Winter Cobia

February 20, 2016 by Andrew Herzog

Trip Info

The Catch

Nicky set out with us on a sporting day.  Seas have been rough due to warm windy weather, we stayed close and hoped our chumslick would call something in for a bite.  Our fish finder was showing great activity when we pulled on to the structure.  Some baits were freelined, 50lb bullbuster main line to 60lb leader to a 6/0 circle hook.  Others were sent to the bottom with a simple knocker rig.  All of the baits sent to the bottom were picked up and broken off by goliath grouper with them being only 80lb line.  Pinfish and white bait were the live bait of choice this morning.  Chum slick was made up of Aquatic Nutrition “Snapper UP” and cut bait.

The freelined baits however, had much better luck getting picked up by Cobia.  In a matter of 30 mins, Nikki was hooking up to cobia back to back.  All but one being keeper sized. Nicky also caught a black nose shark she tagged for Grey Fish Tag Research, She named and measured her catch, and recorded other data such as location , sex and condition of shark ect.  Check out the live tag feed online, if her shark is recaptured we will be notifed via mail.  Another great day catching in SWFL!

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