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Daily fishing report

By DAVE MISTRETTA
Published November 19, 2006


What's hot: Fishing has been great for weeks. There is plenty of action at our 10-mile artificial reefs. Giant sharks, grouper, cobia, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, small amberjacks, bonito and snapper top our target list. Our most exciting start occurred a few days ago. We were drifting across the reef catching four pinfish at a time on our sabiki rigs. A large school of cobias followed as we reeled in the baits. The result: Our largest brown bomber weighed a whopping 40 pounds.

Tackle: Fifty-pound test with a medium drag is best. If the drag is too tight cobia, will roll off the hook or snap the test. If the drag is too loose, the big cobias can swim down toward the structure and slice the line immediately.

Hot tip: If a cobia grabs your bait, free-spool the reel for a five-second count. This allows the hook to properly place itself in the corner of the jaw. Even a tough fish like a cobia has difficulty throwing the hook if it's located in the corner of its mouth. By the way, pinfish are one of the best baits for cobia.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call 727 595-3276, e-mail jawstoo@msn.com or see jawstoo.com.