After meeting the captain and his mate over at Bell Island Marina, we launched and headed straight for the ocean. Almost all the other cobia sight casting charter captains had already given up on the season. But Capt. Tony knows his stuff, and got us on plenty of fish.
I still felt anxious standing in the tower, but this time, my bucktail found the target and I was able to pick a fight with the brown clown. And it was a great fight at that!
|My first ever hooked and landed cobia @ 44"|
Photo credit Bob Shepherd.
We probably saw around 30-35 fish, hooked about 18 to 20 of them, and landed 10. We had a few chances at 2 or 3 big slobs, but things just didn't work out. I had another wrapped tip like last time, I accidentally threw an eel into my boss' line, and nerves got the better of me, again. But none the less, we had an excellent time.
Later in the afternoon the wind picked up and seas got a little rougher, but Tony's 26' SeaFox handled it well. The ride back in was definitely more enjoyable than last time since I finally had that monkey off my back.
So next year, if you get a hankering to try sight casting to one of the top predators in Virginia waters, give Capt. Tony Horsley of Bowed Up Fishing Charters a call. 804-513-7744. The man is passionate about finding and catching these fish.