No King

I left the cobia alone and tried for an early king. I caught cobia. I also caught ribbonfish and big red drum. I had four of those hooked at the same time…that was fun. I was only trolling plugs. Those trolling spoons had a good catch of Spanish mackerel. There were reports of king sightings and king bite offs but no catches. I had no encounters.

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Morning Cobia

Ran out early. Caught, tagged and released 3 cobia. Started catching sharks. Came in for lunch. My dental assistant, Meghan Wells, was today’s angler.

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Morning Cobia

Went back out after cobia this morning. Caught and released 6.

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Birthday Cobia

Started out my birthday with a little cobia fishing. Caught 6 cobia and was back in for lunch.

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Cobia

We went cobia fishing yesterday. Caught six chumming in the morning. One was a strangely spotted fish and it had a deep gash on its dorsal. We then ran across the bay and spotted a couple on the way to the tarpon grounds. They will be here later this month and I wanted to get a good track on the new electronics. Bounced bottom a bit but we got there and back. We then set up for drum without any luck. We did not drum fish long as I was fishing again in the morning.
My dental assistant had fished for cobia but had never caught one. I thought that was silly. She has now caught two.
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Today’s Cobia

Ran back out today. Managed to catch a cobia before the storms chased me in. I missed a few and broke one off. It looks to be another good cobia season.

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Cobia This Morning

I ran out and did some cobia fishing this morning and ran back in to beat the storms. I caught and released 6 cobia, missed others, and pulled the hook on one. The guys that get out on Monday (opening day), should do well.
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Commission Meeting Cobia

Today was the monthly meeting of the VMRC. This usually means a day away from the dental office in a coat and tie. Because of this “social distancing” thing, today’s meeting was held online. It still meant a day away from the office but there was no coat and tie. I wasn’t even wearing shoes. After the meeting, I did slip on some shoes and jumped into the boat for an afternoon cobia trip. I caught two, missed one, and pulled off a big one after it led me for a few laps around the boat. If I was going to loose it, now was a good time. It would have hurt more next week when the season is open.
There is a required (free) cobia permit again this year along with mandatory reporting. For details:  https://mrc.virginia.gov/
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Baby Cobia

I fished the edge of Poquoson Flats this afternoon. Missed a couple, pulled the hook on one, and caught a little cobia. I’ll get a bigger one when the season opens June 1.

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Winning

Well, a little bit of the year still to go . A Healthy Grin fish is leading the state. Hang in there Keith!

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