After having busted the drum the other the day, I got numerous calls letting me know that the cobias had popped up in "EPIC" numbers about 60 miles south of me. I was very excited to hear this, yet I was a little shocked, because it is a couple /few weeks early for them.
But, just cause they were early didn't mean that we wouldn't be hunting them the next day. :-)
Sure enough--they showed up in my spot the following day. No one or two fish pods, but rather 5-8 fish pods that turned 10 ft areas in the water brown.
Being in a yak limits your sight and mobility, as opposed to a moving boat with a tower, but I think I worked it as well as I could.
I deployed a bait on bottom using a fish finder rig and bluefish head, while standing and drifting. The bait on bottom helped slow the drift a little bit and kept me in the zone longer. I was working against a NE wind at 15-20 and a 1-2ft chop.
The wind would carry me fast without the bait on bottom, but the bait on bottom made for an interesting time standing in that chop, but I adjusted to it after a while.
The pic is of the 1st fish I sight casted too. A lil dink 40 incher, but in my neck of the woods was legal keeping size and perfect for the pan.;-)
The next fish I sighted came unglued after a few mins, because I just couldn't get him stuck good, since it kept running at me.
Next up was the bottom bait taking off making the clicker scream. It was a nice 40lber or more. I fought that one for a few mins, until --Ironically enough--a bluefish came through and hit me at the barrel swivel. Go figure.
The fourth and final fish I hooked was a nice 60lb-70lber. I sighted this stud and we did battle for nearly 15 mins. However, I had so much heat on that fish with 14lb test mono that the hook straightened..Lesson Learned.
It appears the weather is going to give me another crack at them today and I hope to put down the citation fish.
On another note.. There is monster schools of red and black drum looming, the lil spanish have shown up with big schools of albecore and I even had a snake king chase a lure to the yak. So, I am in a prime season right now and hope to catch a few different species each trip out for the next week or two.
I'll keep you informed..IF you in the NC area--I'd make my way over to Hatteras Island for an ocean trip, because the waters are alive..