Cobia Workshop? - Pensacola Fishing Forum

Go Back   Pensacola Fishing Forum > General Discussion > General Discussion

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By stevenattsu
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-19-2017, 01:48 PM   #1
Member
Ruby Red Lip
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 81
Default Cobia Workshop?

There is no debate among avid Cobia fishermen that the recent Cobia fishing season "sucked." We have either killed off the stupid ones or the smart ones have changed their migratory habits. Last night's Cobia/Florida State Sanderís Beach workshop meeting raised concerns and more questions. The state officials couldn't provide totally accurate data. The state admitted that they had gathered most of their information from surveys. Unlike the federal government, they seemed honest, sincere and wanting to help us all.
Many fishermen wanted to cancel Cobia fishing for a couple of years.
Outcast B&T voiced a moratorium and other restrictions.
Some wanted mandatory net usage instead of gaffs to boat fish. If you have ever boated a 50+# cobia, then you know that they fight just as much in the boat as out. However, for the smaller fish, netting would save some since they would not be injured by gaffs!
Some suggested circle hooks, but how do you keep Cobia from attacking King Mackerel lures which most have traditional treble or straight hooks on them? I donít see how a circle hook would work on a Cobia lure. Perhaps there is a way?
One attendee recommended making Cobia a game fish so that it would make selling them ILLEGAL. Several web sites already define a game fish as a fish sought by sports fisherman and not necessarily food or forcing selling restrictions. However, a couple of other web sites indicated that you cannot legally sell ANY Gulf fish unless you have a license to do so.
I voiced reducing the season of April, but that would mean that other states would have to comply, and the timing of just limiting April may not affect other states in order to conserve.
For decades, the federal government has been collecting excise taxes to rebuild our fisheries. Where did the money go?
tank1949 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-19-2017, 03:06 PM   #2
Senior Member
Snapper
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 533
Default

Cobia are pretty chill in the net...that's not a concern. We tagged and released a handful of way over legal fish this season.

but, none of this matters unless it is gulf-wide...not just FL.
atlantacapt is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-19-2017, 03:15 PM   #3
Senior Member
Grouper
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Latimer, MS
Posts: 1,030
Default

Cobia have been listed as a game fish in MS for years so no legal commercial sale of them here for any cobia landed in MS regardless of what water it came from but not sure how much that helps....really no clue how big the commercial market is for them.
jvalhenson is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-19-2017, 03:35 PM   #4
Senior Member
Sailfish
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pace
Posts: 1,600
Default

So far this years commercial landings in the counties around us. Keep in mind the avarage size when looking at these numbers. Okaloosa does stand out but, thats also where a large majority of the tournaments are in the area. So most of the fish that are caught, are sold by capt's or deckhands with a SPL and RS. If they made it where they could only be sold under a boats SPL & RS this would stop alot of this bootlegging sales.

Walton 97lbs
Franklin 115 lbs
Escambia 188
Santa Rosa 0
Okaloosa (Destin) 2058
tank1949 likes this.

Last edited by stevenattsu; 05-19-2017 at 04:02 PM.
stevenattsu is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-19-2017, 04:53 PM   #5
Member
Ruby Red Lip
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 81
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by stevenattsu View Post
So far this years commercial landings in the counties around us. Keep in mind the avarage size when looking at these numbers. Okaloosa does stand out but, thats also where a large majority of the tournaments are in the area. So most of the fish that are caught, are sold by capt's or deckhands with a SPL and RS. If they made it where they could only be sold under a boats SPL & RS this would stop alot of this bootlegging sales.

Walton 97lbs
Franklin 115 lbs
Escambia 188
Santa Rosa 0
Okaloosa (Destin) 2058
Good idea....write the state. Just like snapper fishing, any commercial type fishing has the lobbyists to screw over the average taxpayer. Back in the day that we build our own reefs, and we didn't have fishing issues. We just never anchored or fished in sight of land for other fishermen to get our numbers. Worked great for decades.
tank1949 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-20-2017, 01:20 AM   #6
Senior Member
Trigger
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: niceville,fl
Posts: 248
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by atlantacapt View Post
Cobia are pretty chill in the net...that's not a concern. We tagged and released a handful of way over legal fish this season.

but, none of this matters unless it is gulf-wide...not just FL.
This exactly !! If all the state's aren't
onboard it's useless. We'll just be helping Mississippi and Louisiana in the 2 fish per person no boat limit. The Florida commercial limits the exact same as the recreational limit. Do you think the boats that are or maybe aren't won't kill 6 nice fish in a day if the opportunity arises ?
dsaito is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-20-2017, 07:57 AM   #7
Junior Member
Cigar Minnow
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 15
Default

My $0.02:

Gamefish status-not for sale
Slot size limit
1 per person
4 per boat

I can't remember what happened when they took redfish off the commercial market...I guess the restaurants didn't serve any. It's kinda like a wild turkey, if u or someone u know doesn't kill one, u don't get to eat one...restaurants don't serve it up because there isn't a commercial market...yet. This is one of a handful of places on the planet that these fish do this and it's sad to see how they have been exploited just to make a buck.
tinboater is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Pensacola Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
How Did You Find Us?
Tell us how you heard about Pensacola Fishing Forum.

Log-in



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.