By Joe Cermele
I've caught some nice cobia in my time, but I never thought I'd see a photo of a 172-pounder. Knowing just how hard a 30-pounder fights, and how insanely they thrash once they're on board, I couldn't imagine what it would have been like to fight this beast.
Unfortunately, we'll never know, because this cobe was taken by a spearfisherman off the coast of Brazil. Of course, the story is still pretty impressive. Per the article on the website of the Bradenton Herald, Marcelo Mello Lobato and Cyrus Bravin had to shoot the cobia 3 times to finally sudbue the monster. The first shot, Lobato says, didn't even register with the fish. It just kept swimming as if it had been bitten by a gnat. It wasn't until Bravin swam closer that the battle began.