Dr. Ken Neill, III (left) of the PSWSFA and Mike Hanna (right), managing partner Dare Marina present Dr. John Graves of VIMS with a $11,000 check from the Cobia Bowl to aid in cobia research.
The recent Cobia Bowl was a tournament designed to help increase our knowledge of cobia and Virginia’s cobia fishery. The event was held by the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association and hosted by Dare Marina and Yacht Sales.
Each cobia that was brought in was examined by scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Genetic samples were collected, the fish were examined to see how close to spawning they were and stomach contents were analyzed. The fish were cleaned and donated to a very grateful food bank. The fish carcasses were donated to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s Sportfish Collection Project for further study.
The tournament had a total cash payout of $43,800 to the anglers. The Cobia Bowl raised $11,000 to help support cobia research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
This was only possible due to the 125 boats who fished the tournament and the very supportive tournament sponsors:
Platinum: Dare Marina & Yacht Sales, Multi-Print Inc., Thomas E Wilson Insurance Agency/Rachel Nelson, Costa Sunglasses, Tradition Brewing Co., Prism Painting of Williamsburg, Dr. K. E. Neill, FIRST STRIKE PREMIUM BAIT, Wanchese Fish Company, POMOCO AUTO GROUP, Grafton Fishing Supply, Green Top Sporting Goods, Superior Tire and Auto, Bull Island Anglers Club, Hunter Mechanical, Douglas Aquatics, Aubrey's Landscaping and Tree Service, Teagle Insurance Agency, Inc./Glen Davenport, Anthony Martin Dentistry
Gold: Wayne Harbin Builder, Inc., Moubray & Company, Parks Orthodontics, Sandman Marine Services, Randy Blanchard, MD and Peter Vonu, MD/Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads, Tow Boat U.S., Dare Deli & Steamhouse, Water Street Grill/Riverwalk, Bowed Up Lures, Captain Jordan Studio, Mark Irwin State Farm, Southern Plumbing & Heating Supply, Tidewater Roofing
Silver: Seaford Scallop Company, Dr. Guy Harvey, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Sport Fishing Magazine, Wilcox Bait & Tackle, Bishop Fishing Supply, Rudees Inlet Station Marina, Sinkerman’s Wholesale Sinkers & Lures, Pop’s Drive In, Bubba-N-Frank's, Meat Hog Fishing, Atlantic Marine Supply, Zing Zang, Holland Corp., Sea Tow Lower Chesapeake, ABZ Rentals, Pyramid Roofing, York Bolt, Inc., Pete's Top Shop, Kurtz Marine, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated.
The top fish in the tournament was an impressive 82.6 pound cobia caught on the “Black Jack” captained by Ashley Davis and crewed by William Robins and Quinton Chapel. Old Dominion University determined that this fish was 9-years-old.
Costa Sunglasses sponsored a daily release award. “Knot Enough” released 4 cobia on Day 1 to win “Mojo” released 11 cobia to win Day 2.
The Top Lady Angler was Lauren Robertson with a 31.8 pound cobia. The Youth Award winner was Ayden Sowers with a 56.3 pound cobia.
For more information about the Cobia Bowl and the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association, visit pswsfa.com and find them on Facebook.