Finally got to fish a couple of Cobia trips Friday and Sat. Wind was howling so the only option was to fish Captain Cefus's honey hole. No menhaden in sight so we sight fished until the tide started in good and then anchored up near the marker and put small hooks baited with squid on the bottom and began catching Whiting and small Bluefish. We also sent down some whole squid. About 1/2 tide after we had fought off a dozen or so Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks a bite turned into a small 32" Cobia that ate a whole Squid. Most baits could not stay down more than a couple of minutes due to the other critters. That Cobia got everyone's attention and the enthusiasm to man the bait rods doubled. A 1lb Bluefish came over the side and I immediately sent it down on one of the larger circle hooks we had rigged, true to form the bait was not in the water long before the drag screamed but this time the fish came to the top almost instantly and shaked it's head eyeballing us as we all shouted " That's a Keeper". Lots of high 5's after about a 10 minute battle to wear the fish out so I could safely gaff the Cobia and put him on board. He still managed to slip off the gaff and flop around pounding the side of the boat with his tail.
Saturday was about the same program except we had to wait until almost high tide to get our first Cobia that was about an inch short. The Shark bite was also not as good as Friday. Great to get that first keeper of the season in the Boat