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Old 04-11-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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Ok so we took our little tri-hull boat out Saturday with a step ladder strapped to the bow hoping to get some cobia. We haven't cobia fished before and didn't expect to even see any. Well we did end up seeing about 7 huge fish, a few of which had to be close to 80 lbs. We had the big fluffy cobia jigs that everyone uses to catch them and would throw right in front of their face each time but they would ignore it and just keep swimming. I was always under the assumption that cobia were pretty dumb and would eat just about anything but we coudn't get them to hit. Any pointers would be much appreciated!

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When I am on a boat I prefer to put a live bait infront of a fish, rather than a jig. Those fish have probably seen 100s of jigs all the way up the coast. Live mullet, threadfins, and eels are my go to baits for ling. Also you don't want to throw directly in front of their face because you run the risk of spooking the fish. Rather throw past the fish and bring the jig back to them. Good luck on your cobia ventures.
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I'll give live mullet a shot next time. thanks for the advice.
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ya, mullet work great and eels if you can find them. Also I've had them eat a fat pinfish when nothing else worked.
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Catfish they work great and they are FREE.Just bust off the barbs first.
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Next time you go take some crabs with you. put on hook with no lead, throw out in front of fish and let it drift down on it's own. watch the fish, when he starts down get ready. have your spinning bale open and let him run for 20 or so yards, time to eat that crab. through the bail and hang on
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awesome thanks for the tips. hopefully we will do a little better next time
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I was always under the assumption that cobia were pretty dumb and would eat just about anything but we coudn't get them to hit. Any pointers would be much appreciated!

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In my experience, the only fish that would eat anything put in front of them was dolphin. I've had cobia that would slam a fake eel as soon as it hit the water and then had cobia that wouldn't eat the 7-8 things we offered (live or dead or fake). It really pisses you off when they are right in front of you and won't eat.
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