Congratulations to Jay Riordan for submitting the best Cobia picture this week. He lives in Tampa and fishes everywhere! Congrats on capturing a great photo of your friends.
LOCATION & HABITAT
Cobia are found in tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate waters around the world, except in the Eastern Pacific. In U.S. waters, they’re most abundant from Virginia south through the Gulf of Mexico. Cobia migrate seasonally in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Along the Atlantic coast, they move south and offshore toward warmer waters during the late fall and winter. Cobia found in the northeastern Gulf during the summer move to south Florida waters in the winter, possibly spending the winter near the Florida Keys.
Cobia are pelagic – they live near the surface of the water column. They prefer to live near any structure in the water (buoys, debris, shipwrecks, and artificial reefs) or large animals (sharks, turtles, and stingrays). Cobia are rarely seen in large groups. Adult cobia tend to travel alone or in small groups.
Congratulations to Joe Maisano of Go Fast Fishing Charters – He won this weeks GRUNT Photo of the week contest. GRUNTZILLA! Caught in 60′ of water southwest of John’s Pass November 30th, 2014. He is the photographer and captain – pictured is a client.
This weeks photo topic was in honor of the 4th Annual Great American Grunt Hunt Tournament that we proudly sanction. This fishing tournament is great for family and friends. The species, Grunt, are easily caught and it really could be a win for any angler no matter the age or way you fish. This year they added in Hogfish as well and boy was their quite a few hook and line Hogfish brought to the scales as well. We had beautiful weather all weekend to have such a great time. The best part of this event …. THE FISH FRY! Everyone donates their grunt to be filleted and fried onsite. It reminds me of old school days of from the dock to plate we used to get here.
Check out all the photos and results to the tournament – click here.
Congratulations to Daniel Skelton with an 18.5lb Hogfish shot stone cold in the Florida Middle Grounds! He is the winner of this weeks Photo of the Week Hogfish.
Until recently, Hogfish has been known as an elusive species that only Divers and Spearfisherman caught. They are a reef species that picks at their food despite their large mouth. While fishing for them you may catch numerous other species, including: grouper, grunt, seabass, triggerfish, mackerel and much more. They sit on the bottom and most people report catching them hook and line with chicken rigs and shrimp as bait. They key is right tackle … we recommend light gear and be quick on the draw to reel (not yank).
- FWC Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net
- Federal and State limits: 12″ TL (fed) to fork (state); 5 per person per day
Hogfish are a reef species that inhabit rocky bottoms, ledges and reefs throughout Florida’s off-shore waters. They are easily identified by their long, hog-like snout, which allows them to feed on bottom-dwelling mollusks and crustaceans. Hogfish are considered to be not just good eating … but GREAT eating fish.
Check out this video showing some nice Hogs…. https://youtu.be/G5CObHELMmA by: Hogfish Feeding Frenzy