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Tuesday January 23, 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©
January - 2018 Fishing Report
The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.
January - 2018 Fishing Forecast
Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.
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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.
BIG fish - Capt. Richard knows how to put you on the fish!! He is a very knowledgeable guide and knows the waters well. We were on big reds and trout within minutes of the leaving the dock and ventured about the lagoon to catch different species. It was fun and exciting. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well...
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