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As some may know and or not know , 364 days before this last trip out , I had a accident at sea that nearly cost me my life while cobia fishing. Spin the clock forward and one new boat later i was back at it this year to redeem myself and shake the monkey off my back in a big way. The boat was just back from Breeze Fab for a major over haul on the dry dock to repair our tower and finalize some of the last pimping needed to the boat. My boat partner Reggie had fished her last weekend and struck out 0-3 with me watching from the sidelines, and i struck out 0-3 on the way home from pensacola the week before.

So along come this last weekend with much anticipation , the wife and kid and dogs all headed to the beach, along with my boat partner Reggie. Got to the beach thursday night and took the boat out for a top off and off to bed for an early start.

Day One: We head out at 8 am headed west passing the site of my accident stopping at Phillips inlet to start our day. We moved along looking for the first cobia of 2010 and were not disappointed as Reggie spots a fish and hooks up with a jig right off the bat at 10 am. We get the fish close and can see it 20 ish pounds and it pulls off right at the boat for a Palm Beach release and hopefully some good karma. So now we are thinking its going to be wide open , but we do not see anything till 4 pm when i spot a double of 30 pounders pop up. The fish came up right off my side 10 ft from the boat headed at us. I was able to get a jig tossed back at them as they headed west , but there was no love on such a bad angle cast. So now we are awake again ( i was totally dozing off to the drone of the diesel), and along comes another fish right in front of us again that we some how botch. Then not ten minutes later i spot a monster come up 20 yards off my side right off the bow with plenty of time to slow down and cast.

I had my eel rod in hand this time and when i saw the fish i jumped up to cast and the eel got tangled on my rod tip as the big eel danced around . I fumbled for 2 seconds and Reggie was getting ready to cast across me to catch the fish. I finally get the line undone and make a backward blind cast over my shoulder and get the eel 5 ft past the fish which now sees the boat. I quickly reeled the eel across the surface and dropped it right in his mouth basically. The fish was going literally going to spook from the boat being just feet away, but by some miracle it turned on the eel and swallowed it. Now the problem was it ate as it headed under the boat . I had Reggie on call to gun it when i set the hook, So i jack the rod up and Reggie guns the throttles pushing the boat over and away the fish which was like 10 feet down.As we came away from the fish i jacked her up a few times to get her smoking my stella hard away from the stern.

The fish looked to be about 50 or so pounds when i saw it , and i expected a nice battle on 20# Ande but Little did i know how big the fish really was.I fought the fish for about 15 minutes when it came up close to the port side where i instructed Reggie to gaff it off the corner when it comes up. The fish came right in and laid just off the side when we both saw just how big this sucker was. Instantly we both freaked out and didn't want to loose this big brown bomber. Reggie stuck the gaff out and just brushed the fishes head not wanting to take a green fish. The fish sounded and took off for another 20 minutes till it came up on the same side of the boat again.

This time the fish was spent and after 5 more minutes Reggie was able to reach under and stick the fish right in the center of the collar and began to hoist it over the gunnel. My daughter ( who is scared of cobia) hid in the cabin as the fish hit the deck and my attack dog deck mates subdued the beast in the blood spattered cockpit. Once we had the the fish in the boat it was apparent that the fish was well over 50 pounds and possible even 60. We cleaned up and took some photos and then hoisted it up on the scale to see this beast weighted in just right at 73 pounds and a new personal best and the new boat record all in one day.

What a way to break in the 2010 cobia season with such a beast as well as shaking off the memory of last summer catastrophe which almost cost me my life. I now feel like i have come full circle and put the demons to bed forever !

So we go back at it and see two other fish before calling it quits at 6PM after a long day on the water for everyone including the dogs.We cleaned up at the dock and took some fresh cobia for Hook and Cook at pier 77 and off to bed .


Day Two: We set out early with out the wife dogs and daughter, but added my buddy Army Specialist Ryan Mcpherson. Ryan served our country in the infantry in Iraq for almost 15 months when he was injured in a IED attack on his striker. He survived the attack but was unable to continue to serve due to his injuries, and after several surgeries he was finally sent home to Atlanta and recently discharged Puple Heart Veteran.

The plan was to get Ryan on his first cobia, and we started around the same area we started day one. At 9:30 am i hear Reggie scream "fish" , and i look over to see a nice keeper cobia coming straight at the boat. Reggie gets a cast off after a slight tangle and the fish some how snaked his eel right off his hook.Im think the fish is gone but Reggie sees the fish off the stern , I dont ? so i blind cast the eel back 10 ft off the stern and guess what ........Im on !!!!!


I pass the rod down to ryan who proceeds to reel in his first ever cobia , right at 25 pounds. No monster but on the board at 9:30 Am and ryan had his first fish in the box. We are thinking we are going to slay the fish at this point , but we do not see another fish the entire day . To make matters worse the sky turned over cast at 11 am, so between the dim sky and the greenish water it ruined the day. We fished till 5PM and gave up to head in for fresh cobia sushi dinner.

Total for the weekend was 7 fish seen in two days with 3 hooked and two kept, not the best fishing but no skunking either. We put the boat up and cruised home from the beach with coolers full of fresh cobia


Keep posted for next report and enjoy the pictures.

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Very nice report, great pics. love the ones with your daughter!
 
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