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The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011

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Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2011-07-16

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/233530

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/656929

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, July 16, 2011. NT NEWS. 59 The enigmatic and hard-fighting cobia Jo Moyle-Reiter and Bomber Farrell with a lovely Groote Eylandt cobia taken on a Squidgy soft plastic By STEVE STARLO STARLING THE fish known as a cobia or black kingfish is a wandering marine predator, found across large stretches of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, as well as throughout South-East Asia. In Australia, cobia mostly range from the far north coast of NSW around the top of the nation to at least Geraldton in WA. They are a sporadic but welcome visitor in Top End waters, too. Two elements help pinpoint the likely presence of cobia in an area. One is an abundance of crabs (particularly blue swimmer, sand and spanner crabs), which cobia love to eat. The other is the regular sighting of cruising manta rays. Mantas are one of the more common creatures regularly shadowed by cobia, but other large rays, along with whale sharks, whales, sea turtles, dugongs and even tiger sharks can all occasionally pick up cobia escorts. Cobia have a curious nature and a habit of hitting offerings that are slightly out of left field. Some days, theyll follow all lures or baits but turn away at the last moment. When this happens, you might need to think outside the square and pitch something a little different at them. That could be a noisy cupfaced popper, a stronglyactioned spoon, a big soft plastic or a larger-thannormal, deep-bodied live or dead bait such as a golden snapper or stripey. Once hooked, cobia are powerful but erratic fighters. One will drag you all over the boat, give you a severe beating and then slice your line on a reef outcrop or anchor line, while the next remains fairly placid and fights cleanly until you get it to the surface. Most of the cobia encountered in local waters run from six to 15kg, but they have the potential to reach three times that size. These enigmatic fish have firm, white and delicious flesh and are almost always a welcome catch. So if you see a couple of dark fish that look rather like small sharks shadowing a big ray in our offshore waters, get a lure or bait in there fast! P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 6 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 5 9 C O L O R : C M Y K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l TIGHT LINES ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l WEATHER


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