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Fishing for Cobia

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

A pursuit that's hot on the fly, fast on a lure and fierce on bait, hooking a cobia is many angler's go-to spot fishing species when they are cruising just off the shoreline.

Summertime the cobia move out to cooler water off shore, still possible to fish for but much harder to find.

Cobia live in a variety of habitats found across the world's oceans and can be caught just as easily off the coast of Florida as you can in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Migrating between warm and cool water temperatures keeps these lean, torpedo-like fish constantly moving.

Their big, buff bodies demand lots of nutrition, feeding on small fish, crab, squid and leftover scraps from shark attacks, or another larger predatory species.

Getting to know the optimal dates for a specific cobia-inhabiting area is key to having a successful trip. Check when it begins to be too hot, or too cold for Cobia in different waters and learn what bait works well, and where.

Eel are great bait for cobia targeted near the Sargasso Sea but may be a dud near the land down under.

Poppers, flashy lures, big minnow streamers and bait are also effective on the cobia, a speed daemon of many seas.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Rachycentron canadum

Size: max. length 2 m

Weight: 70 kg

Lifespan: 11 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Tropical and Subtropical regions of the Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific Ocean