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Monday July 16, 2018

Cobia fishing is one of the most exciting types of fishing you can do out of Port Canaveral. Typically as the month of February rolls around and is about nearing March we start to look for weather patterns where we know the cobia will be showing up off our coast near Cocoa Beach. As the seas calm and the water temperatures become just right we will definitley be bound to start seeing cobia. Heading out looking for cobia requires much knowledge of where to go being productive in your searching and making sure you have a good pair of polarized sunglasses and fine tuned eyes. As Captain Richard will take you to the fishing grounds you will begin to scan the great wide ocean looking for large manta rays as the cobia travel with the rays hanging just beneath them. For Captain Gina one of the most exciting things for her is to be the eyes that are scanning as she becomes beyond excited spotting cobia from long distances, she has great eyes for the looking. It's amazing how you get to actually see these fish to cast to them presenting your bait just so that they will take that hook. Once you are hooked up it's a good fight and will leave you with great satisfaction not to mention they are an awesome catch for the dinner table!

Cobia season is typically March/April as you are sight fishing for them, it's not the only method of catching them but it is by far the most exciting being involved in spotting these fish. We can still catch some cobia through out the summer months but the more consentrated time frame is early Spring.

You will have to give Captain Gina a call at (321) 868-4953 so that she can help you plan and set up a fishing trip sometime in the Spring where Captain Richard will have the opportunity to get you into the cobia action off of Port Canaveral.

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.

State Record

103 lbs., 12 ozs.

Cobia Fishing out of Canaveral Florida

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: July 09 2018 18:11:27.

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