Spring is Cobia Season along the Emerald Coast, and anglers and boat captains have been patrolling the shoreline in search of this long, and incredibly powerful fish. Cobia, which can grow to be up to 135 pounds migrate east to west along the sugar white sand beaches of the Florida Panhandle every year. Cobia can be caught by spinning, plug casting, bottom fishing, and trolling. During March and April, you’ll see plenty of Cobia fishing boats trolling along the beach in search of fish, bragging rights, and cash.
The Destin Cobia World Fishing Tournament began in March and runs through the end of May. The Destin World Cobia Fishing Tournament draws some of the best and most competitive Cobia fisherman. This year, the tournament added a separate weigh- in station in Pensacola. Anglers can now weigh their catch behind Harbor Docks in Destin or Outcast Bait and Tackle in Pensacola.
In addition to the new weigh in station, tournament directors added a new category for cobia caught aboard a stand-up paddle board. The angler who lands the biggest Cobia from their board will win a new BOTE Board. Seeing that these fish like to put up a fight, the SUPB division will make for some great “fish tales”.
The Destin World Fishing Tournament is a fundraiser for Harbor Docks’ charity, Take A Kid Fishing. Every November, many of the charter boat captains donate their time and boats to take kids who never get out on the water on a fishing adventure.
Last year, The Destin World Fishing Tournament paid out more than $155,000 in cash and prize and raised $15,000 for Take A Kid Fishing Day. Currently, Captain Curt Gwinn, and The Only Way tops the leader board with a 93.2 pound fish.
The inaugural Boshamps Destin Flathead Classic kicks off April 22-April 28th.
AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar hosts Red Stripe Final F’Ling April 27-28.
There’s still time to get in on the action, so grab your gear and get fishing!
Photo Credit: The Destin Log