Cobia

Cobia, a predominant settler of the Chesapeake Bay, is a large fish with a long, darkly striped body. Its scientific name is Rachycentron canadum, and it dwells in the open waters of the tropical as well as subtropical regions in Central & Eastern Pacific, right from spring to autumn season.

Cobi fish also called the Sergeant fish, is found in warm oceans. It has been considered to have the most potential as a species to be used for aquaculture, owing to its rapid growth and great flesh quality.

Appearance

Cobia has scales that are shaded in dark brown and black while also dressed in thick stripes of a lighter hue. These stripes appear on the sides of their body or close to their belly.

The body is elongated with a wide, flat head. They can reach up to a length of 6.5 feet long, but the average size measures up to only 3.6 feet. Their weight is usually around 150 lbs.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Around the coastal areas is where you will find the Cobia. They do not appear directly on the shore or intertidal zones; however, they prefer nesting in coral reefs and areas surrounded by rocks or nearby buoys.

Their habitats also range from mangroves to estuaries of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Cobia fish are mostly discovered near the coasts of North and South America along the Atlantic Ocean?s coast. The Cobia population is also high on the African coasts.

They can be caught with bait or on crustaceans. To catch them, any fishing method can be used. Still, fishing, drift fishing, and saltwater jigging are common methods.

Peak Season

Along the Atlantic Coast, Cobia is found in great numbers during winter from December-April.

Best Bait

Some baits that can be used to catch Cobia are:

  • Shrimp
  • Cut Bait
  • Jigs
  • Plugs
  • Squid
  • Saltwater live bait