After the crew aboard the Full Pull brought in the first cobia of the season a couple of weeks ago, nothing has been spotted.
Harri Hotti of Finland hauled in a 72.6-pound cobia on March 5 while fishing with Capt. Chris Wagner on the Full Pull to kick off the Destin Cobia Tournament at HarborWalk Marina. This tournament always begins when the first registered boat catches a cobia off the beach.
Well since that Monday earlier this month, not another cobia has been caught or even spotted.
“We haven’t even heard of a fish being spotted,” said Capt. Wagner, who fishes faithfully for the migrating cobia. “After we caught that first one … the weather just deteriorated.”
During that first week of March the weather was much warmer, as well as the water. The prime temperature for cobia to migrate through and move up closer to the beach is 65 to 68 degrees. On Wednesday, the water temperature was 64 degrees nearing that sweet spot for cobia.
The Full Pull went out last Friday and fished to the east of Destin for about four hours but didn’t spot a fish. They went back out on Saturday and “gave it a maximum effort,” Wagner said. But again saw nothing.
“We need the weather to turn around,” he said.
With the Cobia World Championships getting underway this weekend, the Full Pull has plans to be on the water in search of the elusive ling.