Capt. Billy Pipkin’s FISHING LINE

The delicate balance: enjoying fisheries while protecting resources

Tim Kinner and family caught a 62-inch-long cobia weighing more than 80 pounds. The fish was filled with eggs and was released

Whether you enjoy the heart-pounding, testosterone-filled fight of a 50-plus pound cobia, or just want to catch speckled trout on light tackle, the month of July will fulfill your pleasure.

Cobia fishing began in early June with red hot action. Cobia travel up the Chesapeake Bay along the shallow water contour lines of both the eastern and western shores.

During that time, they travel in groups and feed aggressively. Often times, large cows (row laden females) are spotted with a smaller male in tow as they prepare to spawn. It is not uncommon to catch one in excess of 60 pounds. 

Tim Kinner of Chicago, aboard one of my early season charters, was introduced to one such example—a 62-inch monster which provided a fight only Rocky Balboa could match. Forty-two minutes later, the majestic, brown colored trophy was landed. 

The estimated 80-plus pound fish partook in a brief ‘photo op’ and was released unharmed to allow it to drop its roughly half million eggs. That choice….

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