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    Tackle for cobia

    Friend of mine brought his boat down to his beach house in frisco and one of the things he would like to do is cast for cobia
    whats a good rod and reel and what line




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    Penn 750, 850 950ss(made in america) ssm's will work but made in china, larger penn battle and feirce spinning reels, any decent reel with atleast 250 yards of 15 for off the boat. Anywhere from 8 to as heavy as you want to go within reasonable limits. At the pier ui use a 750ss with 300 yards+ of braid. Also sometimes use a penn 209.

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    Dam I was thinking 6000 stradic 30lb braid 6-6 med heavy rod

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    Cobia

    Don't know what size Cobia you been catching on 8 to 15 lb line but we use 50 to 65 lb braid and a 50 lb Floro shock....Sometimes I will drop down to 20 lb mono in open water but not often....I use an 8000 saragosa on a 7ft 2 Terez rated for 100 lb braid....Big Cobia are no joke. They will tail wrap or just cut with their back fin lite line or braid in about 1 second. I use 150 yds of braid on top of mono from the boat...You just follow them and stay close. You will still fight some of them for half an hour on 50 lb braid putting as much heat as you can on them. I fought one for almost an hour with the rod doubled over the whole time. When they get their head down in a current you have to put some real heat on them or you are going to be one tired dude by the time that Cobia gives up. 6000 with 30 would work on a lot of cobia but if you run across that 90 lbder you are going to be wishing you had her hooked on 50 lb line. The 6000 Stradic will be just fine... I like a 7 or even an 8 ft med heavy or heavy rod. Just my opinion but I Target them hard all summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NC KingFisher View Post
    Penn 750, 850 950ss(made in america) ssm's will work but made in china, larger penn battle and feirce spinning reels, any decent reel with atleast 250 yards of 15 for off the boat. Anywhere from 8 to as heavy as you want to go within reasonable limits. At the pier ui use a 750ss with 300 yards+ of braid. Also sometimes use a penn 209.
    I live here in Frisco,and have caught cobia off piers and out of a boat for the last 35plus years.. Yes you can catch them on 15,but my question would be,why? As surfrat said,you could have a fish that wieghts 90lbs keep you there all day pulling.. I fish with 250 yards of 30lb fireline,length of 80 lb mono to jig,an 8' rod,plenty of heat on em,they still take half hr 45min on a biggun.. If you have ever had one in a current,or sulling on the bottom kinda like a ray,or accidentally foulhooked one in the peck,you'd understand 15 just ain't cuttin it... jmho Nothing personal here,as I said,have caught them on as low as 8 back in the "bouyhopping days" when I lived in Va.. That was when I was young,and didn't mind being attached to a big fish for an hr and a half....

    Quote Originally Posted by 9 rock View Post
    Friend of mine brought his boat down to his beach house in frisco and one of the things he would like to do is cast for cobia
    whats a good rod and reel and what line




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    Jmo,braid is the ONLY way to go,as far as hooksetting ability it is key.. I use 30lb fireline,even 20lb fireline,both are as strong as 30plus mono,so you CAN lean back and put some heat on em... 7' rod will work,but as far as sightcasting at any distance,get an 8' with plenty of backbone,that you can throw accurate.. Far as reels Kingfisher has some good ones up there that won't break the bank,I'll add the penn slammer to that as well.. Have at least 200 yards of line on the reel,with a good mono attached to the jig 50-80lb..
    As surfrat said,you're in a boat and you can chase.. ALTHOUGH on that note,I have had as many as 3 on at a time,and they were all nice fish.. You may have to make a dicission..

    Quote Originally Posted by surf rat View Post
    Don't know what size Cobia you been catching on 8 to 15 lb line but we use 50 to 65 lb braid and a 50 lb Floro shock....Sometimes I will drop down to 20 lb mono in open water but not often....I use an 8000 saragosa on a 7ft 2 Terez rated for 100 lb braid....Big Cobia are no joke. They will tail wrap or just cut with their back fin lite line or braid in about 1 second. I use 150 yds of braid on top of mono from the boat...You just follow them and stay close. You will still fight some of them for half an hour on 50 lb braid putting as much heat as you can on them. I fought one for almost an hour with the rod doubled over the whole time. When they get their head down in a current you have to put some real heat on them or you are going to be one tired dude by the time that Cobia gives up. 6000 with 30 would work on a lot of cobia but if you run across that 90 lbder you are going to be wishing you had her hooked on 50 lb line. The 6000 Stradic will be just fine... I like a 7 or even an 8 ft med heavy or heavy rod. Just my opinion but I Target them hard all summer.
    I remember you posting that baiting was a great way to do it,and you had better success doing it that way....I'm with ya,glad to see you're into the sightcasting thing as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumdum View Post
    I live here in Frisco,and have caught cobia off piers and out of a boat for the last 35plus years.. Yes you can catch them on 15,but my question would be,why? As surfrat said,you could have a fish that wieghts 90lbs keep you there all day pulling.. I fish with 250 yards of 30lb fireline,length of 80 lb mono to jig,an 8' rod,plenty of heat on em,they still take half hr 45min on a biggun.. If you have ever had one in a current,or sulling on the bottom kinda like a ray,or accidentally foulhooked one in the peck,you'd understand 15 just ain't cuttin it... jmho Nothing personal here,as I said,have caught them on as low as 8 back in the "bouyhopping days" when I lived in Va.. That was when I was young,and didn't mind being attached to a big fish for an hr and a half....



    Jmo,braid is the ONLY way to go,as far as hooksetting ability it is key.. I use 30lb fireline,even 20lb fireline,both are as strong as 30plus mono,so you CAN lean back and put some heat on em... 7' rod will work,but as far as sightcasting at any distance,get an 8' with plenty of backbone,that you can throw accurate.. Far as reels Kingfisher has some good ones up there that won't break the bank,I'll add the penn slammer to that as well.. Have at least 200 yards of line on the reel,with a good mono attached to the jig 50-80lb..
    As surfrat said,you're in a boat and you can chase.. ALTHOUGH on that note,I have had as many as 3 on at a time,and they were all nice fish.. You may have to make a dicission..



    I remember you posting that baiting was a great way to do it,and you had better success doing it that way....I'm with ya,glad to see you're into the sightcasting thing as well..
    I have 2 5000 stradics and 2 550 pen ss with 30lb braid , too small?

    Hey maybe if u want to come for a boat ride when the time comes u can give us some tips ,,


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    Quote Originally Posted by 9 rock View Post
    I have 2 5000 stradics and 2 550 pen ss with 30lb braid , too small? 9
    Not if your going to chase them down with the boat.
    Caught a citation Cobia on 20# mono while anchored with live bait, outside Masonboro Jetty.
    And another citation on 80# braid using BWC Roscoe jig, edge of the Stream ........
    Blue Water Candy makes some of the best Cobia bucktail jigs around.

    Better to go with heavier braid than mono.
    Always have something ready & rigged for Cobia when leaving the inlets .......
    Hope this helps ....... ICM

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    I use a Daiwa Saltist 6500 with 65# powerpro on a med heavy rod with a stiff tip. If you are looking for an all around set up for boat and pier, The stiff tip allows you to throw heavier bucktails if you want or if you choose to cobia fish off piers, allows you to muscle the fish out of the pilings if needed. The heavier test line can save you from the barnacles on pilings or boatrash when the fish decides to go under your boat. If you are looking for more of a challenge from a boat, use a lighter rod with lighter line and let your drag get a workout!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9 rock View Post
    I have 2 5000 stradics and 2 550 pen ss with 30lb braid , too small?

    Hey maybe if u want to come for a boat ride when the time comes u can give us some tips ,,


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    Sounds like good outfits to me..Just me,but I use a lighter outfit,360 slammer with 30 fireline,which I think I'm going back to 20 this year.. Used 20 for years with no problems,and no doubt it cast better... Far as going out in your boat,would love to,but I have folks that charter me and got to look after them.. If I have a day open would be glad to tag along though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9 rock View Post
    I have 2 5000 stradics and 2 550 pen ss with 30lb braid , too small?

    Hey maybe if u want to come for a boat ride when the time comes u can give us some tips ,,


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    That will work fine. yes you need heavier tackle for big cobia but i hope the big ones will go for the 9/0 on the pier. The 250 of 15 setup was for smaller fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC KingFisher View Post
    That will work fine. yes you need heavier tackle for big cobia but i hope the big ones will go for the 9/0 on the pier. The 250 of 15 setup was for smaller fish.
    On obx there are times when you WILL SEE a 90lber,and MANY TIMES you WILL see a 40 to 80lber... I'm with ya on the small setup.. Last year I caught three that were barely keepers on 6lb fireline with a 2000 Battle and speckle trout rod,one from a boat and two from the planks.... One of them jumped like a tarpon at least 3 or 4 times during the fight and all of them pulled at least 50yrds or more... Like I said,with ya on the light tackle with smaller fish,although have another rod that can handle the bigguns that you may also see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumdum View Post
    Sounds like good outfits to me..Just me,but I use a lighter outfit,360 slammer with 30 fireline,which I think I'm going back to 20 this year.. Used 20 for years with no problems,and no doubt it cast better... Far as going out in your boat,would love to,but I have folks that charter me and got to look after them.. If I have a day open would be glad to tag along though...
    Ken, Please keep a rod loaded with 30# for me, I would have died last yr with 20# !!!!!! Heck for drum ya can drop to 12# for all I care, but keep 30# foe the cobia, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumrun View Post
    Ken, Please keep a rod loaded with 30# for me, I would have died last yr with 20# !!!!!! Heck for drum ya can drop to 12# for all I care, but keep 30# foe the cobia, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Actually,you could have put as much heat on him as you did with the 30.. Trust me on this,I've pulled on em with that 20,it's almost like 40 mono....

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    going to give cobia fishing a try next week when were at nags head, i have never caught our fish for them before. was going to launch yak from surf and see what happens here's my plan feel free to chime in. have cut or live bait on heavier combo( avet lx on a 7'6" st croix musky rod) and toss metel and jigs on lighter set up( you don't want to know..lol) for bait. live bait better then cut? bottom fishing or live lining? what bait?( was thinking small blues or croker), water depth? any other tips would very appreicated. thanks and tight lines justin

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose22dog View Post
    going to give cobia fishing a try next week when were at nags head, i have never caught our fish for them before. was going to launch yak from surf and see what happens here's my plan feel free to chime in. have cut or live bait on heavier combo( avet lx on a 7'6" st croix musky rod) and toss metel and jigs on lighter set up( you don't want to know..lol) for bait. live bait better then cut? bottom fishing or live lining? what bait?( was thinking small blues or croker), water depth? any other tips would very appreicated. thanks and tight lines justin
    Yeah thats good. For bait a spanish head, pogies, cut blue, live spot, or best of all live eel. BTW what is the smaller setup? And DD i checked 20lb fireline has a breaking strain of about 54.5 lbs

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    thanks kingfish was thinking off use a sliding sinker setup with 8/0 octopuss hook on a 80lb floro leader and let them run a little. i don't know of any bait store's that sell live eels out that way do you?? the small setup is a pink pflueger lady trion lol. i bought it about three years ago for the wife but she never's use's it, and i freaking love it. the setup 6'6 mh one piece with 30lb braid i forgot what size reel. atleast i dodn't have worry about anyone stealing my pink rod and reel..lmao!! tight lines moose

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    Check TW's in Nags Head for some live eels. They should have some.

    Let us know how ya do!

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    That should be good for bg cobes bump it up to 100 or 125lb fluro. Bout a 3 foot leader will be the best. Live eels are harder to fish cause they get tangled so dont worry bout them unless sight casting

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    I fished live eels a few times mostly for Rock and a few times for Cobes off the planks

    I found that if one hooked them in the tail they did not get tangled up as much as when one lip hooked them, as they were more apt to swim away from the rig rather than into it.

    I also all ways want my leader longer than the fish I am after so I do not get broke off on a tail wrap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garboman View Post
    I fished live eels a few times mostly for Rock and a few times for Cobes off the planks

    I found that if one hooked them in the tail they did not get tangled up as much as when one lip hooked them, as they were more apt to swim away from the rig rather than into it.

    I also all ways want my leader longer than the fish I am after so I do not get broke off on a tail wrap
    A guide down here,last year had one cut him off... Not with a tailwrap,but with that evil barb they have at the dorsal.... Haven't had that happen yet,as I only run about 2' of leader,as does the other guide I was speaking of....

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    thanks for the tips guys, i'v only used live ells once up in cape cod for stripers. and rember them tangling up and being a pain to handle think i used a brilo pad to grab them while hooking.

    DD.. other than the barb on there dorsal what else should i watch out for on them? teeth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose22dog View Post
    thanks for the tips guys, i'v only used live ells once up in cape cod for stripers. and rember them tangling up and being a pain to handle think i used a brilo pad to grab them while hooking.

    DD.. other than the barb on there dorsal what else should i watch out for on them? teeth?
    No problem with the sandpaper in their mouth,but that barb can be nasty... I've never had my line cut off by one,but while gaffing a freinds cobe and throwing it in the boat,got cut across the shin with it... Always be careful of a green cobe,tappem with the gaff and gett'm to run a little more if you think he's green.. Those rascals can flat out tear up a boat...

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    When I fish for them from a boat the first thing I do when I get him in the boat is throw a wet towel over his head. It's not always easy but it calms them down a bit.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumrun View Post
    Ken, Please keep a rod loaded with 30# for me, I would have died last yr with 20# !!!!!! Heck for drum ya can drop to 12# for all I care, but keep 30# foe the cobia, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That feesh was a beast!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisCapePoint View Post
    That feesh was a beast!!!
    So were the other two with her,shame we couldn't get'm hooked up... Then we'da seen who was tuffer,you or Randy.....

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