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Old 05-07-2021, 08:06 AM
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Keeping up with tradition and starting my thread for this year. Looks like they are on their way up the coast
Old 05-07-2021, 08:15 AM
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Very cool. Hope they travel up the bay a little bit like last year.
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Good afternoon and Happy Friday. I was recently in Florida and when I spoke with a couple of different captains they indicated that they had seen fewer and smaller Cobia this Spring vs. the last few years. This was specifically on the reefs / wrecks in the Keys. I am unsure how that may translate to our fishery but thought it was interesting... Hopefully, we will see some fish in about 2 weeks. Tight Lines

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Originally Posted by xZighx View Post
Good afternoon and Happy Friday. I was recently in Florida and when I spoke with a couple of different captains they indicated that they had seen fewer and smaller Cobia this Spring vs. the last few years. This was specifically on the reefs / wrecks in the Keys. I am unsure how that may translate to our fishery but thought it was interesting... Hopefully, we will see some fish in about 2 weeks. Tight Lines

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Seems to be the trend unfortunately. I have noticed a big difference in the quantity and quality of fish in the lower bay and ocean front since 2011 when I started fishing down here. Also seems like the number of tower boats has increased 10fold. Iím sure there is a correlation between the two. Maybe a consequence of other fisheries taking a nose dive too, or the wonderful blue boats that are sucking the life out of our bay....
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Helped a buddy move his boat down to Hatteras 2 weeks ago. Hoping to hit them down there before they all make it up here. Usually the first or second week of May is when it goes off down there. Was planning on going this weekend but things didn't work out.

Zigh, according to the geniuses that control the cobia fishery the FL cobia are a different group of fish and do not pass the Georgia state line. Remember that fiasco a few years ago with the shut downs?

I wouldn't be surprised if they're already some in the bay.
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Originally Posted by Mako 234 View Post
Helped a buddy move his boat down to Hatteras 2 weeks ago. Hoping to hit them down there before they all make it up here. Usually the first or second week of May is when it goes off down there. Was planning on going this weekend but things didn't work out.

Zigh, according to the geniuses that control the cobia fishery the FL cobia are a different group of fish and do not pass the Georgia state line. Remember that fiasco a few years ago with the shut downs?

I wouldn't be surprised if they're already some in the bay.
Saw some cow nose rays last night. Iím sure if they are showing up, the cobia are too
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Originally Posted by Yellow Fever View Post
Saw some cow nose rays last night. I’m sure if they are showing up, the cobia are too
Yup. Earliest I've ever caught a cobia is May 9th. There's a few stragglers that lead the pack. They stay down this time of year so you have to chum.
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My best cobia trip in VA was supposed to be a shakedown test of the boat, making sure it was ready for season. Released 7 studs before 11 am. Mid-may. hit it just right as they were all entering the bay that day.
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Reports down south are cobia are passing Hatteras and some have already made it north of Oi, shouldn't be too much longer.
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Originally Posted by Mako 234 View Post
Helped a buddy move his boat down to Hatteras 2 weeks ago. Hoping to hit them down there before they all make it up here. Usually the first or second week of May is when it goes off down there. Was planning on going this weekend but things didn't work out.

Zigh, according to the geniuses that control the cobia fishery the FL cobia are a different group of fish and do not pass the Georgia state line. Remember that fiasco a few years ago with the shut downs?

I wouldn't be surprised if they're already some in the bay.
They are idiots. Our tagging program has cobia tags from here returned from Florida AND the Gulf of Mexico. " I'm from the government and I'm here to help." I guarantee most of those folks would not last 6 months in the private sector.
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Originally Posted by TurdFerguson View Post
My best cobia trip in VA was supposed to be a shakedown test of the boat, making sure it was ready for season. Released 7 studs before 11 am. Mid-may. hit it just right as they were all entering the bay that day.
damn im ready!!
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Forgive me if this is a stupid question: are you allowed to target cobes for C&R prior to the opener? I like to harvest a few every year but most of the fun is in the hunt for me.
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Originally Posted by KPHuss View Post
Forgive me if this is a stupid question: are you allowed to target cobes for C&R prior to the opener? I like to harvest a few every year but most of the fun is in the hunt for me.

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Ran from lynnhaven to dam neck today. Didnít find any cobia or reds but lots of bait, turtles and rays. Should be soon. Saw a FB post today that one guy saw 20+ off croatan. Might be fake news but I did see a couple boats down there fishing close to the beach.
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I fished Hatteras down to ocacroke on Saturday since the water was only 60-61 off OI. We had 65 at Hatteras inlet and a little temperature break 5 miles down ocacroke but never warmer than 67.5. We didnít see a fish and most boats we talked to said the same. It appears this persistent north north east flow has moved cooler water in tight to the beach. Donít know what this means for the migration north to VA? Heading out today to hopefully find em . Winds are nne again but hopefully lighter than the 20 knots we had yesterday afternoon.
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Originally Posted by Viking16 View Post
Ran from lynnhaven to dam neck today. Didnít find any cobia or reds but lots of bait, turtles and rays. Should be soon. Saw a FB post today that one guy saw 20+ off croatan. Might be fake news but I did see a couple boats down there fishing close to the beach.
Fished Friday, saw the same... lots of bait and birds diving but no cobes or reds. I heard that they were catching maks down south of the jetty, so that might have been what the boats there were about.
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The Hatteras inshore guides are running to the point in Buxton to find the big reds. Or they were a couple weeks ago.
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Sandbridge pier has some on the surface yesterday from what I heard. So they are moving north.
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Fireflies in the backyard tonight
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Originally Posted by old hat View Post
I fished Hatteras down to ocacroke on Saturday since the water was only 60-61 off OI. We had 65 at Hatteras inlet and a little temperature break 5 miles down ocacroke but never warmer than 67.5. We didnít see a fish and most boats we talked to said the same. It appears this persistent north north east flow has moved cooler water in tight to the beach. Donít know what this means for the migration north to VA? Heading out today to hopefully find em . Winds are nne again but hopefully lighter than the 20 knots we had yesterday afternoon.
If the cow nose rays are here, the cobia are here. The rays are here.

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