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October 25, 2001

Rebel Rig for Cobia

Add an additional skirt to cobia rigs for lifelike feel.

While fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, I often sight-cast a silver, arrowhead-shaped Rebel trolling spoon to cobia cruising around our boat. The problem was, the cobia used to show little interest in the spoon or only hold onto it for a second.
Then I started dressing up my spoons with an additional skirt and stinger hook which have helped me hook into some very nice cobia.
Take a 6- to 8-inch piece of single-strand wire and attach a treble hook to one end using a barrel twist. Then cut a soft plastic tube skirt down to about one-half to two-thirds the size of the spoon. Run the free end of the wire into the open end and through the center of the closed end of the skirt. Position the treble hook where the fringe of the skirt starts.
Using a barrel twist, attach the free end of the wire to the hole in the Rebel spoon, not to the split ring that holds the spoon's treble hook. Clip off the excess wire. The tip of the skirt should be touching the spoon. (You can pull the skirt back to make room to work when attaching the wire.)
To secure the skirt in place, run one prong of the spoon's treble hook through the skirt. For added scent appeal, insert a bit of cut bait or squid inside the skirt before casting. When cobia hit the soft skirt instead of hard metal, they hold on longer and are easier to hook.
- Hector A. Garcia
Alice, Texas