I also had read that cobia are like other predatory fish in that they love areas where the bait is funneled to them, so I talked it over with a fellow kayaker (Chris of TKAA - atthebay2) and we decided to target Blue Fish Rock off of Grandview in Hampton, VA. Recent reports including the days leading up to the event had several nice catches of cobia in that area, so our chances were good I felt. The forecast for the day was calling for an early morning shower with a chance of an afternoon storm around 3pm which was our scheduled time to weigh-in our catch anyway.
Chris' reel started clicking after a couple hours and resulted in a nice five minute fight with an aggressice sand shark that even gave us a couple aerial jumps for good measure. He ended up being about 3 1/2 - 4 feet in length. Chris got a real close view of the razor sharp teeth while he tried to unhook him, but the shark was not cooperative at all, so Chris gave him a courtesy release and snipped the line close to the circle hook. Sorry for the hazy picture but the lens fogged up on me.
While we were recovering, I noticed a long line of clouds forming ominously to our west again only this time it spread far enough north that I knew that we would get hit if it ever developed. Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay region is always a roll of the dice when storms are in the area. I knew from past experience that they can form almost on top of you with little to no warning.
In the end, we both had a good time on the water together even though Mr. Brown apparently didn't get the memo and was a no-show. I still managed to catch over 40 croaker, a couple undersized spot and several roundheads, a new species for me. I learned a few things on the day and decided that I will most certainly try this again.
Here's a video homage to our trials and tribulations on the day.