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love, hate & the cobia chase

Snow Leadin

    Let it be known to all who read the following that I am not a writer. I am a photographer. A photographer of all things fishing. I love capturing those moments in fishing that go along with “fishstories” and I wanted to share a fishing experience I had once. So here goes ...
    The crisp air in the spring is welcomed with open arms as it means that the summer offshore fishing season is near, and being a fishing community along the Gulf of Mexico, I can assure you that is what we live for here. But first, we will cobia fish. It's been called everything from “poor-man's fishing” to “Unicorn Fishing” but whatever you wish to call it, it's fishing nonetheless. Fishing for cobia is usually done by sight fishing.
    With baits rigged, the boats leave each morning and creep up and down the coast in search of the brown fish known as the “crab cruncher” for its voracious appetite for crab. Some days the conditions are just right and some days they are not, but those who love this type of fishing don't care.
    They will don the appropriate clothing, and head on out.
    Cobia season in the northern Gulf of Mexico signals the end of the “winter” that we southerners must endure each year (ha!). Each spring, after having sat idle for a few months, the local boys are out and about scouring the coast in search of the elusive cobia, working out any early boat issues from having being idle and getting their sea legs back in shape.
    The cobia run usually starts in late March and runs into early May. Some fish have been caught inshore into mid-May but they usually migrate on down the line and move offshore.
    I have had the opportunity to fish with many captains out of Orange Beach, Alabama. Some of them love the cobia season while others, not so much. It truly is a love-hate kind of fishing. You may go a whole season not even seeing a fish or you may have an outstanding season catching a tournament-winning slob. You never know. As fishermen, we know that it’s not just about catching a fish. It's about being out there. Not stuck at your desk. Not on some conference call, or worrying about your worries.
    It's about being in the salt air, on your boat, reflecting on the good things ... Fishing!
    To be a successful cobia fisherman, you have to put in the hours. In all types of conditions. You won't catch a cobia if you are sitting at the dock. Some of the most successful teams are out there everyday, rain or shine, blowing or not. I do think that the cobia tend to prefer a little chop in the water myself.



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