Sight Fishing Cobia On The Flats With Otis [Dog vs. Cobia]
By: Luke Simonds on November 4, 2018
Sight fishing cobia on the flats is one of the most fun types of fishing because there are so many challenges involved.
First of all, it’s very tough to find them on a consistent basis, so it’s even more important to take advantage of any opportunities that do come up.
Also, they are often following rays which always seem to make a turn right after you cast ahead of it making the cast fruitless because the cobia never even saw your lure/bait.
But when it does all work out, it’s up there with my absolute favorite of all catches.
The Dog vs. Cobia Trip
One very memorable day took place a couple weeks ago while I was fishing with my dog, Otis.
I was moving across a flat using the trolling motor and noticed a big push of water about 150 yards away.
My first assumption was that it was a dolphin, but I kept glancing back over in that direction and never saw the dolphin come up for air.
And then I saw what appeared to be a wing of a big ray breaking the surface…
So I immediately dropped plans to target redfish up on the flat in hopes that a cobia was cruising with the ray.
And my excitement went through the roof when I realized that not only was there a cobia, there were more than just one…
There was only 1 problem…
And that was Otis… he apparently gets more excited than me when a cobia is on the line and it was pure chaos.
Note: You’ll see the full cast, hookup, and battle in the video below.
Sight Fishing Cobia On The Flats Video
Here’s a video that shows very close footage of a couple rays and some cobia cruising the flats.
They came right up to the boat several times, and I got a big one to strike just 10 ft away from me while the camera was rolling… sure was a blast!
Just click on this video image to see the video.
When fishing on the flats, always make sure to keep your eyes on the lookout for pushes of water.
These pushes of water will often be a big school of mullet, a manatee, or a dolphin.
But they can also be a big ray with cobia like this, a school of redfish, or something else that can turn an otherwise slow day to be a very special trip.
And if you do plan to land a hard fighting fish like a cobia, I recommend not taking a dog like Otis out without any help to keep him from acting up:)
P.S. – Please be sure to share this with any of your friends who you believe would enjoy sight fishing cobia off of a ray like this up on the flat.
Note: If you want to see more trips where Otis was causing trouble, here’s a link to a page that shows them all – click here.