Monday, June 28, 2010

Tampa Bay Macks And Cobia

Tampa Bay Fishing Report
Courtesy of CJ Flats Saltwater Charters
27 June 2010

Normally I do not fish for Spanish Mackerel, but when I do, I prefer to catch Cobia. You just never know what will show up in your chum line when fishing in Tampa Bay. This week anglers aboard the Ms. Guided participated in a Spanish Mackerel tournament. They weren’t thick like we see during the springtime migration, but the ones we did catch were very large. Overall we pulled 5 nice Mackerel across the gunnels and had several more break-offs, cut leaders, and other various missed opportunities. These fish were very leader shy; 30lbs Ohero Fluorocarbon Leader coupled with Eagle Claw 2X Long Size 1 Hooks with whitebait got the job done.

The Cobia hit the exact same rig and somehow knew which rod and reel combo is the geared the lightest. The little Shimano Stradic 3000 reel was only sporting 10lbs Ohero Braided Line. After 30 minutes of repeated runs, the Cobia got close enough for the net and measure 40+ inches at the fork. On the way back in, we made a quick stop at one of my favorite docks and pitched up a few shrimp: Bam! Instantly hooked-up and landed a slot-sized Redfish. All and all, not a bad a fishing Spanish Mackerel… To learn more about fishing in Tampa Bay or to schedule you next saltwater adventure, call Captain Jay Schroeder at 1-877-463-5420 or visit


Capt Jay Schroeder
CJ Flats Saltwater Charters


3 guys with macks and a cobia

spanish mackerel

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