Cobia Fishing in Destin Florida

Cobia Fishing in Destin Florida

2021 Cobia Season is March through April.

Cobia migrate from south Florida to the northern Gulf Coast to spawn.  Their migration season is late March through April.

Cobia can be caught on a wide variety of lures. Topwater plugs, suspending and diving crank baits, and imitation eel lures all catch fish. But the favorite cobia lure is the cobia jig.

  • Up to 6 feet (150 pounds); common from 10 to 50 pounds.

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Appearance

  • Long, slim fish with a broad, depressed head.
  • Brown in color, fading to a whitish belly.
  • MiDark lateral stripe extending through eye to tail.
  • Lower jaw projects past upper jaw.
  • Young have alternating black and white horizontal stripes.

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Habitat

Cobia are found in nearshore and inshore waters with inlets and bays. Cobia are frequently found around buoys, pilings and wrecks in these areas.

Behavior

They spawn in spring and early summer. Feeds on crabs, squid, and small fishes.

Fishing Tips and Facts

Live crabs and small fish are good baits for cobia. Keep bait near the surface or, if cobia are deeper, add just enough weight to get the bait down and still retain its movement. Medium to heavy tackle is required to land these fish which average 30 pounds. Large specimens in the 50–80-pound class are frequently caught and cherished by the lucky angler who outmatches these powerful fish. Cobias are excellent table fare.

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