Approximately 200 of the most notorious cobia fisherman along the Gulf Coast migrated to the 27th Annual Outcast, Fishing and Hunting store’s, Cobia Classic Captain’s meeting last night.
The event took place at Sanders Beach Community Center, as it does each year. That is the perfect place to allow for everyone to bring their families.
There was a lot of talk about boats, what category of entry and optional cash awards was going to be made, who is fishing with whom and talk of what fish have been seen from Panama City, Florida to Gulf Shores, Alabama.
The evening marked the return of the Cobia Cup. The boat, Full Pull won it last year with an aggregate weight of 163.70 pounds. They have won it a number of times, and mentioned to me jokingly, that they were wondering if they could just keep it at their office instead of bringing it back.
The catering was provided by Sam’s Seafood and Steaks, a longtime partner of Outcast’s. Shrimp, crawfish, coleslaw, dirty rice, corn and potatoes kept everyone’s mouths full while the tournament rules were reviewed.
Although it is a tough competition, camaraderie and partnership play out during this tournament — for the most part. Outcast, Harborwalk Marina Destin Cobia Tournament and Harbor Docks Cobia World Championship all know that if you are fishing one Cobia tournament you are going to fish the other, so they have partnered to register boats and weigh fish for each other. That makes it convenient for each angler.
They gave away cobia rods, Costa Del Mar glasses, a beautiful cobia sculpture and a large Big Green Egg.
Tommy Holmes, owner of Outcast Fishing and Hunting, always puts on a great event to kick off the Pensacola cobia tournament season.
27th Annual Outcast Cobia Classic
WHEN: Thursday, March 27 – Wednesday, April 30
ADDRESS: 3520 Barrancas Ave, Pensacola