Destin Cobia Tournament dishes out $37,000-plus

Long Weekend big winner with big fish

Tina Harbuck

The crew aboard the Long Weekend were the big winners Wednesday night pulling in more than $10,000 in cash and awards at the 20th annual Destin Cobia Tournament awards banquet held upstairs at Harry T’s at HarborWalk Village.

Blake Nelson, fishing aboard the Long Weekend, pulled in a 98.7-pound cobia for first place overall. The Long Weekend also had the largest fish caught by a lady, a 79.7-pounder caught by Su Haven.

The Long Weekend crew also won the award for the Top Five Largest cobia caught during the month-long tournament. They weighed in an aggregate of 366.9 pounds of cobia.

Capt. Daniel Bilger and the crew aboard the Sweet Caroline were also big winners Wednesday, taking home more than $7,000 in prizes. Todd Williams, aboard the Sweet Caroline, had the second largest fish overall, an 89.3-pounder. The Sweet Caroline also won in three of the Calcutta’s betting pools.

Bringing in the third largest cobia overall was Rita Sanders with an 88.4 pounder fishing aboard the Mary Lou with Capt. Rusty Gilbert. The Mary Lou also won one of the Super Saturday’s with a 74.5 pounder caught by Darren Jones. They also won money in the Calcutta’s.

First place overall in the 30-feet and under boat division was Capt. John Tenore and Capt. Alex Hare fishing on the Dawn Patrol with a 72.3-pounder.

Second place in the 30-feet and under category was Clint Moreland with a 65.6 pounder caught on the Emerald Coast Outfitters.

Third went to Erick Wilson on the Decoy with a 60.5 pound cobia.

Taking home second place in the Ladies Division was Jesse Price with a 65-pound cobia reeled in on the Makaria with Capt. B.J. Teems.

In the Junior Division, 12-year-old Wyatt Lanier took first place honors with a 58.4 pounder caught aboard the Sea Fix with Capt. Phillip Blackburn.

The crew aboard the Full Pull with Capt. Chris Wagner and Capt. Andy Block took home more than $6,000 in prizes. They had the most cobia over 50 pounds, with 680.8 pounds of fish. Tyler Jenkins, aboard the Full Pull, won one of the Super Saturday’s with a 74.8-pounder. They also had the first fish of the tournament, a 58.4-pounder caught by Glenn Hines.

The SurReel had the biggest cobia on Super Saturday to win a weekend and the overall. It was an 84.8-pouder pulled in by Andrew Johnson. However, they didn’t keep all their fish, they won first place in the Tag and Release division with eight tags.

Taking home other awards were Capt. Cody Gray and Johnny King, fishing aboard the Lucky Dog, third in the 1,000 Calcutta.

Missy Schofield, fishing aboard the No Alibi, won on a Super Saturday with a 63.3-pounder.

Stan Price on the Long Weekend won the Joel Knight Memorial Award.