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Tuesday January 23, 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.
103 lbs., 12 ozs.
Cobia Fishing out of Canaveral Florida
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: May 15 2017 23:07:41.
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.
This guy knows how to fish - My wife and I booked a trip with Logooner fishing guilds and had a wonderful day fishing with Captain Richard. I booked the trip with Captain Gina who explaind what to expect on the fishing trip, Gina was very plesant from the moment she answered the phone and made me feel like our trip was important to them. She me that Captain Richard was a life time resident of the area and spent his entire life fishing the River and and Atlantic .From the time we got onto the boat with Captain Richard we knew we had booked with a guild who had a knowledge of the river and the different species of fish and knew where to find them. We spent the day catching Red fish and trout and needless to say had a blast. Even if we had not caught a lot of fish we would still book with Captain Richard because he gives it his all and is just a fun guy to spend the day on the water with. Thanks Captain Richard
Written by: Roger D about Lagooner Fishing Charters on January 21, 2015
5 / 5 stars