Only Way takes the brown bag in cobia tournament in Destin

Tina Harbuck
The crew aboard the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin pulled in a 69.2-pound cobia to win the brown bag tournament on Tuesday. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

With cobia making their annual run along the Emerald Coast, some of the local fishermen just couldn’t let them pass by without snagging a few.

Capt. Travis Ream of the Kitchen Pass organized what they called a “brown bag” cobia tournament this week.

“We were eager to fish, so we threw some stuff together among friends,” Ream said.

He explained the mini-tournament was basically like they used to do, where friends would get together and throw their cash in a brown bag and who ever caught the biggest fish got to take the bag.

On Tuesday, 15 area boats tossed their money in the bag and the crew aboard the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin pulled in the largest cobia, a 69.2-pounder, and took home the $5,900 bag of money.

Jonelle Bell of Fishing Fleet Marina weighed in the fish and recorded the weights.

Anglers on the Big John with Capt. Todd Allen had the second largest, a 66.9-pounder and Ream on the Kitchen Pass had the third largest, at 62.4-pounder.

Ream, who’s been cobia fishing for the last few weeks, said it appears there are more cobia this year than the last couple of years. However, there’s not as many people fishing for them due to the coronavirus and big tournament cancellations.

He said they hope to do another one of the little impromptu tournaments.

“We practice safety first. But it does help to get our minds off all the bad stuff,” he said.