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I just got a Cobia 26 but  I don’t know any spots to fish I have heard fowey rocks isn’t bad because there is a ledge there and right of the double diamonds for Pelagics but I’ve heard it’s overfished can anyone give me a spot where I can maybe get some Yt and some mutton or grouper


  • evernic1evernic1 Posts: 1,006 Officer
    those spots are more precious than Bitcoin...LOL
    New to me 9-17-2020 2008 Donzi 38 ZSF 3 X 300 Verados
  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 2,107 Captain
    Set up on any reef from 40' out to 90' and chum constantly. They will come to you. Especially at night.
  • catchemupcatchemup Posts: 490 Deckhand
    "can anyone give me a spot where I can maybe get some Yt and some mutton or grouper” .JSnooker2006

    Agree completely with evernic1…no one will share their honey hole numbers but there are plenty of good spots available in the public domain. Pick yourself up a good chart for local fishing. It will show bottom topography , artificial and natural reefs as well as patch reef waypoints. Some helpful charts are:

    FL Sportsman  Miami - Hallandale to Ocean Reef  Chart #CO9MIA
    TOP SPOT Miami Area Chart #N211
    WATERPROOF CHART Jupiter Inlet To Elliott Key Chart #23F/D

    Of course you can’t beat going out with a good guide and telling them you want to focus on catching bottom fish.  Once you got your methods down, it's all about the local knowledge as you know. Good luck.
  • JSnooker2006JSnooker2006 Posts: 40 Deckhand
    Thx for the chart I will give them a look
  • xeniaxenia Posts: 1,257 Officer
    Fish Triumph Reef in 45-50 for mangroves and yellowtail if the current is good (moving north at a nice clip).  Chum and flat line for the yellowtail, fish ballyhoo chunks or small live ballyhoo or live pilchards on the bottom for the mangroves.  Look for life in the fish finder and anchor up current.  If you get some live ballyhoo, or large dead bait including whole ballyhoo, speedos, goggle eyes or anything else you have, fish deeper in 80'-130' in the same area for grouper or mutons.  I prefer 80# braid with 15' of mono top shot with a swivel through the top tied to 24" of 50 lb line to a sinker, tie the top shot to another swivel and use a leader of adequate length for the current at the time.  More current = longer leader.  I will not tell you how long the leaders I have used since I need to keep some secrets but with strong currents.......  Be sure how you hook the bait doesn't cause it to spin in the current.  There are many different ways to present a bait and it's as important as what bait you are using.

    Good luck.
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