Full Pull crew pulls in big fish, big money in Destin Cobia Tournament

TINA HARBUCK
Capt. Chris Wagner of the Full Pull gaffs the winning cobia, an 88.9-pounder reeled in by Leland Roberts of Georgia. The cobia was swimming with a 52-pound fish that was also landed the same day.

Not only did the crew aboard the Full Pull reel in the first cobia of the season, but they hauled in the largest as well, an 88.9-pounder, to walk away as the big winners in the 2015 Destin Cobia Tournament at HarborWalk Marina.

For their efforts across the 45-day tournament, Capt. Chris Wagner and Capt. Andy Block on the Full Pull, pulled in more than $16,000 in prize money at Wednesday evenings awards banquet on the upper deck at Harry T’s.

Finland angler Harri Hotti landed the first cobia of the season, a 54.6-pounder, while fishing with Capt. Wagner on March 16 to get the ball rolling.

But the largest to hit the docks was an 88.9-pounder pulled in by Leland Roberts.

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The Full Pull crew also won big in the Super Saturday’s, the calcutta’s, plus they had the most cobia over 50 pounds — 15 fish.

But they didn’t catch them all in just a couple of days. The Full Pull fished hard throughout the tournament.

“We’re very blessed and lucky to do what we do,” said Capt. Wagner. “We do air-conditioning work for a living … we do this for fun.”

During the cobia run, Wagner and Block swap off during the week running the boat and on the weekends they get to fish together.

“We caught maybe 40 fish this season,” Wagner said. “As far as numbers go, it’s been a terrible season. I haven’t ever seen it this bad.”

Wagner said he can recall when they used to go out cobia fishing and would see 15 to 16 fish a day.

“We never saw double digits this year,” he said, noting Block saw eight one day.

“I can remember back in 1999 I caught five myself in one week that were over 80 pounds and they weren’t worth a dime,” Wagner said, noting they weren’t big enough to get on the leaderboard.

But on Wednesday night, the Full Pull’s 88.9-pound did the trick, earning them first place overall.