So I've been having the itch to get offshore for my first time ever and I ended up pulling the trigger and made the trip down to Pompano with some members from my kayak fishing club. We ended up hitting the water at 645 and paddled out to 280 ft initially. my plan was to learn how to vertical jig since i never had tried it before but I also rigged up a goggle eye and threw it overboard. Started jigging in 280 and my buddy immediately hooks up with a decent Bonita. We decided to go into 260ft and I finally had my first hook up, after a couple minute fight on my 5000 series reel I'm surprised to see a nice 24" snapper. I was told it was a Mutton but after some research i believe it was a silk snapper because of the yellow eye but I could be mistaken.
After I got the snapper in the bag we ended up paddling back north to the same spot where I caught that fish, the current was ripping south so it took some time but it was well worth it. Got over the spot and marked some fish on my fish finder, dropped the jig down, yelled to my fellow yakkers that I was marking fishing, and immediate hookup after a couple quick turns of the reel. The fish initially didn't feel that heavy and came up to the surface rather easily, but once that brown back saw my kayak it took off and did not want to be caught. To make matters worse I didn't have a gaff with me. Luckily 3 other people with me did! It took about 10 mins to get the fish to the yak and another 5 to coordinate the gaffing but I eventually got the beast in the PA14. Lesson learned, I will be buying a gaff today. I called it a day after those two fish as I really didn't have anymore room, so I made the long peddle back to the beach. Measure the Cobia at 50", I'd say 40+ lbs hard to say exact weight. Had some photo ops with some beach goers and rushed home to filet those 2 fish.
Not a bad first day offshore I'd say, definitely addicted, I'll be back soon, maybe tomorrow
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