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Gorenflo's Cobia Shoot Out celebrates its 30th year

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 The 30th annual Gorenflo's One day Cobia Shootout will be held April 23 at the Gorenflo's Tackle Shop.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD FILE The 30th annual Gorenflo's One day Cobia Shootout will be held April 23 at the Gorenflo's Tackle Shop.

The Coast fishing season officially gets underway next weekend.

The 30th annual Gorenflo's Cobia One-Day Shootout will be held April 23 at the Gorenflo's Tackle and Marina Store in Biloxi.

The fee to fish in the one-day tournament is $200 per boat.

A mandatory captain's meeting for the one-day shootout takes place 7 p.m. Friday at the Tackle Shop. The weigh-in will take place Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the tackle shop, with first and second place prizes awarded for the two-fish total weight.

With Cobia being a popular fish on the Coast, Tournament Director Danny Pitalo predicts between 40 and 50 boats to open the saltwater tournament season and several competitive fish to get weighed in.

"We had 47 boats last year," Pitalo said. "The most we ever had was 74 bouts at our 20th anniversary. With all the rain that came through, we expect a lot of fish will get caught."

The main Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament, also in its 30th year, will be held April 29-May 1 at the Gorenflo's Tackle and Marina Store.

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