Cobia can be found throughout the inshore waters. One of the most popular ways to fish for cobia inshore is to sight fish for them on the flats. Cobia can often be found swimming under rays on the shallow water flats. Anglers look for rays and once they find them, it is common to see a cobia or two hiding underneath the ray. You will not always find cobia under the rays, but at times, you can find several fish under them. Cobia are not too picky when it comes to what they eat. Crabs and most small bait fish will draw a strike from these cobia. Lures such as jigs, crankbaits and soft plastic baits will also work for cobia.
Cobia can be caught offshore throughout the water column. You can find cobia on the reefs and wrecks that will also hold grouper and snapper. When fishing near the bottom with live bait fish on the reefs and wrecks, don’t be surprised if you run into some cobia. Just remember, cobia are migratory fish that are mostly caught from late spring through summer. If you are fishing offshore and you spot a ray or a big ball of bait fish during this time of year, there is a good chance that some cobia will be around. If you make sure that you have a rod ready for fishing just below the surface, you will be ready when you run into a ray or a school of bait fish. You never know when you may run into them and if you do, they are fairly easy to catch with live bait. They also taste delicious, so it’s a good idea to have a rod ready for them just in case.
Some of the best fishing for cobia takes place in the nearshore waters from late spring through summer and these fish move into some of the most popular saltwater fishing destinations in the country.