As the weather gets warmer, the fish will approach inshore inlets. On the Gulf coast, Cobia can be caught year-round, with two peak seasons that produce the best results: Offshore waters around the Panhandle (early spring) Closer to shore all along the coast (summer months)
Besides this, how do you target cobia? Cobia can be caught on a wide variety of lures. Topwater plugs, suspending and diving crank baits, and imitation eel lures all catch fish. But the favorite cobia lure is the cobia jig. It is a large bucktail jig weighing 4 to 8 oz or more and can be just about any color you can imagine.
After all, what size hooks for cobia?
5/0 to 9/0 circle
Do cobia fight hard?
Once hooked, a cobia fights as hard as a bull bucking a cowboy. The life history of coastal pelagic cobia might not be as studied as some other game fish, but what is known might surprise you — and catch you more fish.
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Unique shape of the head and placement of the eyelet help bring this lure to life
Doesn't fall or hang straight down like other bucktails
Glides through the water, almost swimming along
Can be jigged off the bottom for weakfish, fluke, or other saltwater fish
Cobia are bottom dwellers and are known for eating whatever comes their way, including smaller baitfish, squid, eel, and crab. They can be found in waters as shallow as 3 feet, or as much as 20 feet deep.
Disregard what some people say about cobia being an expensive fish. It's very affordable. Cobia is only costly in regions like Europe where it is not native to their coastal waters. You can buy a pound or more of this unique white fish, and we'll deliver your order overnight.
Cobia: Sometimes called black kingfish, lemonfish, or black salmon, cobia is the only member of its fish genus (rachycentron) and family (rachycentridae), making it truly unique, just like its rich taste. ... It calls cobia a “best choice” to eat. Try searing or grilling next time you see it sold at the market.
How exactly does it taste? Open Blue Cobia has a fresh, clean and buttery flavor. Its broad-flaked texture and firm white flesh results in a taste that is mild and 'not fishy', if we can put it that way. Cobia has everything going for it.
Where They Live. In U.S. waters, cobia are most abundant from Virginia south through the Gulf of Mexico. Cobia migrate seasonally in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Along the Atlantic coast, they move south and offshore toward warmer waters during the late fall and winter.
Cobia at night are not rare. They eat just like any other fish, and they too like to eat at night. Cobia locate some of their food via scent, thats why boaters use chum bags to attract them. This ability allows them to feed at night too.
Cobia prefer water temperatures above 68 degrees and migrate to the south in October to avoid cold water temperatures in the northern parts of the state. Anglers often target them visually around buoys, over grass flats and along sandy beaches.