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We finally got a break in the weather to head offshore to get some fish. We left from Marco Island at 9 am and we all had been anticipating our next offshore trip. We first hit a barge loaded with snapper and AJs. Alex and I tangled with a massive 50lb amberjack and ascended through the 64 degrees frigid Gulf water. Heading to our last spot we were dealing with a small front that brought 25mph winds and light rain. We dropped on the retired air-force tower around 2 pm and were greeted with a nice school of Cobia.
I rushed my first shot and hit the biggest one right under the pectoral fin. He would have given me the classic ‘Florida Sleigh ride’, but I had a kink in my shooting line, and the big fish broke me off like nothing. I ascended to grab my Riffe Mid-handle, which I’ve now dubbed the cobia killer due to its history of stoning these fish. After finishing off some nice mangrove snapper, I reloaded m gun and was looking for some more when I saw my original shaft and shooting line trailing behind the same cobia that had broken me off minutes before. I got as close as I could and made sure this shot was going to count. Boom!
He rolled over like something you can only dream of. My dive buddy and self-proclaimed spearfishing Jedi Alex was right there to witness it all go down. When I realized the cobia was incapacitated my adrenaline hit, and I celebrated 70′ underwater. Brought the fish up and called for the gaff. It still doesn’t seem real to have a fish that big and powerful rollover and go up without a fight. This is why I get in the water; this is why we do what we do. – Bill D’Antuono, Naples Spearfishing League.