Captain John Irwin is after the cobia in the Broad River and Port Royal Sound, and Lowcountryoutdoors.com joined Dr. Malcolm Rhodes for a a day of adventure out of the Chechessee Landing. With the conditions on 5/17 beginning overcast and predicted to deteriorate, we did not look for cobia on the surface for very long before joining the flotilla of boats anchored up at "the Christmas tree" and waiting for a cobia to bite. Rhodes was a pro on the Sabiki rig and soon we had enough greenies / herring to put out some lines, and Irwin had a nasty chum bomb already out the back of the boat. Sharks came calling for the baits in short order and the fishing action appeared to be slow for the entire fleet. Irwin's girlfriend Amanda managed to get the skunk off the boat when she landed a nice Spanish mackerel. We then made a move to fish along some spartina grass and Amanda reeled in her first ever spotted seatrout and a ladyfish to boot. Just after noon a squall line came off the ocean and rushed all the boats up into Skull Creek, where we chose to sit on the docks for an hour. The rain set in and the day of fishing was clearly short-lived, but the cobia bite will linger throughout May.
Photos by Jeff Dennis: female angler Amanda catches her first trout - CONGRATS!, Capt. John Irwin and Amanda with her NICE spanish mackerel, Capt. Irwin reaches for a cobia in 2008 during better weather