Is it just me or is everyone else wondering where all the Cobia went? We had a few good days of Cobia fishing and then… beautiful weather with an empty ocean. We must have seen a hundred rays with nothing on them… the good news is, this is also the time of year we start seeing Cobia free swimming out on the reefs. While you are out there slow trolling for Kings on the reefs keep an eye out off of the back of the boat for a Cobia that could be trailing you. If you are bottom fishing…keep an eye on what follows your fish up to the boat.
Good numbers of Dolphin have been caught the last few weeks and should only increase this month. Start in the 90-120 foot range as many seem to think you have to go to 300 feet right off the get-go. Unless someone is out there telling you to C’mon, start shallow…do not pass fish to look for fish. Look for color changes and temp breaks. Also look for weed lines and currents as that is a good place to start. I like to use smaller islander lures with small ballyhoo or strip baits. On bright sunny days go with the yellows, pinks or bright blues. On darker days go with black, red and purple colors.
Kingfish will continue to do well this month too. The best bait is going to be the “bunker” (pogies). Now that the water is warming up, live bait availability is much more consistent. Some days you may have to ride further south to get it and some days it’s right here in the port but, at least it’s around. Beach fishing is really starting to heat up as well. We’ve already seen some nice buoy line Kings and Tarpon. If the baits are around chances are there will be larger fish feeding. I start with 60# mono until I start getting cut off then I switch to #4 wire.
Shark fishing has been on fire as well. I know many say I don’t want to deal with sharks or you cant eat them. You are completely wrong. On light tackle they are so much fun and Blacktips are great to eat. Ever wonder why many restaurants are out of the shark kabobs? And I assure you, there’s no shark shortage. Just take what you will eat! No waste.
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