percent of all proceeds are taken out for Take-A-Kid Fishing Day in November.
Miller Lite Invitational
AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar
•Captains meeting/Kickoff party: April 15 at AJ's, time TBA.
•Tournament dates: April 16-18.
•Entry fees: Early registration is $750 and $850 after April 5.
•Awards: April 19 at AJ’s.
Red Stripe Final F'Ling
AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar and Outcast Tackle of Pensacola
•Captains meeting/Kickoff party: April 24 at AJ's, time TBA.
•Tournament dates: April 25-26.
•Entry fees: Early registration is $500 and $600 after April 19.
•Awards: April 26 at AJ’s.