The 2016 Destin Flathead Classic recently wrapped up its final day with a record breaking fish setting a new standard for the annual competition. DeeDee Phillips, with help from the crew aboard the Blanchita, reeled in a staggering 96.6-pound cobia on Saturday morning―blowing her previous 40 pound personal record out of the water. Oddly enough, the fish was found swimming alone and was almost mistaken for a shark because of its size. Phillips recounted the tale on the docks at the weigh in, saying the almost 100-pounder took 45 exhausting minutes to reel in and net. Not only did Phillips take first place for largest fish caught, but the Blanchita itself also took first place for the Big Three, with three fish weighing in for a grand total of 228.9 pounds! Phillips was humble though, insisting that she couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the crew.
After the weigh in, all the competitors and spectators alike settle in to celebrate at Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House, the restaurant that hosted the event. The 2016 Destin Flathead Classic benefits the Austin Lacey Fund, a noble cause that is always accepting donations, in and out of cobia season.
Over 130 cobia were reeled in over the span of the four day long competition but there are still plenty more fish to be caught out on the charter boat Backlash! Cobia tend to stay close to the surface of the water, only diving to swim with stingrays and leatherback turtles. So whether you’re a seasoned veteran of fishing or an onlooker who is just along for the ride, there’s plenty to see and do. The state record cobia was caught right here in Destin, weighing in at a whopping 130.1 pounds, so we recommend bringing a couple friends to help reel in the lunkers!
The weather this weekend is going to be perfect for getting some fishing in as well as some quality time with friends and family. Here at Destin Offshore Charters, the Backlash crew would be more than happy to share in those happy moments. So come aboard and get your sea-legs, enjoy some good company while you fish the legendary cobia of Destin, Florida. And don’t forget to mention cobia when booking a trip to take advantage of our seasonal specials. Don’t let this opportunity be the one that got away!
See y’all on the water!