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Capt. Cobia Hunter Ben, Sean S, and I gave it another whirl chasing cobia with the fly yesterday. A few weeks go we tried, saw a bunch, but could not get one to eat the fly. Well, we did get a bunch to chase the fly at the end of the day, but the fun was spoiled by a buoy jack. (my cobia fly fishing report from a few weeks ago on this forum is located here).

Wednesday night Capt. Ben and I talked and he said it looked like Thursday would be a decent day, that he had had good success he last few days catching them on light tackle and eels and that we should give it a go on Thursday. I said, "Game on!". Packed my bag, rods and reels, and loaded up the car. Got up at 3am and made my way down to Owls Creek ramp where I arrived around 7am. We packed up the boat and headed out to find a good chop on the water. Original plan was to head southwest, but after getting pounded for a while we changed our plan, grabbed the following sea and made our way in more of a northernly track. We looked in the open water, we looked on the buoys, we casted the buoys, we looked some more, made some calls to only learn that no one really had been seeing anything. Jet Ski Brian said he saw one….things were not looking hopeful, but hey, that's fishing for you.


We got a call from a fellow Tidal Fisher who said there might be a bite on red drum, given we'd beaten ourselves up looking all over we decided to give it a try, maybe catch a few, go in and grab lunch and head back out. Capt. Ben put the hammer down and we headed towards the area of the red drum report. We ran about ten minutes and all the sudden the boat comes off plane, I look up and Ben says there were four cobia he saw, they went under when the wake hit them, but that we should hang a few minutes and see if they come back up. Sure enough two minutes later they appear. Ben points them out, I have them in my sights. We slowing make our way over and I shoot a long backcast, but it falls behind them. I make another, miss again, the fish changed direction. We move a bit and I make a forward cast, line gets tangled, have to get it out, if the cob takes the fly and runs (if it runs lol) I'll break him off.. Now I am pretty much messed up, I'm watching them with one eye and untangling with the other. Finally I get it undone, two cobia have moved out front, and two behind just a few feet. We sneak up a little further on them, I ask Ben to turn the bow to the right so I can get a long cast in, I shoot a long shot, it falls right in front of them, I make one twitch of the fly and the fish light up and go wild over it, they miss, I make another short strip and one of them jumps all over it, I set the hook and come tight….stuck'em! We're all jacked up on the boat, but now comes the landing part…..I can see when the fish comes up to the surface that it does not look like it is hooked that well, I give it another hard set, but still do not feel good, fish runs at me and I wind like a mad man to keep it tight, finally he goes down and I stay tight. He starts making his way to the surface again and I feel like he is going to jump and all I am thinking if he makes a good jump he has a real chance to throw this hook…sure enough he jumps, but the hooks stays and I'm feeling better about landing this sucker. I wear the fish out a bit and finally it gets near the boat, I think this is it, but the fish makes another run. Few minutes later we finally land the rascal. Mission accomplished! To say we were all jacked up is an understatement, whenever I get a new species on the fly for the first time it always jacks me up . Good times!


We took some pics and headed to where we heard the red drum bite was, turns out there were no fish there, but it did not matter to us. We headed to the ramp and had a big lunch at Rudee's. Later in the night I made my way over to long time TIdal Fish supporter, Ross's Harpoon Larry's. Did not see a lot of Tidal Fishers, but was glad to catch up with Capt. Pete Bregant who I had not seen in a while. The really sweet part of it was that I caught the cobia on a yak fly he tied and gave to me fifteen years ago on my very first trip fishing the CBBT area. Capt. Pete and Ron Russell took me out to show me what it was all about. Because of meeting them, through what is now TIdalFish.com, and Capt. Pete and Ron introducing me to the great Virginia Beach fishery, I've had more adventures then I could have imagined fishing the area. I'll remember this cobia on the fly adventure with Capt. Ben for a long time to come, and I will be back for more! Thanks Capt. Ben, you are part Cobia!


For those interested what I used:

Sage 10wt XP
Tibor Everglades Fly Reel
Rio Striper 250 line
leader: 2 feet of 30lb Ande fluorocarbon, 2 1/2 feet of 20lb Ande fluorocarbon
Fly. Capt Pete's Yak Fly

A few pics below. Fellow Tidal Fisher Sean caught the whole thing on HD video, the cast, the take everything. Once he gets that downloaded I will post it. Thanks for shooting it Sean!


Hooked up





The Cobia



Capt. Ben insisted I smile for the camera
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Finally
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The Capt. Pete Yak fly. The fly literally fell out of the fishes mouth when Ben landed it, but this is how it was stuck....crazy
crazyloco:bigangel:


"Wow, that was easy, what other species can we get with this long rod contraption?" Just kidding about the easy part
:))

 

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It was I that called Ben on the Reds. I work at a hotel on 34th st and was mounting a TV in one of the ocean front penthouse units when i saw the school about 1/2 mile off the beach. I have seen big schools in the bay before but this was an acre wide school swirling on the top... thousands of fish. I made a few calls as it was killing me to see them and no botas on them. Ben was the only one that answered that was on the water. I watched them for about thirty minutes and even saw you guys come by... you were only about 300 yards west of them when you passed the cavalier. I called him again when i saw you guys but you were running and guess he didn't hear the phone. I had to go into a meeting for 45minutes and when i got out, they were gone. I was hoping you guys got on them but oh well, sounds like you had a good trip anyway.
Congrats on the milestone Brandon!!!!
 

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Hey Gordy

I knew it was you, did not want to give anything away in case someone was reading where you work:wink44:
Thanks for the call, we did not see them, sounds like we drove right by them. Sorry we missed them, that would have been some fun after the cobia. Good news is we can do it again:thumbup:

Thanks for the heads up, hope to see you out there on the water:fishing2:
 

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I work at the oceanfront as well. Ive made more than one call on diving birds during the winter. Wish i couldve made it to larry's but i didnt. Will definitely make it next time!
 

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Man what a blast! Ive been trying to get one on a fly for a while now and we finally got it! Brandon its getting to be that time of year for the reds to be somewhat consistent on the beach, maybe we can hire out some guys to watch from the hotels for us! :)

Thanks for the call Bill! We ran in and saw the discharge from the sewer pipe up there, figured that was what you saw turned around and left. Just so happens that my "****"berry of a phone completely died. I could see you calling just couldnt answer, talk about frustrating! dont know how we missed them if we were that close. oh well, thanks for the call brother!
 

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Nice report Brandon. Glad you and Ben hooked up.. You really got lucky when you ran into Pirate Pete.. Not only is that man hilarious, Capt Pete is good people!:thumbup:
 

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September was a great month on the oceanfront, Ben!!! This summer sucked for me this year, but August and September were great!! Hope early October will be just as good!!!

"Some Days It's Just Not Worth Chewing Threw The Restraints..."
 
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