Cobias are Here in South Walton!

March 16, 2012 by Larry Pentel

The weather has finally turned to perfect and I got to run several trips the past few days. As the title says, the big news is the first cobia of the season (2012) was brought in to Grayton Beach today.

Capt Tyler Hammond on the "Too Dead Fish" set the bar high with a 67 pound fish caught by his charter yesterday morning. I don't know who was more excited, the angler or the captain!

While we still have to release all Groupers and Red Snappers (Red Grouper re-open April 1), that doesn't mean you can't have fun catching and releasing 'em.
 

Her first ever fish-- and a fine one !
 

" We got more than enough for dinner capt'- can you put me on a Grouper ?"
 

Another first time Grouper catcher- I think he'll be back.
 
Even spending time doing the catch and release thing we have been filling up the board with dinner fish no problem.

A fine one for dinner and another just for the pull.
 

These folks ended up giving away most of what we kept.
 

Even the shorter afternoon trips have had the board full.
 

These Gals had twice this many still in the cooler.

The fishing should just get better and better as the water warms. There were Spanish in the surf yesterday and today and the bait should start showing up any day. The Cobia run will kick in in earnest within the next week and the Kings won't be far behind. The jacks are still here but have been hit pretty hard the past two weeks and are not an "easy" catch like they were a month ago. Time to sharpen up those cobia hooks!

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Captain Larry Pentel is a native of South Walton, growing up just 300 yards from the beach. Having fished the local waters for over 40 years, he is very familiar with all the different types of local fish, their habits, and most importantly - their habitats. Captain Larry is the owner of Dead Fish Charters

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