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QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby proangler » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:19 pm

Hello everyone,

Just came back from a camping trip at Double Island, and with very little surf and no wind dad and I launched on Saturday in pristine conditions.

The signs weren't looking favorable, with no birds or surface action apart from a few dolphins cruising behind the surf. After a couple of hours all we had to show for our efforts were a couple of small flathead and the odd grinner chucked in. I decided to call it quits and had paddled about 20m when dad started yelling. I turned around and saw he had a nice healthy bend in his rod. At first dad called it for a shark but when it surfaced we saw a nice cobia! I came over and gaffed it for him as he had left his behind. It ended up that dad had just dropped a unweighted pilly down and due to the absence of wind it just floated down to the bottom, and the fish had hit it while the reel was still on freespool.

I decided to give this a go, and sure enough before it had hit the bottom my reel started humming. After a missed gaff shot that almost ended in tears where I bumped the lever drag into freespool, I managed to land another nice cobia, of a similar size to dads. With nothing else happening we decided to head back in, dad as usual ending up turtle but I managed to get in unscathed. I chucked together a quick vid of the events below.

Dads fish ended up weighing in at 12kg with mine slightly less.


Thanks for reading!

Cheers James
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Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby chriso » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:04 pm

nice fish fellas, looked like heaps of fun, keep em coming.
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Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby solatree » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:20 pm

Great pair of fish James - and wonderful vid (loved your surf in) - keep it coming :D
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Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby Squidder » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:30 pm

Cracking vid james, impressive surf riding and how good was the gaff shot on your dad's fish.
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Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby badmotorfinger » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:03 pm

I thought catching Cobia and getting through the surf was meant to be hard. Thanks for posting.
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Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby nad97 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:32 pm

Well done mate looks like a great day to be out there

Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby carnster » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:42 pm

Fun times boys & the vid was gr8. When you almost lost your fish, that is pretty much what happened to me this morn, i was trying to get the gaff before the hook came out, (he was only just lipped), but all good it is nice to let some go for once and i was glad not to have to fillet.
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Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby Davey G » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:37 am

Great stuff James, how good is DIP?
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Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby sunshiner » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:24 pm

Great report and vid, James. It's fantastic when you pull a result right at the end of a trip. Amazingly soft surf conditions too. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby DrJed » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:49 pm

Nice fish James & a cracker of a gaff job on your dads fish. Mate they aer a couple of really nice fish, well done and with some expert surfing to boot - kudos.

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Re: QLD: Double Island Cobia Twins

Postby kayakone » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:30 pm

Disgusting internet porn! Yet to catch a cobe.

well done james & dad


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