March Comes in Like a Cobia

“With cobia fishing, we are often waiting for the day’s ‘pop,’ when for an hour or two, seemingly every boat on a particular stretch of water finds fish. Some days, there is more than one ‘pop,’ and on the best days, you just can’t get away from the fish as wave after wave migrate through.


“Just like those days, some years are better than others…”

– Eddie Morgan, Tournament Director



What’s a cobia and why should you care? Fishermen love to catch them, and locals like to eat them. The elusive cobia is also known as a ling and migrates through our area in late March through May. Most cobia are caught by sight fishing—in other words, the guys you see in the towers of boats are looking for wads of these guys migrating. The goal is to cast the live bait, usually eel, in front of the fish. Each afternoon, crowds gather on the Destin Harbor to see who caught the biggest fish, but rest assured, the rest of the fleet already knows. Cobia season means competition to these guys, and their rewards mean great dinners for the rest of us.


The 2020 Cobia World Championships kick off Friday, March 27, with a BBQ dinner on the dock of Destin’s Harbor Docks at 6 PM.


On Saturday, March 28, the tournament proper begins with daily weigh-ins through Sunday, May 3, from 4 to 8 PM. On closing day, Harbor Docks will host and awards dinner at 8 PM.


And while we’re on the subject of awards, here’s what’s up for grabs this year:


Harbor Docks Cobia World Champion

First Place – $7,500

Second Place – $2,500

Third Place – $1,500


City Produce Ladies World Champion

First Place – $500

Second and Third Place –      Prize Package


Donut Hole Junior World Champion

First Place – $500

Second and Third Place – Prize Package


Fly Fishing World Champion

First Place – $1,000

Second and Third Place – Prize Package


Tag & Release World Champion

Over $10,000 in guaranteed prizes, including tag card raffle.


Clark Communications 29’ and Under World Champion

First Place – $3,000

Second Place – $2,000

Third Place – $1,000


Prizes are based on 60 boats entered. Ten percent of proceeds from this and other tournaments—notably April’s Frank Helton Crab Cruncher Classic—benefits Harbor Docks Charities’ 26th Annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day and local nonprofit Destin Harvest.


This year’s generous tournament sponsors include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Donut Hole, La Paz Restaurant & Cantina, The Local Market, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Clark Communications, FNBT Bank, Florida Septic, Waldorff Insurance, Moe’s Original BBQ, Destin Realty, South Bay ACE Hardware, Coca-Cola, Carr Riggs & Ingram, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, City Produce, Harvard Captial, Gulf Power, Aloha Pontoon Rentals, and The Beachcomber.


Download entry forms and acquaint yourself with tournament rules at


For more information, contact Eddie Morgan at


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