Family Rachycentridae, Cobia
70 pound cobia Description: long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.
Similar Fish: remora, Echeneis naucrates.
Where found: both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around buoys, pilings, and wrecks.
Size: common to 30 pounds, up to 150 lbs.
Distribution: Worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas, and in warm temperate seas.
General: A very powerful sport fish well known in Atlantic and Indo-Pacific seas. It often frequents shallow coastal waters throughout its range. Food consists of shrimp, squids, a variety of fish, and crabs from which it earns one of its popular names. As a sport fish the cobia may be caught either by surface trolling or deepwater lure and bait fishing along with plug and jig casting. An excellent table fish, raw or cooked.
This is a 70 pound Cobia that was caught by the Joe Nohra family on the 13th of June. We were in 25 feet of water catching herring for bait when he came up to the boat. I dropped a live herring over the side attached to a 20 lb. test spinning rod rigged for tarpon. The cobia made about six circles under the boat and behind the motor before he took the bait. Then he would have emptied the spool of line if I did not run after him. About 25 minutes later and a few turns at the rod they landed him. This was a very large cobia to be that close to the beach but it is not the first one. 40 pounds is considered to be large along the beach in this area. The way most of the big fish are caught is by being ready when they come along. If you only fished for them it could get boring. It would sound impressive if I was hawking my goods but the big ones are usually a bye-catch.