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Been waiting and waiting to trailer south to Hatteras to join in on the Cobia blitz! Things worked out yesterday and we made the ride. We were a little worried after a 2 day north blow. The wind came back around out of the SE 5-10 and it was a beautiful morning, green water and 66-69 degrees. We rode a temperature change and tide line for over an hour looking and never saw a fish. Made the decision to run north to the shoals. We could tell we made the right choice when 30-40 boats appeared on the horizon. The fish were cruising the bottom (not on top) along the shoals in 5-8ft of water. There were a bunch of scattered big fish, never saw any pods or groups of fish. I spotted what I knew was a nice fish from the crows nest. I reached for the closest rod to me and slung a jig at him. Once he was on and drag started screaming I realized I had picked up my 7ft medium Tsunami/3000 battle combo I had brought along to throw at a smaller fish (thought it would be fun to fight a 20lb fish on that lighter setup). The battle was spooled with 20lb pp. It was a 35-40 minute fight (from the tower) and I worried every second he was gonna pop off. With good teamwork and good gaff shots he hit the deck. My biggest so far at 84lbs! Ready for the next one!
 

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It would not have happened without the man behind the wheel! That fish ran us all over the shoals, in front of and behind the 40-50 boats fishing the shoals. My shoulder and forearm are still worn out.
 
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