2011 season, Destin Florida Cobia by Jay Riordan

Destin Florida Cobia by Jay Riordan

Its spring and the annual cobia migration in the Panhandle is in full swing. I was fortunate enough to sneak away from the daily grind for a few days and make a trip back home to Destin. Initially, I just planned to spend a few days on the local piers hoping for a shot at a passing fish or two, however when word got out that I was on the way, I got a few calls to jump on a boat thus almost guaranteeing some fresh cobia for dinner.

An hour after getting in town I was loading my rods on a 46′ G&S sportfisher called the HEBE. I used to fish on that boat several years ago and have been great friends with the captain and crew. These guys are top notch fisherman and already had the boat fueled, iced, and filled the livewell with eels, pinfish, beeliners, mullet, and live squid.

We headed out of the pass and pointed the boat west. The morning started off with a light southeast wind and swell, however it continued to build throughout the day making the ride in the tower less than comfortable. Despite the rough seas we managed to go 8 for 8 on cobias, and released two of the fish to fight another day. Jenny had a great day and managed to take the lead in the ladies division of the cobia tournament with a nice 63.9lb fish.

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