My Wife and I had a charter with Capt. Dave Kostyo “Knot Nancy”. Dave’s great and I highly recommend.
We launched around 3 pm and within 30 minutes we were in about 160 ft of water with a choppy southwest wind. Hot wind too.
We put out a couple of herring on 20 lb spinning outfits and slow trolled to stay in the blue water.
After 15 minutes we we got a hit – turned out to be a 25 lb blackfin. He is sashimi now.
We continue to slow troll, 10 minutes later two rods go off, so double header for me and J.
Solid run – fish was steady and stayed near the surface, Dave thought it was bonito, then we see a the head of something lunge out of the water about 75 yards out.
It looked like a turtle, and we assumed that a big turtle either ate J's bait or fish. She fought what she thought was a turtle for about 25 minutes, while I finally saw my first cobia – about 20 lbs – come to the boat.
Woohoo – I caught a cobia! And I proceeded to get slapped in the shins by the thing’s tail – nowhere to run on a 28 cc.
Meanwhile, J is still fighting what we assume is a turtle.
We backed down on it to get some line in. Dave estimated J had lost about 250 yards of line on this thing at one point.
I didn’t bother with the video, because I thought “sea turtle”…
This thing came to the surface right off the transom… homina-homina-homina… Cobia!
If you notice – the dorsal fin area of the fish was chewed-up… seems that a shark tried to take her while J was fighting it.
J’s cobia easily went over 60 lbs.
Anyone know a good cobia recipe? I have about 40 lbs of it in my fridge. :full
Great trip. Hard to beat a trip on the "Knot Nancy" way to go Dave.
As for cobia recipes, just about anything you come up with works, that's my wife's favorite. Check out fish recipes in Kitchen if you want to get creative, but with cobia, the simpler the better. Nice catch.