Surf Fishing for Cobia - Pensacola Fishing Forum

Go Back   Pensacola Fishing Forum > Inshore Fishing / Surf Fishing > Surf Fishing - General Q & A

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-09-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
Guy
Member
Ruby Red Lip
 
Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Pensacola
Posts: 51
Default Surf Fishing for Cobia

Ok, I heard rumors that it's possible to surf fish for cobia. Is it true? and if so, what kind of tackle and bait would a person need?
Guy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-09-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
Senior Member
Grouper
 
PBTH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Gulf Breeze/Summerland Key
Posts: 879
Default

There's always a chance of hooking a cobia on standard beach fishing outfits during the Spring run, but it's a small chance. Your best bet would be to drag a ladder out to the sandbar and sight fish them with a jig. It's been done many times before.
PBTH is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-09-2012, 08:35 PM   #3
PrettyAwesomeWhiteGuy
Sailfish
 
PAWGhunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Daphne, AL
Posts: 1,503
Default

I've done it by accident. Caught a little 24" cobia in about 5ft of water on Dauphin Island a few years back. Best part was that it was on a carolina rig and dead shrimp
PAWGhunter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-09-2012, 10:59 PM   #4
Senior Member
Grouper
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Nizvarre
Posts: 1,179
Default

Yeah sight fishing would be your best bet. I have paddled live mullet out and dropped them off for cobes on my high line capacity reels but all I got was sharks and my biggest bull red that hit a left over live eel. I planned on fishing out of my yak that day but there was too much wind chop for me.

If the water is clear chances are you will see fish within casting range especially on a ladder.
Caddy Yakker is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2012, 08:14 AM   #5
Guy
Member
Ruby Red Lip
 
Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Pensacola
Posts: 51
Default

I've heard of that, but never attempted. Sounds cool, and may be worth a try. Thanks!!!
Guy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2012, 08:24 AM   #6
Your mom's a
Grand Slam
 
JoeZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Your mom's house
Posts: 6,788
Default

The best theory I've heard on this is to try to float live bait off the beach during the April full moon. Especially effective (well, more plausible I guess) if there's a high tide at night as well.
JoeZ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2012, 11:54 PM   #7
Senior Member
Blue Marlin
 
Bodupp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Pike Road, Ala.
Posts: 4,246
Default

I've caught them swimming less than a rod's length from land, fishing from a boat. As a matter of fact, I cast onto the beach, and a guy walking the beach thought I was throwing at him until he saw me hook up. So yes, it's possible, but I would go early in the morning and the more deserted the beach the better.
Bodupp is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-11-2012, 12:10 PM   #8
Senior Member
Grouper
 
Hawkseye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Pace
Posts: 935
Default

I've spotted quite a few from shore while working over the years. Of course it always happens when I don't have a rod around.

If you can see them, you can catch them. I've always told myself I was going to take a couple of days one season and give it a shot.

Last edited by Hawkseye; 03-11-2012 at 12:56 PM.
Hawkseye is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-11-2012, 01:45 PM   #9
Senior Member
Sailfish
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Warrington FL USA
Posts: 1,444
Default Surf Cobia

There are a lot of cobia right on the beach that go by unseen because everyone is looking out deep for them.

I keep a Mitchell 402 on a cobia rod in a spike by itself to throw at one if and when if it comes by.

Put an eel, hardhead catfish or cobia jig on your rod. JMHO C2
Charlie2 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-11-2012, 02:58 PM   #10
Guy
Member
Ruby Red Lip
 
Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Pensacola
Posts: 51
Default

It's always sounded plausable to me, but I've never heard of anyone really targeting them from the beach. And it sounds like I gotta try it out. If I get lucky, I'll most definitely post pics... Thanks everyone for the help...
Guy 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 01:32 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.