It's about two months late, but still a good fish nonetheless.
On Wednesday, Darrell Steele of Coppell, Texas, hauled in a 65-plus pound cobia while fishing on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre.
Every spring, the cobia also known as ling make their run along the Gulf coast only a couple of 100 yards off the beach. Itís usually done by early May after a pile of local tournaments.
However, this year the cobia are still showing up on the docks as anglers pull them off the bottom in deeper water.
"I caught it on live bait off the bottom," Steele said.
The crew from Texas was snapper fishing when the cobia snapped up the bait.
"He came up once, and then it went down deep," Steele said. "I had to fight it about 10 minutes," he said before they got it in gaff position. Right behind the big cobia was a small one that followed it up, weighing about 25 pounds.
The cobia was Steele's first and his biggest fish ever. Prior to Wednesday, his prize catch was a "striped bass back home," he said.
Needless to say, the cobia will make for more meals than a bass.
"It might take a while, but we're going to eat it," he said.