We've had summers when literally hundreds of cobia have followed sardines, blue runners
and other baitfish, plus manta rays, into warm-water pockets north of the Port Canaveral buoy line in 30 to 40 feet of water.
When last seen he was wearing a black bomber jacket, dark blue denim jeans, dark blue runners
and a two-tone brown jumper.
Expect to spend some time catching and unhooking ladyfish, blue runners
, jacks and maybe a few bluefish to get your macks.
Bigger kings will show up to take on the mackerel and they'll hit large blue runners
or even small jacks.
As the two other members of the crew finished their morning snacks, I spotted what might be described as the best baitball in history: greenbacks, cigar minnows, pinfish and blue runners
all in one massive swarm.
Grunts, ladyfish, blue runners
or scaled sardines taken on sabiki rigs are placed in the "down" bucket--the ventilated holding pen secured to the rail by rope and hung in the water and, when needed, put in the "up" bucket on the pier deck.
The passes get lots of attention from tarpon fishermen in the spring, but these same inlets are also producing hot action on Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, jacks and blue runners