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Port Canaveral Cobia Fishing Charters and Trips
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Wednesday April 25, 2018
The cobia have been in full migration the last part of February and Early March this year and Dr. Doug Sanders took Cobia Fishing Guide Capt. Richard and Captain Rocky VanHoose for an afternoon of sight fishing and fun. We spent less than three hours of actual fishing before the weather pushed us back into Port Canaveral where we trailered the boat and went home for a fresh grilled cobia dinner with wild rice and black beans.
Cobia fishing can be as exciting as fishing gets, when the water temperature rises after or during the winter months expect fish to show up around Cape Canaveral and anglers to be pursuing them when the weather's fair and the skies are clear.
We used chartreus jigs and rubber eels this day, but cobia love live bait and even bang on topwater lures or plugs. Fishing with a tower boat is an absolute necessity if you want to be successful at seeing cobia from a distance. You can find cobia free swimming on the surface or around floatsome or bottom structure like a wreck. "We've seen cobia relating to big marine animals like manta rays, whale sharks, big coastal sharks and turtles," explains Captain Richard Bradley a local Port Canaveral Charter Captain that has a tower boat with dual controls and over 70 gallons of live wells to keep fresh lively offerings to the most finicky cobia on the Space Coast.
Looking for information about fishing in Florida? Call (321) 868-4953 and Ask for Captain Richard or his fishing mate Captain Gina. They'll be more than glad to talk to you in length about setting up a trip while you're visiting the area.
"We saw a several hundred pound thresher shark breach the water right off the back of the boat and had cobia swim right beside us. It's great to be in the ocean and let Capt. Richard show us it's bounty".
-Dr. Doug Sanders
Professional Fishing Guides along know that Port Canaveral has some of the best cobia fishing during the spring cobia migration running north to their summer grounds along the eastern seaboard of the United States.
Cobia are hard fighting, heavy fish that never seem to give up the battle even after they're boated. Average size of this fish seems to be over 25 lbs with 35-40 lbs not uncommon. Brown to black colored with no teeth, short spikes on their backs and plenty of "BIG FISH" attitude. Cobia are often mistaken by anglers for sharks and can be seen freely swimming near the surface near flotsam or structure. For the most part cobia are dark brown but can have some color fluctuation due to genetics or habitat.
Both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around buoys, pilings, and wrecks. During the spring and fall migrations they can often be seen free swimming along the coastline.
We often find cobia swimming near the surface near floating sargassum seaweed or flotsam. Prior to the 1980's cobia would frequent navigation aids but this has become less of a habit due to angling pressure.
One of the preferred ways to catch cobia consistently is to simply bottom fish near wrecks and structure. Cobia respond well to live bait and find comfort and food source near large bottom structure.
As a note you should always look around large marinelife for swimming cobia. Large sharks, manta rays, whales and turtles can often hold cobia that relate to them as traveling companions or hitchhikers.
spawns in spring and early summer; feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish. Target this fish in early spring or late winter (feb-april). Cobia are often seasonal so make your reservations during this time of year.
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Minimum size 33" to fork 1 per harvester or 6 per vessel per day, whichever is less.
103 lbs., 12 ozs.
Cobia Fishing in Port Canaveral area of Florida
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: May 20 2017 14:42:37.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
April - 2018 Fishing Report
April - 2018 Fishing Forecast
April of 2018 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.
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