Figured instead of starting a new thread for cobia, would just continue this one.
Weather has not been cooperating the past 2 weeks. Wind and clouds finally started breaking up Saturday afternoon, so I told my son Tyler we may head out Sunday morning. Woke up to no wind and clouds. For whatever reason, though, could not get away from the house until 10. Headed over to Poqouson and launched out of Wallace's marina with chum and half dozen live eels. Intel at the dock was that Bluefish Rock had been productive for chumming, so we headed over there on beautiful water conditions. Tyler drove while I prepped rigs, and one time I glimpsed 38 mph to give you an idea of the water conditions.
Found a slight change in the bottom about a 1/4 mile off Bluefish Rock where the water went from 18 to 21 ft. Dropped anchor, set the chum bag on the bottom and sent two live eels on #6 circle hooks down just behind the chum bag. Used a Carolina rig with a sliding 1 oz weight so the eel could swim once on the bottom once fed some slack. Water temp was 79.8 degrees.
Saw lots of skates and female blue crabs. If the number of crabs are any indication of the future population, it should be a very good few years!
Started checking lines every minutes and it was a good thing. First check and one eel had wrapped himself up so bad in the leader I had to cut the line to untangle his slimy butt! Re-tied the hook to the line and back overboard he went. I hate eels, but for live bait they do produce. We soaked eels for 1 hour and never had a sniff from anything; sharks, bluefish or anything else that swims.
Nobody else in the general area was doing anything, so pulled in everything and headed over to York Spit and found a spot where the bottom goes from 30 to 22 ft. Lots of boats and traffic in the area as this was the first nice weekend in a few weeks, and the results showed. Soaked eels for almost 2 hours and had absolutely no action at all! Time to head back to the ramp.
Talked to a few boats once on the trailer. Only one boat found any fish on our side of the bay and it was under legal length. Another boat ran to the Eastern Shore and said it was like a parking lot. Once he got away from all the other boaters, they were spotting for cobia and found 4, 2 which were keepers. He also hit some structure and pulled in some big spade fish!
Oh well...it was nice to get on the water; just wish I could get my fishing mojo back.