Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 Edisto Cobia Tournament - Results

Winning Angler Jake Tyner and Cold Beer crew
 Rally Reynolds, Cal Young, Capt. Dillard Young and Eddie Adkins

The 2nd Annual Cobia Tournament at Edisto Beach weathered some strict cobia regulation changes in 2016, seeing boat participation drop to just nine entries.  Five boats brought cobia to the scales during the 5 p.m. weigh-in at the Marina at Edisto Beach, and a small crowd of vacationers were on hand to welcome them. Congrats to Team Cold Beer for taking first place when angler Jake Tyner and his 42.6-pound cobia put the victory on ice.
Team Cold Beer arrives at the Marina at Edisto Beach
On May 2 the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) announced a Catch and Release only policy in state waters for May, which hurt angler recruitment for the tournament. Anglers could still fish for cobia in federal waters beginning three miles offshore, but an iffy wind forecast for May 14 kept prudent anglers in small boats from fishing.  SCDNR did have a presence on the docks including a game warden, and a team of biologists gathering cobia tissue samples.

Capt. and 2nd place angler Ron Davis with crew
Team Cold Beer is based out of Edisto Watersports on Edisto Beach, and they were fishing in a 25-foot Sea Pro boat. The official start time for fishing lines to be in the water was 6 a.m. and Team Cold Beer was fishing offshore for cobia not long after that. The early rising paid off when Tyner boated the winning cobia at 8 a.m. for Captain Dillard Young. Their first place pay day of $1080 was a sweet way to end the day for crewmembers Cal Young, Eddie Adkins and Rally Reynolds.

To read this feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

For past blog entries on S.C. cobia click on Fly and Light Tackle - Gamefish status - state record

To view past blog entries on Migratory dolphin off S.C. click 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 20112010 - 2009 - 2007

3rd place for youth angler Keelie Summers

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