Cobia World Championships to add a twist to 2013 competition

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 01:42 PM.

“Most of the best cobia fishermen in the world fish are out of either Destin or Pensacola,” Morgan said. “Adding a scale at Outcast allows more of those fishermen to compete against each other for the right to be the World Champion.”

The 2013 Cobia World Championships will kick off on at 6 p.m. March 22 at Harbor Docks Restaurant, the first day of fishing will follow on March 23 and the tournament will end May 5.

A representative for the Cobia World Championships will be in Pensacola at Outcast’s tournament kickoff party on March 21 to register boats wishing to fish the tournament.

Along with the new S.U.P. World Championship division, boats may also compete for the Overall World Championships, Ladies World Championships, Donut Hole Junior World Championships, Most fish Caught 50 Pounds and Over, and a division for smaller vessels, the 28’ and Under World Championships.

Harbor Docks Restaurant will also serve host to the Crab Cruncher Classic cobia tournament.

The weekend tournament will take place at Harbor Docks from April 11 through April 14 with top cobia fishing teams converging on the Destin Harbor to compete for a total purse well over $200,000.

The Cobia World Championships and Crab Cruncher Classic serve as Harbor Docks Charities’ main fundraisers for their 19th Annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day, held Sunday, Nov. 3.

In 2012, the tournaments combined to pay out over $155,000 in cash and prizes and raised over $15,000 for the 18th Annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day.

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