With the majority of the king fish moving offshore of St Pete Beach into deeper water I’ve started to move my focus to other species. Last week I ran my fishing charters up to Redington Beach, Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach to find trout and cobia. And we found plenty of both.
Anchoring over hard bottom I start chumming with live and cut baits to drawl the fish off the bottom and closer to the boat. Lately the trout have been the first takers of our baits. This time of year the trout are out on the beaches spawning so these are all really nice size trout. Most fish if not all were over 20″. We also catch spanish mackerel and the occasional flounder and redfish. After playing with these fish for a while it doesn’t take long for the cobia to show up.
Cobia are a very curious fish so they will swim right up to the boat to check us out. One trip this past week I had a customer say ” Hey Capt there’s about a 4 foot long brown thing underneath your motor”, 3 minutes later that “brown thing” was in the fish box. We caught 7 that day ranging from 10 -30 pounds. It’s also not uncommon catch 2 or 3 at a time because once you hook one the others like to follow the hooked fish around. Cobia have to be 33″ at the fork to keep and you are allowed 2 per person.
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Capt Kevin Walton
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