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Same tagged cobia caught a decade later

A cobia caught and tagged 10 years ago at Latimer Shoal was caught again at York Spit on May 27, setting a record for the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program.

Suzanna Musick of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science announced the record-setting catch last week, and said the cobia set a new record for “days at large,” 3,623 days, beating a tautog’s prior record of 3,411 days.

The cobia measured 26 inches when volunteer tagger caught, tagged and released it in 2009. When Alison Temple caught the cobia again this year, it had more than doubled in size, to 53 inches total length, Musick said.

With the use of volunteers, the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program has been able to collect data from more than 320,000 fish since 1995, Musick said. A cooperative effort between the Marine Advisory Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Saltwater Tournament at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the program’s funding is from state saltwater license f...

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