In response to a potential decline in cobia numbers, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering ways to reduce harvests — including increasing the minimum size limit, decreasing the possession limit, imposing a vessel limit — or some combination of all these measures.
Capt. Bill Lake isn’t known for offshore forays, but he decided to head into the Gulf and catch a few red snapper.
He discovered a welcomed bonus when cobia began cruising around his boat.
“We caught a 72-pounder and a 50-pounder, and two more smaller ones,” Lake said.
Cobia are one of my favorite fish to catch, but with only a 16-foot bay boat, my days at trying to get these tasty fish are very limited.
So I make sure to have the most enticing bait that no cobia can resist: barb-less hardhead catfish.
Grant Derouen was hoping to make a mangrove snapper haul out of Cameron last Friday morning, but rough conditions put an end to that plan.
So his group decided to target cobia when they noticed several swimming near the surface around a platform in the West Cameron blocks about 30 miles from the Cameron jetties.
Turns out it was a good move for Derouen, who ended up hooking a massive ling that, if certified by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, would become the new No. 3-ranked cobia in the state record books.
The shallow West Delta rigs are in kind of a funny place, as far as cobia are concerned. One would think that, as they make their migration across the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, cobia would stack up on the West Delta rigs during the spring, but that’s not the case. They do eventually occupy the West Delta rigs, but it’s not until September as they migrate along the Gulf Coast back to Florida. Why would they invade the West Delta rigs in September but not the spring?
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about offshore fishing is big rods, big reels, big line and even bigger boats. But as far as Scott Walker from Norco is concerned, there’s no need to stay home just because your stuff isn’t as big as an offshore charter captain.