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Captain's Corner

This time of year, anglers have the opportunity to target many different species. Not only does the variety keep fishing from being mundane, it is challenging and extremely rewarding to target and catch something you have never hooked before.

By DAVE WALKER
Published May 15, 2007


This time of year, anglers have the opportunity to target many different species. Not only does the variety keep fishing from being mundane, it is challenging and extremely rewarding to target and catch something you have never hooked before.

What's hot: Cobia are a great option right now. They are known for their tenacity and phantom-like appearances. They have a knack for showing up when you least expect it. Time is of the essence during this phenomenon. They can disappear as fast as they come.

Tips: Carry a rod specifically rigged for cobia. They like plastic eels and other soft, plastic jerk-style baits. Having the rig ready will enable a quick cast or two before the fish gets out of sight. At times they can be pursued with trolling motors or even outboards. The best cast would be to bring the lure into their vision without landing too close. They are not known for being the smartest fish in the bay, but they will split if startled.

Tactics: A way to target the brown bruisers is to look for the large southern stingrays on the flats. It is common to have several fish following the same ray. Try to get in front of the target, and let them swim to you, if possible. A large, live bait is hard for a hungry cobia to resist. Medium-action spinning reels with large line capacities are advised. Once again, these are very powerful fish that require respect in and out of the boat. Cobia are famous for going berserk after capture. Trying to catch these or other types of fish is a learning experience and offer better angling diversity.