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So last year, not sure what time of year, I caught a small, 16" or so, cobia from the beach in the mouth of the yacht club on radio island. Is it common to catch cobia from the beach when they are running? Do they get that close. I know one of the reports on here said that cobia are being caught along the Atlantic Beach area. Are they talking offshore or close enough to catch from the surf?
 

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I've caught at least 20 under 20inches in the last 2 years fishin either from shore or from my yak inshore and near inlets. I have always wondered the same, but i'm thinkin that we are just catchin the really young on their way in to feed and grow up. IDK, most reports you see of people catchin cobia are offshore still this time of year.
 

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I know of two 40 inchers caught this past week within 1000ft of the beach
 
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It's not uncommon to get the soaking bait in the turning basin.. They come in through the deeper channels. I've gotten some 24-30's off the coast guard docks.
 

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I think Fort Macon is all out of whack with the dredging going on.
 

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Keeper size and larger cobia are being caught within sight of the beach. I have a friend who got one in a jon boat very close to shore. I've heard of quite a few caught from shore at buxton already this year.
 

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Not to mention that 10-15 cobia have been caught from Ocean Crest Pier so far this season... one close to 50 lbs.
 

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We hooked up 4 this weekend anchored 300' off the beach at CALO, only boated 1.

But, there are a few folks I know that live at the condos beside the radio island beach. They catch several this time of year, every year. But the cobia keep right on past that to. In 2010 I caught a 30" off the town creek marina docks fishing with squid.

Something else that's not well known is that they travel the ICW between bogue and beaufort inlets. I know of a spot right on the ICW past AB bridge that they frequent in #'s.


So yes, they are inshore as trout this time of year. The next time you are at RI look for the crowd soaking baits off that dock and ask them. The year before last, he got one in the 60lb range.
 

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That's awesome. Good information to know. I thought maybe the one I caught at RI was a fluke.
 

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Anybody ever catch them off the beach around bogue inlet? I'll be in that area next weekend
Yes, many are caught out of that inlet. I'm sure the bogue inlet pier has pulled some up to. Speaking of that, I think I'll check their reports out.
 

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Cobia spawn like a lot of pelagic fish do. They spray and the mix is in with the plankton until it finds it source fertilization.

I don't see why they couldn't do this inshore, since they do frequent the inshore areas.

I do know they spend their winter way down south, and a lot of the ones off our coasts come primarily from the gulf of Mexico.
 
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