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Another First for Hunter's Haven

Post by Hunter's Haven on Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:30 pm

Today I fished with Topsail Angler,(Mike Becker), on his boat The Fiy Away. We were going to fish the Wild Wing Tournament but decided yesterday to fish his inner club tournament instead. We were able to catch a few pogies around figure eight but it was slow pickings. Took what we had and headed out Topsail Inlet. Set lines out right off the beach for a short while but didn't get a sniff. Decided to make the run out to the boxcars and wasn't long before it was game on. Downrigger got hit and I took the rod. Fish acted funny, like pulling against a brick wall. Slow and steady away and I couldn't turn him. Mike turned the boat toward our quarry so we could get more direct leverage. We're guessing big shark and after about 30 minutes I was able to turn the fish toward the surface. Then we see brown. A little closer inspection and I see the bars on the side. Mike plants the gaff and my first cobia is brought onboard. It was foul hooked which had made for a tough battle. Honestly I was hoping it was a 50 lb. king that we could weigh in tonight at the tournament but I'm stoked with this fish. It ended up weighing 31 lbs. We moved from this spot to another pile of rocks where we picked up a small king. All in all it was a great day for us as we weren't hearing of many fish being caught. As always a day on the water with my great friend is a real blessing.


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Post by Back-Lash on Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:44 pm

WTG nothing like holding on to that Train

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Post by Ice Cream Man on Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:18 pm

Gery & Mike ....... that's much better than a King ....... ICM
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Post by Hunter's Haven on Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:20 pm

Just got back from the weigh-in. We caught the only king which weighed in at a whopping 11.7 pounds. Good enough for first place in the Topsail Offshore Fishing Club.

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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:16 am

Nice Cobia! They sure produce a lot of meat for the freezer, good eats! =D

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Post by Hunter's Haven on Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:25 am

Blueoceaneyez wrote:Nice Cobia! They sure produce a lot of meat for the freezer, good eats! =D

I split it with my buddy so I got 1 good slab of meat. WE usually grill our fish but if anyone has a special recipe for these please feel free to share.

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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:39 am

Enjoyed fishing with ya Gery - as always. What a blessed day we had indeed. Weather turned out a lot better than expected too.

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Post by Back-Lash on Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:46 am

i have been known to fry them just like a Kingfish my wife says " they taste like a " High Class Fish Stick"


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Post by Libra on Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:15 pm

Congrats on the 1st place king. Size doesn't matter sometimes huh..
Nice cobia = great eating. Was he still "green" when ya gaffed him?
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Post by Hunter's Haven on Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:37 pm

Libra wrote:Congrats on the 1st place king. Size doesn't matter sometimes huh..
Nice cobia = great eating. Was he still "green" when ya gaffed him?

No he was as wore out as I was. He was foul hooked on the belly so in bringing him in I was basically pulling dead weight crossways. Felt like pulling on a brick wall. The reward was worth the effort. Really glad it wasn't just a big shark. That's why you never give up on a fish. You just never know.

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Post by BoutTime2Fish on Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:14 pm

Nice catching guys. and congrats on the king tourny.
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