I got this off of the IGFA facebook page.
“A potential new cobia record just came in to the IGFA in the 50-lb line class category! Capt. Jimbo Thomas had been scoping the buoys of Government Cut in Miami, Florida, USA, for days with his brother Rick on their charter Thomas Flyer. “We kept seeing this monster cobia at the buoys and got a bunch of 40 pounders on the lines,” but the big one evaded the Thomas brothers until this past Friday, April 16, 2010. Out fishing for bait before the morning’s first charter trip, but with a big rod waiting ready just in case the giant showed, the brothers spotted the fish waiting by the buoy. Rick threw the bait, and the battle was on!
“The crazy thing is that if we had come up on the cobia while we were fishing during a charter, it might not have counted for a record because sometimes more than one charter client will put their hands on the rods.” According to IGFA world record rules, no one but the angler may touch the rod, reel, or line from the time a fish strikes or takes the bait or lure, until the fish is either landed or released.
Weighing in at 121.2 lbs, Rick’s cobia challenges the previous cobia record set at 116.5 lbs in June 2006 by Billy Ray Lucas, Jr., of Wilson, North Carolina, USA.”