They didn’t catch the biggest, but they did haul in the most poundage.
The crew aboard the Lucky Dog with Capt. Cody Gray at the helm weighed in two fish at the Harbor Docks Crab Cruncher last weekend to win the Big Three (or top aggregate weight) and the big money.
Angler Josh Cannon weighed in a 60.9-pounder for second place overall and Cole Bakker a 54.6-pounder for third place.
For both places and the top aggregate the Lucky Dog took home $24,945 in prize money.
“We got lucky again,” said Capt. Gray.
The Lucky Dog won the Spring Fling at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar a couple of weeks with the lone cobia of the tournament.
However, this past weekend the cobia showed up.
“We saw 11 fish on Saturday … it felt like we were back in the early 2000’s,” Gray said.
“This is the best I’ve seen in several years,” he added.
The Lucky Dog crew weighed in their biggest on Saturday. Gray said they were fishing down west near Navarre when they spotted a pair. They managed to hook them both but cut the small one loose.
“The fishing has been so good … we’re letting the small ones go by. You have to be smart about it,” he said, noting the limit is two fish.
Although they placed second with a 60-pounder, Gray said they saw some in the 90-pound range on Saturday, but as soon as they would get close, the fish would go down.
“We couldn’t get in range,” he said.
As for their third place fish, the 54.6-pounder they caught it on Friday, again to the west.
“West is best,” Gray said.
And he along with boat owner Miller Phillips and deckhand Hunter Smith are out there most every day looking for the big one. So far they have caught about 15 cobia with the largest being a 75.8-pounder, caught the day before the Crab Cruncher started.
The big one that did win the Crab Cruncher was an 84.9-pounder pulled in by Peter Martin Jr. while fishing aboard the Cotton Patch out of Orange Beach. His catch was worth $12,030.