Monday, June 17, 2013

Cobia Big Fish Tournament

For twenty nine years, fishermen have enjoyed the Annual Cobia Big Fish Tournament. This year, the tournament was held on June 8 and 9.  The first place prize for cobia was a whopping $6,000.  

One word: WOW!
Entry was only $125 per a boat. Entries were limited to 200 boats. 

The tournament completely filled up this year.  Make sure you register early next year! Contestants arrived at MacRae's Friday, June 7th for the captain's meeting.  

Check out this video from fishermen from at the  tournament:

Although, I did not fish the tournament, I had a lot of fun! There were many other weekend activities. On Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, MacRae's provided attendees with live music. 

The winning redfish caught by Robert Santucci

Delicious food was available all three days including a BBQ dinner, fish fry and other seafood specialties catered by Riverside Crabhouse.  

There were over twenty vendors set-up at the
Tournament Fish
tournament.  Vendors sold items such as t-shirts, coozies, ice cream, even handmade statues. 

Florida Forest Services promoted Operation Outdoor Freedom. The program, championed by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, offers free hunting opportunities to wounded veterans.  

JET supporting Florida Forest Services Operation Outdoor Freedom. 

The Crazy On Outdoors booth was by far the
JET with Crazy On Outdoors 
most popular booth. Everywhere you looked people were saying and wearing, 

"Getcha crazy on." 

People showed up at the event via boat, car, truck, golf cart or walked! 

Crazy On Outdoors competitive fishing team

There are two hotels to stay at that are within walking distance of the tournament, MacRae's and Riverside Resort.

JET with locals getting photo bombed.
If you missed it this year, make sure you participate in next year's tournament! 

It is fun for adults and children.  You will get a genuine "Old Florida" experience. 

Congratulations to this year's winners:

2013 Cobia Tournament Platinum Sponsors:
Citrus County Chronicle
Crystal Automotive Group

JET with the Sheldon Palmes Insurance vintage vehicle

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