Cobia

Potential No. 3-ranked cobia landed in West Cameron blocks Friday

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.

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Occupy West Delta: Cobia fishing explodes around West Delta rigs

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?

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Cobia move in close to Port Fourchon during September

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.

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Grand Isle guide puts monster cobia in bay boat

Capt. Vernon Ledoux is a diehard speckled trout fisherman, but when he’s down on Grand Isle and the winds fall to a whisper, he has a hard time resisting the call of the offshore rigs. Yesterday (June 3), he felt that insatiable tug, so he and his wife Sherrie launched their 22-foot Bay Quest and headed 30 miles out to a rig they love. Their goal was a couple of red snapper for each of them, and they knew that wouldn’t be a problem.

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Cobia thick around near-shore rigs

When a group of outdoor writers and industry sponsors gathered in Venice for the annual Marsh Madness, most of the anglers had redfish on their minds. Not so for “Bay Boat” Steve Herbison and Eddie Permenter, both of whom were hoping to get to their boats to near-shore rigs for some cobia action. And Monday evening (Oct. 10) the wind finally relented, offering a short afternoon window of relatively calm seas in West Delta. And the fish were waiting. And they were hungry.

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