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Long Weekend wins Cobia World Championships

Special to The Log

With 98 boats competing, the Long Weekend and crew were the big winners Monday night at Harbor Docks, taking home $29,472.50 in winnings in the 2017 Cobia World Championships with a 98.8-pound colossal cobia pulled in by angler Blake Nelson.

One of the largest fishing tournaments on the Gulf Coast, Cobia World Championships, presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, began March 25 and concluded with an awards dinner at Harbor Docks restaurant on Monday dishing out more than $95,000 in prize money.

Not only did the Long Weekend win the overall division with Nelson’s 98.8 pounder, but they also won the Mojo sportswear Ladies Division with a 79.1-pounder caught by Su Haven.

In the Clark Communications 29-feet and Under Division, angler Jett Tolbert of Team Coastline caught the winning cobia, 81.1 pounds. Tolbert also won first in the Donut Hole Junior Division with a 77.1-pounder.

There was only one entry in the Fly Fishing Division, which was won by Harri Hotti on Full Pull.

Team Outcast was named the Gulf Coast Yacht Group Tag & Release World Champion with 14 tags.

The complete and final standings for the 2017 Cobia World Championships are as follows:

Overall World Champion:

First: Long Weekend - Blake Nelson - 98.8 pounds.

Second: Sweet Caroline - Todd Williams - 89. pounds.

Third: Mary Lou - Rita Saunders - 88.3 pounds.

Clark Communications 29-feet & Under World Champion:

First: Team Coastline - Jett Tolbert - 81.1 pounds.

Second: Team Coastline - Jett Tolbert - 77.1 pounds.

Third: Dawn Patrol - John Tenore - 72.4 pounds.

Mojo Sportswear Ladies World Champion:

First: Long Weekend - Su Haven - 79.1 pounds.

Second: Palustris - Mickayla Burke - 72.1 pounds.

Third: Palustris - Leslie Nalty - 70.9 pounds.

Donut Hole Junior World Champion:

First: Team Coastline - Jett Tolbert - 77.1 pounds.

Second: Sweet Caroline - Luke Bilger - 74.7 pounds.

Third: Eyeced’Em - Grayson Wood - 52.6 pounds.

Fly Fishing World Champion:

First: Full Pull - Harri Hotti - 49.1 pounds.

Gulf Coast Yacht Group Tag & Release World Champion

First: Team Outcast - 14 tags

Second: Instigator - 5 tags

Third: SurReel - 5 tags

Money winners:

Long Weekend - $29,472.50

Sweet Caroline - $22,688.50

Hey Baby - $14,445

Mary Lou - $6,279

Full Pull - $5,470

Team Coastline - $5,465.67

Papi - $3,780

Dawn Patrol - $3,624.33

Only Way - $2,520

Team Outcast - $1,150

Ugly Duckling - $180

This year’s World Championships, along with Harbor Docks Frank Helton Crab Cruncher Classic, was able to raise $31,680 to go toward Harbor Docks Charity's 23rd annual Take-A-Kid Fishing day, to be held Nov. 5. The goal for this charity event is to treat 300 children to a memorable day aboard some of Destin’s finest charter boats and have every child receive their very own fishing rod and reel.