March 08, 2013
The Cobia, Rachycentron canadum
In the water, cobia look very much like sharks. The usual color is brown or dark gray above, whitish on the underside, with a dark stripe running from gills to base of tail. The striped appearance is more vivid in juveniles. Several rather sharp finlets on the dorsal surface extend from behind the head to the dorsal fin.
Common from 20 to 50 pounds; sometimes up to 80 pounds, and possibly to 100 or more. World record 135 pounds, 9 ounces; Florida record 130 pounds, 1 ounces.
Excellent, smoked or fresh.
A strong, but unpredictable fighter. Usually clicks off fairly long, fast runs, and can fight deep with great stamina; however, many individuals put on lackluster fights if not pressured too hard— saving their best efforts for after they are boated!
TACKLE AND BAITS
Surf tackle is the best bet for pier fishing and for boat fishing when long casts with heavy lures are called for. Since cobia are notorious for wrapping lines around buoys and wreck structure, most anglers use 30-pound-test line or heavier. Once clear of obstructions, however, even large cobia can be successfully fought with spinning, baitcasting and fly tackle—although a minimum of 10-pound line or tippet is advisable. When gaffed “green” (not tired), Cobia can—and often do—smash up the inside of a boat. Jigs and large streamer flies are the most used artificials. Spoons and swimming plugs often work well; you might wake them up with a surface plug, popper or tube lure. Live baitfish, such as pinfish, mullet, cigar minnows, grunts and jacks work best, but live shrimp, crabs, dead fish or squid are good too.
Still Fishing; Casting; Trolling; Drifting.
All Florida coasts; widespread throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean, although seldom plentiful.
All the way from shallow inshore waters to the deep sea. Most Florida cobia winter in the southern reaches of the state or offshore, migrating northward in the spring to cover both coasts. Dramatic runs occur along Panhandle beaches in April. Cobia love to hang around navigation markers, wrecks and artificial reefs, where they swim both at the surface and down deep. They also escort wandering mantas and other large rays, and many are caught around those hosts. Juveniles are frequently caught incidentally by trout fishermen over many Gulf Coast grass flats—and some big ones too.
Travis Young sight fished this nice cobia in a foot of water off of the beach!
Northeast Cobia Action
Forum member Boattronics and friend hoist up two beautiful cobia.
Cobia on the Troll
Forum member Ruff One hoists up a keeper cobia caught on a silver and black yo-zuri trolled in 15 feet of water.
Forum member OnTop~170 and friends got after the cobia recently, sight fishing most of the fish.
Forum member clarosa and friends had an awesome day out of Tampa, limiting out on snapper, and catching other nice fish as well.
Charter boat out of Islamorada landed a very nice cobia
Marc showing off his catches of the day. A 38-pound bull dolphin and a 48-pound cobia
It takes two men to hold up this Cobia
Big ole cobia
A big size cobia caught by forum member Arunram.
Forum member Jim311 with a nice catch, he got himself a cobia near Gainesville FL.
Florida Sportsman Forum Member phlatsbastard spotted and pulled in this nice Cobia in Jacksonville beach with what he calls a \"gorilla ladder\" which was basically a ladder from home strapped down to the bow of the boat. Way to go dude!
Towering over most
Florida Sportsman Fourm Member Boattronics of Atlantic Beach holds up this nice Cobia he caught while using his newly built tower that was placed on the bow instead of most that are placed over the middle council.
Florida Sportsman Forum Member fishing guy caught this big cobia off of New Smyrna Beach
E-money with a Cobia
Florida Sportsman member e-money weeded through the bonito to eventually hook up on this stud of a cobia which sucked down a kite bait end tip off a great day of fishing.
Big Bend Cobia
Forum member Ruff One with a nice cobia via flats boat.
Jay Kiernan caught this cobia out of Hoberts sound while trolling a ballyhoo in 140 feet of water.
Peter with a nice Cobia
FS Member caught his first Cobia as it was swimming on top
68 Pound Cobia
I caught this 68lb cobia off Ft Pierce last week with live bait while bait fishing in shallow water. Fishing with Capt Dave Albritton and Luke King.
Cobia and Seabass
FS member Nick had a successful day on the water
My friends and I went sight fishing for cobia 5/23/13 out of New Smyrna Beach, FL and caught a MONSTER COBIA
27lb cobia caught off of Boynton inlet 2 to 3 miles offshore on Saturday March 16, 2013.
Twelve year old Germany native, Fynn, caught this five foot long and 55lb cobia while fishing in the Captiva Pass.
Shark Got Your Fin?
Florida Sportsman member Ikaika and friends caught this cobia that had its dorsal fin chewed on, most likely by a shark, while J was reeling it in.
Teresa Hesse caught this cobia in Tampa Bay. This was the first cobia she has ever caught.
Cobia for Dinner Anyone?
FS member Barrett of Jacksonville Beach caught this stud 50 pound cobia.
Green Water Cobia
Cobia like the green water. Find the birds, find the fish!
Charlotte Harbor Cobia
This cobia surely put up quite the battle, especially if it was caught on that set-up laying on the deck.
Girls day out!! from left to right Brittney Owens, Tara Goodloe, and Candace Wilson with thier 34in and 32in cobia's
Hunter Schneider's 64 pound cobia caught off of Boyton Inlet
This cobia, caught by Keaton, is seconds from being filleted for dinner.
Cobia for dinner?
This cobia is a proud supporter of Penn fishing products.
Cobia and Kings
Florida Sportsman member thecollegekid had a great day offshore with cobia and kingfish on display.
Father Daughter Fishing Day
Kayla's cobia was caught off Ponce De Leon Inlet
Jimmy Reiter's cobia caught off Matanzas Inlet.
Jason's Canaveral Cobia
Jason Mcnally's Cobia from Cape Canaveral
Mexico Beach Cobia
FS Member Wahoodlum caught this cobia out of Mexico Beach.
10000 Islands Cobia
FS Member Phescador helped catch this cobia off the 10000 Islands.
FS Member GrouperGuru caught this big cobia in the Northwest Florida.
St. George Island Cobia
FS Member Schmitty posted this large cobia from off St. George Island.
Gulf Coast anglers were unimpressed by the 2012 run of ling. Still, there were some nice catches brought to docks.
Key Largo Cobia
Cobia catches are common offshore Key Largo.
Cobia Double Time
Four hands help prop up this cobia.
Cobia at the Dock
Snapper and cobia are top catches in the Gulf of Mexico.
A long run to the beach is always shorter when bringing in a monster cobia catch.
Dave Coppola caught 44-inch, 43-pound cobia off Ponce Inlet.
Panhandle anglers cash in on the cobia run each year.
This cobia went on a feeding frenzy near the boat.
91.2 pound Cobia
Florida Sportsman Forum Member Panhandler80 with a fat cobia caught on a jig.
Big Bend Cobia
Cobia landed off Florida's Big Bend coast.