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Captain's Corner: Hard-fighting cobia cruising flats behind rays

What's hot: The warm weather has all the game fish in a feeding frenzy. Snook, redfish, trout and cobia are eating everything. Local artificial reefs are also being invaded by Spanish and king mackerel.

Finding cobia: The cobia are on the flats from Anclote to New Port Richey. They are following large stingrays looking for an easy meal. My favorite way to catch them is sightcasting with live bait. A tower boat gives the angler a big advantage in seeing the fish. Throw the bait about 6 to 8 feet in front of the cobia to avoid spooking the fish. I use large whitebait or pinfish fished under a cork. When fishing for cobia use 15- to 20-pound test line with a 40- to 50-pound monofilament leader.

Trout tips: The trout are everywhere, from shallow flats to the mouths of creeks and rivers. The best baits have been large live whitebait. The trout have been spooking easily, so use a push pole or trolling motor for a quiet approach.

Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.

Captain's Corner: Hard-fighting cobia cruising flats behind rays 03/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:03pm]
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