I had my buddy Roger(the guy who got me into tug boating) and his buddy/coworker Mike, on fishing the Va Beach Anglers Club Cobia Tourney. As usuall, a nice stiff breeze came up over night, it was not going to be a pleasant day cobia hunting.
We got to the shoals and found 3-4 waves and 2-3 swell, and to make it even more relaxing they were running cross current, so we would be doing the bobble head all day long sitting side to in the slop.
We set the chum tube out, got my oiler dripping menhaden oil, and proceded to take our beating. Within minutes we had our first bite, well bites, 3 of them, 3 bull Red Drum. Two 50 inchers and a 51".....looking good so far....and were barely noticing the neck snapping side to roll were having.
Roger with his red.
Mike with his bull.
convieniently my pic dissapeared, but I did get a shot of all 3 in the boat, before you guys flame me, they were only there20-30 seconds and swap away strong with a little bit of resucitation(sp)
Now were feeling good, but out target species hasnt showed itself. We do the stingray shuffle with southern stingrays and next thing Ol' Roger has mister cobe on is light spinner. I thought he had very light line on it and took the fish very green.....MISTAKE... Yup, Im bleeding once again
roger and his cobia, 47 inches and 33.5#, caught on a live spot on a float rig
Heres why I will enjoy cooking this cobia in particular....(My legs been cleaned and wrapped- one benifit of having a GF that a nurse) I got drilled by those little spikes on there head when Mike dumped the fish out of the net between my legs....I guess it could have been worse!
We spent the rest of the day swatting blackflys and talking trash to each other about screw ups at work(we all tug operators), had a few more stringrays to deal with and made our run to the dock to weigh our lone cobia. The wind dropped out and we ran like a scalded dog back to the hill, needless to say they were extemley impressed with the dusky ride, even when it breezed(20plus outta the SW)up near shore, we kept on getting it at about 40knts.
we got to the weigh in, weighed our fish, grabbed a NICE FROSTY BEVERAGE, and waited for everyone else to show..... we had the only cobia caught by any of the tourneyment boats.
So we got our first place win Payout wasnt much, expensises at best but it wont about that anyways....it was about having fun and doing it on my Dusky!!
Roger with his winning Cobe
me holding Rogers fish(hey its the first tournement Ive ever entered, and won!!! I had to have a pic of it, seeing as how my redfish pic vanished)
Thanks for putting on the tourney, we'll be there again next year!
Ive got the 233(26'11) with a fwd cuddy. the 25 is a beast, I saw one coming in lynnhaven on Sat and chased the guy down to see if it was for sale. Needless to say, he wasnt selling, not that I blame him one bit1.
Congrats! And thanks for the report and pics! Really impressive. Although I am a little surprised to learn only one was caught.
We were out on "Miss Susie" Friday from 3pm to 10pm trying for cobes but got 4 bulls instead. See our fishing report on the original board dated 06/29/08 by Hookin' Up. Saturday we went out to CLT for spades but only got 7. On our way back in we didn't notice many boats fishing as in recent years past. I knew there was a tx going on.
Again, nice going!