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Old 02-27-2011, 12:05 PM
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I'm trying to put together another cobia rig. Went out yesterday and they are starting to show up. Only found 4 turtles and 1 ray but it was holding 4 cobes. We only managed to get one to bite though. At least it was big enough to split 4 ways.

I have a Shimano Baitrunner 3500 on a 6'6" Ugly Stick 12-20lb rod with no line in the corner of the garage. I also have a 300 yard spool of 20lb Powerpro green laying around. Is the 20lb pp good for the application with this rig? My 2 other cobia rigs are a bit heavier duty.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:33 PM
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I would want heavier than 20pp (I use 65pp). But, I also need to horse them around to keep them out of rigs.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:45 PM
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That was my concern, whether the pp was strong enough. I think the r&r can handle it.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:58 PM
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I use 20lb with a 8 foot 50lb shock leader.
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20lb powerpro will be great on that 3500 and is plenty strong enough. You will never lock the drag down on the baitrunner to overpower the 20lb PP. If you are fishing cobia off the beach then this setup will work on most if not all of the cobes you are gonna see. If you see a true slob then pick up a heavier rig and use that if you think he might outmatch your 3500. I have caught some big fish on my 3500 baitrunners and they will take a beating but never quit. I wouldn't put anything heavier than 20lb PP on that reel.

I am also in agreement with Misstrial b/c that setup isn't gonna be beefy enough to keep a fat cobe from heading for pilings or structure if he wants to go towards them. If you are fishing around structure then you are gonna need to pick up an entire rig that can handle that situation. I would recommend at least a 6000-8000 reel with 50lb+ braid and a stout rod to keep em under control. Just my .02

Good luck gettin them cobes! They have been thick down by us. I got 2 nice ones off a big sea turtle the other day. Not on hook and line though. Speared em!!!
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:21 PM
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My other rigs are Penn 750's. I Fish out of Port Canaveral so structure is not an issue.

85diver - that must be a trip shooting one of these crazy SOB's! The one we got yesterday was around 30lbs. The water is just getting warm enough here, right around 66-68.
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Sprockets,

I fish out of Sebastian. My rods I use for cobia are Trevala Spinning medium light with Spheros 5000 reels. I also have a set of custom Rods with 4000 Saragosa reels that I use and I have landed several decent fish as well as some tarpon and sharks on.

Got 3 here on Wednesday and gonna head out Tuesday this week again.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:26 PM
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Jeff..my cobia rig is a Shimano 4500 with 40# power pro and a StCroix 30# rod. I use a 60# fluoro leader and a 5/0 to 7/0 Owner circle hook.

We picked 3 nice ones off a whale shark off Pinellas county last year...

Not getting much action up here yet

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Hey Jeff, I use a star plasma 15-30 with a spheros 8000. I prefer to run 65 pound power pro and lock down the drag, if that isn't doing the job I palm the spool. I like to get a fish in the boat quick. We got into a few of them on Sunday.
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The largest cobia I ever caught was an appx 80# fish when I was tied off to a rig. He ate a jig tipped with cut bait while I was bottom fishing. I subdued that fish with 20# mono. Sometimes you just get lucky! When I target cobia near structure, I prefer heavier tackle. If I were fishing for the beach cruising cobia away from structure, I'd go with lighter tackle. You just have to be careful when they freak out beside the boat not to shock your line. I actually back off the drag a little when I get them close to the boat. Be prepared to dip your rod tip too. I have had them run the surface directly beneath the boat.

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Old 03-01-2011, 06:12 AM
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If you fish in open water your rig-up is plenty good enough...I love to tackle cobia on light tackle because it makes for a great fight...I already landed a 61 pounder that swam to the boat while chumming mangroves...had 30# mono, took a while but made a anxious fight...I normally use 80# jb but thats to horse them out the platforms
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