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Old 07-16-2018, 12:03 PM   #1
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My friend Terri (Jackback) hooked a snapper in ~100' of water, and after only a few turns on the reel, got slammed to the gunnel by something BIG. Shark, right?

After ripping off 50 yards of line, he gone! I'm thinking she's bringing up a snapper head, and after another 20' of retrieve - WHAM! OK, he came back for the head. Another short tussle and he's gone again. Another 20' of line - WHAM! He's back! No, wait a minute - he's gone.

Almost to the boat, another attack! Turns loose again. Almost in sight, WHAM again, and then gone.

She reels up a 16" snapper in whole condition, no teeth marks, but the snapper is pretty much scaled and deader than a hammer. I ruled out anything with teeth - sharks or cudas, and I don't think a big grouper would have followed all the way to the boat. Didn't see any blowhole bitches around us, so I'm left with cobia?

What do you guys/girls think? And how big of a cobia to take a 16" snapper? I'm thinking 60+ lbs.
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I'm going with a big grouper.
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A rare Geriatric shark...


They are toothless, often migrate to Florida for the winter from New Hampshire or Connecticut.
There is no limit on them.
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Could be a goliath. They've been known to follow baits/hooked to the boat.
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I have had dolphins do that on multiple trips this year. Same exact thing. Got a small keeper fish, got him almost up and he got hit, i pulled him away, he got him again, he came up completely scaled.
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Could be a goliath. They've been known to follow baits/hooked to the boat.
That crossed my mind, but didn't know they would come up in the water column like that.

Years ago in Destin, I had the same scenario as Terri; massive hit/release/hit again/ follow to the boat, but I got a visual on the culprit - approximately 80# cobia.
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Yeah thinking a Goliath.
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You might be right with the cobia. We landed 14 cobia this past weekend 8 miles south of Navarre in 92ft of water. We had a 50lber get off due to a missed gaff shot that ate a 14" red snapper on the way off the bottom. The other 2 hit live pins on the bottom.
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I guess it could be a cobe but my guess would be goliath
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definitely a school of large cobia.....50+ lbers....
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