First Trip, First fish...cobia 8/19/12

Met up with Andriod this morning for first trip off Dania Pier. He was kind enough to lend me a jigging rod, jig and point me in the right direction. After sunrise broke the ice with small bonito. Followed his lead and kept drifting and jigging. Lost a trigger fish but was good sign. Lost a jig to a mystery break off. Re-rigged and saw a boil and threw the jig in that direction. Fish on and I was sure it was an amberjack. Got color and to my surprise cobia! Frank the Tank (showed em around Matheson Hammock a while back) and his brother were close and Frank tried gaffing a few times. After it slowed we put it between us and Frank grabbed it...thanks again. Measured in at 50 1/2 inches. Thought it was time to head in but Android saved me again with the fish bag.
Kept drifting and added another trigger fish and alamaco jack. GREAT first day and Android friends made it a team effort for sure.


  • bugdocbugdoc Posts: 421 Officer
    It was nice to see everyone out there. My day started with my jigging reel locking up by 9AM, so I had to resort to my less sturdy trolling reel. I had the drag set light for trolling and forgot to tighten it up for jigging, when a large something hit. The line went zipping off and by the time I realized the drag was set too light I was down to the backing. Cranked up the drag and line popped, leaving me with one broken reel and one reel without any line. called it a day. Cerveza S Bueno managed a bonito and Frank said he had a big Almaco. Time for a new reel for labor day sale. (I don't get anything expensive enough to be worth repairing).

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  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 2,676 Captain
    Great report!...
    That's a fierce first day out!...

    Good advice bugdoc! If you lose it to mother ocean...
    You haven't lost!
    God, save the South!
  • FLATS BROKEFLATS BROKE Posts: 2,060 Captain
    Nice Cobia!!!!
  • newyorkernewyorker Posts: 125 Officer
    Great start to the addiction.. :fishing
  • PottymouthPottymouth Posts: 1,547 Officer
    Congrats. Great cobia...
  • ZimmerNoleZimmerNole Posts: 9,244 Officer
    Nice cobe! What tore up that bonita?
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  • SaltysackSaltysack Posts: 463 Officer
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  • palmbeachpetepalmbeachpete Posts: 2,618 Captain
    Nice size cobia.:beer
  • Baxter22Baxter22 Posts: 47 Deckhand
    Thanks all for replies and definitely inspired by your examples. I fished Dania years ago when my then Tarpon 160 with double hatches was latest and greatest but had no clue and no one to go with. Best day was multiple break offs and saving a divers life who got in trouble looking for lobster. New Yorker I have been very addicted to fishing for some years now (learned to fish as an adult in 01) all in shore (except when invited to off shore in friends who own boats) but you can bet this triggered another instinct and fighting every urge to call in "fish" when i am driving across bear cut and it is lake atlantic. Zimmer the bonito was cut up by me for belly strips but note to self not the best idea leaving it in the footwell as it leaves a nice trail!

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