Cobia World Championships to add a twist to 2013 competition

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 08:29 AM.

DESTIN — Cobia fishing’s premier tournament, the Cobia World Championships, is adding a new twist for 2013.

The tournament, which has taken place at Destin’s Harbor Docks Restaurant for over 20 years, has partnered with Bote Boards, to introduce a Stand-Up Paddle Board Division.

The angler who lands the largest cobia on a paddle board during the tournament will be awarded a new BOTE Board donated by the Destin store.

“Fishing on S.U.P.s is rapidly increasing in our area, and across the nation,” said Eddie Morgan, tournament director. “Since cobia migrate just off the beach in our waters, they are a perfect species to target on a paddle board.

"Catching a large one on a board will be quite the challenge, but people are catching sailfish on them, so why not cobia?”

The Cobia World Championships is also announcing a partnership with Pensacola’s Outcast Bait & Tackle, thus allowing boats fishing the tournament to weigh their catch at the Pensacola tackle shop.

Traditionally, boats have been required to weigh their catch at the official weigh station at Harbor Docks, essentially making the tournament exclusive to Destin boats.

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