Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)


  1. Size: Cobia can grow quite large, with some individuals exceeding 100 pounds.
  2. Habitat: Cobia are found nearshore and offshore on buoys, shipwrecks, hard bottom, and artificial reefs. They are also frequently found traveling with sea turtles, sharks, and rays.
  3. Bait: Cobia will eat almost anything thrown at them – pinfish, pilchards, shrimp, crabs, squid, and artificial lures are all on the menu. 
  4. Tackle: Heavy spinning or conventional gear is required when cobia fishing as they can reach a size of 100 pounds and are a serious combination of strength and endurance when hooked.
  5. Food Value: Cobia grow fast and taste great, which is why they are of special interest to the aquaculture industry. Their meat is often compared to that of other premium fish like grouper or mahi-mahi.