Spent the weekend fishing a cobia tournament in Destin, FL. If you're not familiar with cobia fishing, I'll run through the basics for you. These fish are mainly caught by sight fishing, from a tower, using jigs or live bait. The most popular bait is live eels, but they'll eat just about anything, given the opportunity.
It's not uncommon to ride for hours and not see a fish. Especially these last few years. The cobia population has took a huge dive over the past ten years. This particular tournament, there were less than 20 fish weighed the entire weekend. We saw only four fish, and we only got a shot at one. After about a ten minute fight, the hook pulled and we lost the fish.
It was a fun change of pace for a few days, but is was also a sad reminder of a fishery that is in need of attention. Seeing a pair of fish used to be almost common, now to see 2 fish swimming together is almost unheard of. I hope, sometime within the near future, someone will take notice and make laws against killing all these big female fish while they are full of eggs.