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With the Spring Cobia run just around the corner, I would like to find out what techniques you all are using to fish and land Cobia off a kayak. Obviously, sight fishing from a tower or pier is not going to work in a kayak so do you;



1. Anchor and chum, drift, or troll?



2. What baits or trolling lures have been successful?



3. How do you secure and subdue the fish before trowing it on your lap?



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Anchoring and chumming, drifting, trolling, etc. It all works. They will hit most baits thrown at them from a yak I'm guessing cause they don't feel any threat like they might from a boat. The biggest yak cobe I've caught was 52" on a topwater popper.

Make sure you tire them out THOROUGHLY before gaffing. Even then you are going to have to hold on good. Once he settles a bit, cut his gills and bleed him. Once dead then bring him aboard.
 

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Fishing the nearshore wrecks in late April and May/June is your best bet. Dropping Live baits as you normally would and hanging out catching fish usually sparks a cobes intrest to come to the top and check you out...I had a 35lber next to my kayak last year that would not eat a live cigar minnow. The next month (June) I was hanging out on the bar when I saw a wake and I threw a live threadfin at it...a 50" cobe gobbled it up...I was close enough to the beach I just fought it until it tired out and then towed it to the beach. I think it all comes down to going alot and being in the right place at the right time when you are targeting cobia from the yak.

 
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