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Old 08-12-2019, 07:33 AM
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Haven't had any luck on my last few cobia trips in Southeast NC and want to try something else next time. I know Southeast NC isn't necessarily the greatest cobia spot but that's where I have access to a house a couple times throughout the year. Think I might just switch it up and do whatever it takes to increase my chances next time.

What's the best place to do a cobia charter and what part of Spring/Summer would be the best? I might get some bias here being in the VA thread but have heard great things about cobia in Chesapeake bay.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:49 AM
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Lower Bay - Virginia Beach, Cape Charles. They show up in May and leave in Sept. I'd say mid to late August is prime time for sight fishing.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:25 AM
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Lower part of the bay in VA is really good. I would say the best time would be later June/ early July through August. Big ones can be found earlier than that but they can be finicky about eating until they are done spawning. Lots of good charters in the area. My recommendation would Bayroamer charters.
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Old 08-12-2019, 12:20 PM
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Southern Chesapeake Bay out of Lynnhaven Inlet, Virginia Beach. Keith LeGrande at LeGrande Slam Sportfishing or Max Flowers at Swamp Wreck Sportfishing. Good friends, class acts and most importantly they can put you on the fish.

Right now is pretty good fishing.
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Old 08-12-2019, 01:11 PM
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Finao Sportfishing Charters in Norfolk out of Little Creek. I don't know them but if you checkout their videos on youtube they seem to always get on fish.
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Ben Shepard- Above Average Sportfishing check it out on Facebook...
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:30 AM
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Finao Sportfishing Charters in Norfolk out of Little Creek. I don't know them but if you checkout their videos on youtube they seem to always get on fish.
Those videos got him a LOT of business. I think I saw something on one of his social media accounts that he was booked for all of 2019 and was taking people for dates in 2020.

Salt Treated out of Seaford is a good one to check out.
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Those videos got him a LOT of business. I think I saw something on one of his social media accounts that he was booked for all of 2019 and was taking people for dates in 2020.

Salt Treated out of Seaford is a good one to check out.
Yeah, he's booked every day for cobia season

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Old 08-13-2019, 11:29 AM
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Tyler Nonn Capt and Owner of Tidewater Charters. tidewater charters | CHESAPEAKE BAY FLY & LIGHT TACKLE

Hands down best charter capt for cobia on the Chesapeake Bay. He sight fishes for them and you will not find a capt or boat that has more dedication to finding and landing fish then him. Plus he is very entertaining and personable. I've fished with him for cobia in Bay (last trip was June 2019 we caught over 15 sight fishing), red drum in the bay and have chartered him in Key West where we fished inshore one day and offshore another sight fishing for sails.

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Old 08-13-2019, 12:15 PM
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I'd absolutely recommend Bay Roamer Charters, he may not have all the fancy YouTube videos and what not, but his success speaks for itself. Very reasonably priced too.
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Originally Posted by kernmw10 View Post
Finao Sportfishing Charters in Norfolk out of Little Creek. I don't know them but if you checkout their videos on youtube they seem to always get on fish.
I have fished with Finao, and would recommend him if you can get a date. We are going back in a couple of weeks.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:27 AM
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Thanks for all the replies everyone. Sounds like plenty of options in VA.

Once again I'm probably asking a biased crowd here in the VA section, but what is consistently the best place in the Southeast to catch cobia? Lower VA? How does OBX compare?
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This time of year they should be starting to stack up on structure like the CBBT and buoys, but also still cruising the surface.
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by wcgreen20 View Post
Thanks for all the replies everyone. Sounds like plenty of options in VA.

Once again I'm probably asking a biased crowd here in the VA section, but what is consistently the best place in the Southeast to catch cobia? Lower VA? How does OBX compare?
All of the OBX gets a good run of them in May when they are on their way up to the Chesapeake Bay. They travel up the east coast to come here and spawn. Those runs are short windows though when the fish are traveling north. Nowhere else in the SE gets a long season like VA does.

Hatteras usually has 1 week when it's unbelievable fishing. If you want all summer though the Bay is really your only option. There's no bias about it. We have the best cobia fishing on the east coast.
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:17 PM
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Check the outer banks pier reports and you will see when they start catching there. Then get out there and look. I heard of some nice fish caught off Avalon pier last week. The fish are already moving back down the coast.
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:12 AM
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Great info thank you everyone. I'll be making a trip up there next summer fo sho.
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