Cobia Fishing

Now is the perfect time to fish for Cobia as these fish begin migrating from the east to west. Cobia can be found in a variety of habitats including coral reefs, rocky shores, and inshore around pilings; however they are most commonly found in clean, offshore waters around drifting and stationary objects. Along our Gulf Coast, Cobia tend to inhabit the Panhandle area in late February, early March. They then travel southward along the coast beginning in April and peaking all along the Gulf Coast in July and August.

This fish tends to feed on crabs, fish and squid and can be caught by bottom fishing and by trolling. They can be spotted as they travel in shallow water, around pilings, markers, buoys and anchored boats. They will also accompany other large fish and rays. Casting ahead of the fish, so to bring the lure across its path and to work the lure with plenty of action, works best for Cobia. Since these fish are tough fighting fish, you need to use caution getting them into the boat.