Another Whale Shark, Another Cobia - 2 weeks in a row!!

Headed out Sunday afternoon to try for some gags but it was pretty rough when I  came out of honey moon pass.. stiff NW saebreeze..Decided to just head out and get bait offshore. Set up over some hard bottom which was marking bait. Started sabikiing with not much luck when we see a giant shape coming up from bottom. Whale shark!!! Comes right to the chum bag and is sucking chum out of it..WOW..bumps the bracket several times with his head, cobias and fish are everywhere..CHAOS..Im scrabbling for my go pro. Sons throwing a hogy jig but they wouldn't bite it

Thankfully, my son did insist of bringing some shrimp. Next time the whale shark appeared he pitched a shrimp on a cork and boom!
I tried it too but got a Bonita and a bar jack..:( the whale shark probably came up to us 8 -10 times during our 3 hrs there.. He wasn't eating on the surface like last week so it was hard to see where he was until hes on top of us.

I missed the feeding shot but go a pretty good one on another pass..  lots of bonitas and finally bull sharks. I put a hurting on one and said we're done son.

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  • backwatercolebackwatercole Posts: 26 Greenhorn
    Incredible!  
  • stpetebaitmanstpetebaitman Posts: 885 Officer
    Unreal!
  • releasegearreleasegear Posts: 680 Officer
    Unreal!

    Trent - now hes officially spoiled !!
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  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 3,548 Captain
    Better play the lotto and stay away from thunderstorms. What are the odds of that?

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • BfiBfi Posts: 40 Greenhorn
    Wow! Congrats to you! How far off was the whale shark? 
  • GratefulEdGratefulEd Posts: 305 Deckhand
    Good job!
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 3,981 Captain
    Really cool!
    Tight Lines, Steve
    My posts are my opinion only.
  • sas0061sas0061 Posts: 72 Greenhorn
    Did you have any issue with the hogy where they would draw A LOT of attention to it, even follow it, but never bite? Had this issue before..
  • releasegearreleasegear Posts: 680 Officer
    Bfi said:
    Wow! Congrats to you! How far off was the whale shark? 
    thx - i was about a mile from last weeks encounter. 60 - 65 ft
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  • releasegearreleasegear Posts: 680 Officer
    sas0061 said:
    Did you have any issue with the hogy where they would draw A LOT of attention to it, even follow it, but never bite? Had this issue before..
    yes - they would charge it and stop short of striking..
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    Born Offshore Gear
    www.bornoffshore.com

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  • SalmonHawkSalmonHawk Posts: 88 Greenhorn
    Awesome!!

  • SalmonHawkSalmonHawk Posts: 88 Greenhorn
    Awesome!!

  • pjepje Orlando , FlPosts: 515 Officer
    That is awesome 
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 2,928 Captain
    Nice cobia!
    God, save the South!
  • rockzillarockzilla Posts: 26 Greenhorn
    edited June 27 #16
    So cool. 
  • Tampa_HooksetTampa_Hookset Tampa, FLPosts: 3 Greenhorn
    Man that is an incredible sight!!!!
  • GulfCoast1102GulfCoast1102 Posts: 47 Greenhorn
    Am I reading this right? OP mentioned 65 feet of water. That's +/- 20 miles out of St Pete. Are we really getting whale sharks in that close, and that shallow? I know they weren't terribly uncommon off the Texas coast. But was usually 40-60 miles out; 150-300 feet of water or more. Awesome photos!
  • Kokosing LoverKokosing Lover Posts: 411 Deckhand
    Last couple of years there have been a lot of confirmed sightings (more than previously) and pretty close in (closer than previously).  We're seeing them more often and closer in, yes.

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