Cobia crazy on the docks

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Capt. B.J. Teems of the Realin' Script pulled in a 64.2-pounder later Thursday to get on the board in the Destin Cobia Tournament as well as the Cobia World Championships. John Peerman caught the cobia using an eel for bait.

As the water continues to heat up, so does the hunt for cobia.

This week has been a pretty productive week with several boats hooking up with the elusive ling.

On Monday, Capt. B.J. Teems and crew aboard the Realin' Script pulled in a 60.3-pounder that is on the leaderboard in the Destin Cobia Tournament at HarborWalk Marina.

"That was the only one we saw," Teems said.

On Wednesday they pulled in a 40-pounder, but didn't see anything Thursday ­– on their first time out.

Capt. Teems ventured back out about 4:15 Thursday afternoon and had a fish in the boat by 4:30 p.m.

"We caught him right outside the pass. We got lucky again," said Teems who was already back in the hunt Friday morning.

Nevertheless, John Peerman was the angler on the rod that reeled in the 64.2-pounder that was sitting atop the leaderboard Friday morning at HarborWalk Marina.

Another cobia that made it on the board this week, and was in first place for a day in both the Destin Cobia Tournament and the Cobia World Championships at Harbor Docks was a 62-pounder pulled in by Brett Posey on the SS Enterprise with Capt. Kirk Reynolds Wednesday.

"It took about 20 minutes to get it in," said deckhand Travis Reynolds.

"We threw a jig and he didn't want anything to do with it, but then he sucked the eel down," Travis said.

Posey, who was on the rod, said, "He went down for a while then he came back up. He made a couple of runs before we got it in."

This was about the seventh time out this season for the SS Enterprise but the only cobia they have seen.

"We are one for one this season," said Capt. Kirk.

"They are just starting to show up … and a nice grade is coming in," captain said.

Another cobia that made it on the board in the 28-foot and under boat category was a 75-pounder caught Thursday by Collin Crumbley aboard the Fish On with Capt. Taylor Waterfield and crew.

Capt. Mike Dates on the First Shot pulled in a 58.6-pounder on Thursday as well.

Earlier in the week Jordan Whiteman on the Hey Baby pulled in a 61.6-pound cobia in the Cobia World Championships.

Several cobia tournaments are in progress, and one thing is for certain, the leaderboards are sure to change.

See you at the docks.