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Everything You Need to Know About the Destin Cobia Tournament
| Friday, December 28, 2018

People fishing from a boat during the Destin Cobia Tournament

The Destin Cobia Tournament draws hundreds of anglers to the HarborWalk Marina in Destin each year. This month-long event challenges anglers to catch the best cobia these waters have to offer. Whether you want to enter the tournament or just watch, stay at one of our vacation rentals along scenic 30A situated close to the marina and other gems along the way! Be sure to download our free Vacation Guide to learn more and start planning your trip today!

Your Guide to Enjoying the Destin Cobia Tournament During Your Stay Along 30A

The Tournament’s Process

Once participants have registered themselves and their boat in March, the event begins. However, this contest is officially set off by the first cobia to be caught and weighed by a registered boat. This then drives a month-long competition of casting lines and reeling them in, pursuing the biggest cobia around and the sizeable cash prizes.

How Did the Tournament Get Its Name?

The tournament is named after one of the premier fish of the Gulf, the cobia. It has all the trappings of the perfect fish for sport and recreational fishing because they put up a fight, are massive in size (up to 82 pounds!) and have a photo-worthy bronze and white striped body. It’s also rare because it’s the only member of the Rachycentron canadum species. This is all not to mention that it’s also perfect for filleting and cooking. In fact, it’s considered a “Best Choice” fish when caught in the tournament’s waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

What to See and Do on the Marina

The Harborwalk Marina in Destin is full of shopping, eating, and oceanic sights for those attending the tournament or visiting during that month. Spectators can watch the cobia weigh-ins on the harbor and see tons of angler boats speckled throughout the surrounding water.  

The Scenic Route to Destin Along 30A

Beyond the sights of fishing boats and oceans, the route to the marina along 30A is a sight to see in itself. Our many rentals along scenic highway 30A vary in distance from the marina. So, hop in the car and behold pure, white sand beaches, and a host of blue hues to relax you on your drive to the Destin Cobia Tournament.

(Participating anglers can fish from Panama City to Orange Beach in search of the best cobia, but the main weigh station is in Destin.)

Stay at One of Royal Destinations’ Convenient Vacation Rentals Along 30A

Whether you’re participating in the tournament, know someone who is, or just want to see Destin and the sights along the way, book one of our conveniently located 30A rentals. You'll also have easy access to other great things to do during your springtime getaway. Check out these 30A eco-tours if you’re looking for other fun, nature-centered ideas or need ideas on what do you during your trip. Or, you may want to take in a little 30A nightlife before you head home to your vacation rental. Whatever your preferences are, 30A offers the beachfront paradise you’ve been looking for.

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