Order: Perciformes (Cobia)
Family: Rachycentridae (Cobia)
Genus: Rachycentron (Cobia)
Species: canadum (Cobia)
Cobia are caught while Deep Sea Fishing Miami in offshore and inshore waters
Cobia can be very big, very strong and very powerful. They are usually brown in color with a white shaded belly area and a broad flat head contour. The lower jaw of a cobia protrudes out further than the upper jaw. They may have a dark or lighter stripe that runs horizontally across most of their body. They generally have small spiny type fins just forward of their main dorsal fin. Cobia do not appear to have teeth in comparison to other fish. They do however have bands of villiform teeth on their jaws and on the roof of their mouth.
Cobia may be found inshore and offshore. They can be found in Miami, Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale over wrecks, artificial reefs, coral reefs, and near markers and other structures such as buoys, etc. or they may be found in open water. They are generally not thought of as a way offshore fish.
Cobia Size / Weight Range:
It is common to see cobia up to approximately 40-pounds although they can be a lot smaller. They also can get much bigger. A 50-pound or larger cobia is a very big, strong and powerful fish. Caution and care should be taken if a big cobia is brought into the boat because of their strength and power. Caution and care should also be taken when handling any size cobia in a boat because of their strength even when they are out of the water. Late winter and springtime can produce some big fish.
Cobia Fighting Ability:
Generally cobia are very good fighters. They are well known for their long hard runs. Sometimes they may fight strongly from the moment they are hooked and sometimes they may swim up near the boat with little fight and then start to fight very hard and pull out lots of line after they were brought close to the boat. Cobia fishing in Miami can be fun and exciting although they are usually caught while fishing for other varieties of fish. Since they are not a common catch, many other nice fish can be caught while trying for cobia.
Cobia Fishing in Miami – Fishing Techniques:
Live bait fishing; wreck fishing, artificial reef fishing, charter boat fishing, drift fishing and anchor fishing are good methods for cobia fishing in Miami. Cobia can be caught while trolling but in general, live bait fishing, drift fishing and fishing over wrecks and artificial reefs may produce better results.
Types of Bait for Cobia Fishing in Miami:
Cobia may feed on live bait and on fresh bait. Live pilchards, herring, sardines, goggle eyes, and big live shrimp can be very productive. Fresh ballyhoo, strips of ballyhoo and bonito strips also work well. Chunks of ballyhoo and bonito may also work well if a cobia is spotted free swimming behind the boat. Feathers with strips of bonito or pork rind may work well for those choosing to use spinning rods with casting and slow retrieve, especially over shallow wrecks or if a free swimmer is spotted.
Cobia Fishing in Miami – Rods / Reels / Fishing Equipment:
Conventional deep-sea fishing tackle with deep-sea fishing rods and reels works well for cobia fishing in Miami. Deep Sea fishing tackle with 50-pound test line to 60-pound test line works well. Spinning rods and reels can be used but cobia are very strong and powerful and can run towards a wreck much easier when spinning tackle is used compared to conventional deep-sea fishing tackle. If an angler chooses to use a spinning rod then heavier duty spinning rods and reels would probably be best.
Deep Sea Fishing for Cobia:
We fish for many different types of fish. We try to match our customer’s expectations with the types of fish that are seasonal during the time of year in which they are fishing.
Deep Sea Fishing Reservations for: Cobia fishing in Miami – Cobia fishing in Miami Beach – Deep Sea fishing for Cobia in South Florida aboard the Charter Fishing Boat THERAPY-IV – Phone: 305-945-1578.
*Certain types of fish and sharks may be restricted during certain closure periods
Note: Size ranges, sizes of fish and other information, etc. may be based on our own opinions, deep sea fishing experiences, etc. We are not responsible for any information that may be in error or for any typographical errors.
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