POTM Kayak Cobia "Shark Bay Area"

POTM Kayak Cobia "Shark Bay Area"

 POTM contender maybe ???

I just returned from a 10 day trip to the shark Bay Area.

got this Cobia on an X-rap behind my HOBIE PA12

Shimano TEREZ 30-50lb / SPHEROS 8000PG WITH 50lb power pro

almost cut it free when at first I thought I'd hooked a shark (looking at it below the yak in the water)... But then it broke the surface and I noticed the dorsal fin wasn't exactly normal for a shark.. 

I persisted with the fight and about 20minutes later had this monster thrashing around on the deck trying to wreck everything I had with me 

measured 146cm. Couldn't weigh it unfortunately but estimates where about 30kg. 

Your guesses on the weight are welcome (P.S. I'm not a small bloke! weighing in at 98kg on an average day)



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Mon, 2015-08-03 09:16

As a standalone fish that's a contender, but then as a yak capture that's got to bump it up even higher?

Hell cobe Luke!

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nice work

Mon, 2015-08-03 09:33

nice work


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 That's a cracker Cobe mate.

Mon, 2015-08-03 11:55

 That's a cracker Cobe mate. From a Yak is insane!! Awesome capture

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Mon, 2015-08-03 12:09

That is one cracking fish mate, and to land it from the yak is an outstanding effort. Easy 30 would be my guess, you've got the tongue out and all 

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Mon, 2015-08-03 13:15

Solid fish from a yak. 


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Top effort

Mon, 2015-08-03 13:36

That's a hooter off any fishing platform, especially off a yak.
Would've been very exciting when you got it onboard no doubt there was gear flying every where.
One to remember for sure.

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Mon, 2015-08-03 14:38

 You got my vote mate.

Massive fish there. 9 out of 10 times they are called as sharks until they hit the surface so good call not to cut the line.


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 I'll pay that Cracking fish

Mon, 2015-08-03 21:31

 I'll pay that 

Cracking fish mate, one I dream of catching on the boat let alone the yak 


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 Huge Cobe mate, got my

Mon, 2015-08-03 21:35

 Huge Cobe mate, got my vote!

Great effort off a yak as well

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Awesome Cobia Luke

Mon, 2015-08-03 21:48

 awesome Cobia Luke , puts the wifes 19kg one to shame

 Lots of Cobia Curry there mate

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Top fish

Tue, 2015-08-04 07:05

 Reckon if the length is anything to go by would be at least 24-28? They get pretty round when they get that big.

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 Thats a cracker off the yak!

Tue, 2015-08-04 07:49

 Thats a cracker off the yak! Id love to see the gps trail after hooking it, woulda been a whole 20mins of circles and zig zags. Awsome catch and pic.


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 Cheers guys.  Certainly was

Tue, 2015-08-04 07:58

 Cheers guys.  Certainly was a fish of of lifetime and it was a quick pedal back to shore after it was landed .. Lots of sharky activity in this stretch of water 

can someone tell me how to submit it as a POTM ??

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 You've posted it as an image

Tue, 2015-08-04 19:40

 You've posted it as an image so it's already eligible for POTM. Got me vote 


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Tue, 2015-08-04 08:06

cant help how to submit to POTM but I think just post the photo alone. Search on here. Adds has previously posted how to but others will help. I hardly ever take shots so never post a possible POTM contender.

Back to that cobe. That is a monster in anyone's book. Dont get much bigger than that and my gestimate on lenght is ~28-32kg depending on how fat it was.

Knowing how they fight and an 18kg one dragged my Traily 5.4 around on a drift to an interesting small pattern I would suspect you would almost have been able to ski behind the yak.

They never give up the fight early, and just when you think you have them beaten they get another energy surge and up and away they go.

I personally would love the screen shot but without GPS location as I am sure it will cause a laugh.


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 wooohooo thats a hooter and

Tue, 2015-08-04 18:59

 wooohooo thats a hooter and from a yak unreal  how the hell did you get it onboard?

i caught one a while ago that went 1.4m came in around 21kg

i think you just post the pic as an image and adam selects from there for POMC


lucky i love to fish because i cant catch any.



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 good effort out of the yak 

Tue, 2015-08-04 19:06

 good effort out of the yak



 i need cheaper hobbies

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 Wicked fish!

Tue, 2015-08-04 19:42

 Wicked fish!


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Another picture I've just been sent by a mate

Wed, 2015-08-05 07:42

not as impressive,  but it's in the kayak at least !


sorry fellas no gps track to show... I don't have a navionics card installed in my pissy little LOWRANCE!! And without phone reception up there I didn't bother taking my iPhone with the navionics app installed !!

as far as weight estimates go I'm sticking with the (approx) 30kg !! My Staffordshire bull terrier is 23kg and this fish was considerably heavier than him !! Haha 

and just for those who noticed  ... no I'm not wearing a PFD ... Yes it is in the FWD hatch, along with flares, GPS-EPIRB, anchor, drift chute...etc...etc 


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Navionics doesn't us mobile,

Wed, 2015-08-05 08:29

Navionics doesn't us mobile, only GPS


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 Yes, the tracking will work

Wed, 2015-08-05 09:03

 Yes, the tracking will work and show where you are... 

But it requires 3G or whatever to download the basemap underneath it.. Otherwise all you see is a black grid.. Which is useless to me when I want it to look for contours and structure etc 

i should just spend the money and buy the card for my sounder !

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Sun, 2015-11-01 21:43

Good work from a kayak..

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 Cheers guys.   To be totally

Mon, 2015-11-02 19:23

 Cheers guys.   

To be totally honest though ...  I don't reckon Landing big brutes from a kayak is that hard really .... You just need to lock the drag up and be patient !!!! 

Half an hour of dragging my fat ass around the ocean would make anything submit !!!!

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 I had one at 117cm tow my 5m

Mon, 2015-11-02 19:54

 I had one at 117cm tow my 5m ali runabout around at monkey mia.  Thats one hell of a catch on a yak!


Got my vote!



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Dude that is a real one off!!

Sat, 2015-11-14 20:55

 Getting those babies at any time is always a thrill, LOVED the honest story and detail man.

Good luck for more of the same man but don't be surprised if your never to better that beast. Could be a PB for life.

Huge Grats.


 Remember, in Bunbury;

LBS=KGS and never actually weigh your fish.

Just guess away!!!!