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Port Canaveral Cobia
Lemon Fish, Cobia, Ling or Crab Eaters
Tuesday January 23, 2018
Weather was great but the seas were bumpy for this late February fishing gig. Professional charter fishing Captain Richard fished with Neil Mizel and Rocky VanHoose to tangle with these rubber lipped critters. "We saw five or six cobia, hooked up and lost a nice one in the thirty pound range catching and releasing this short fish for a picture. "I think he's smiling", explained Neil.
Cobia fishing can be as exciting as fishing gets, when the water temperature rises after/or during the winter months expect fish to show up around Port Canaveral and charter fishing Captains to be pursuing them when the weather's fair and the sun is shining in East Central Florida.
Typically cobia show up in March at Port Canaveral and follow 68°-72° water temperatures northward on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Federal limits for cobia are two cobia per angler with state bag limits of one per angler.
As with many days we used chartreuse jigs and rubber eels, but cobia will often take anything you throw at them. It's more about presentation than the baits and lures thrown at one of these large ocean predators, they like to be teased into eating.
Looking for information about cobia fishing in at Port Canaveral Florida? Call (321) 868-4953 and Ask for Captain Richard or his fishing mate Gina. They'll be more than glad to talk to you in length about setting up a charter fishing trip at Port Canaveral for cobia and other saltwater fish species while you're visiting the area.
Captain Rocky fishes for cobia each year with Capt. Richard and has seen literally hundred of cobia over the few seasons off Port Canaveral while charter fishing nearshore. "We've seen cobia over wrecks and reef and hanging around mating sea turtles and we've also seen them free swimming in pairs and singles. They're always fun to look for and cast to", explains Rocky.
"Charter Captain Richard Bradley has never skunked us yet and I've been cobia fishing with him for years. Several times he's raised dozens of fish on some secret structure and we caught and released cobia till our arms wore out."Captain Rocky VanHoose
A Word from our Cobia Fishing Captain:
My favorite time of the year is the early spring when the cobia arrive at Port Canaveral. I've been fishing cobia since I was a kid with my father and it's such a consistent fishery in my home waters here near Cocoa Beach, Florida. Cobia are one of the most exciting angling opportunities in our area for nearshore and offshore anglers alike. Look for cobia to make a showing in the winter if the temperatures are warm or in the spring. You'll find them swimming near manta rays, turtles and bait pods or simply swimming in pods of fish as they migrate northward. Cobia readily accept live baits and artificials and can reach weights of over 50 pounds, we usually catch cobia on light spinning tackle and sometimes fly.
Captain Richard Bradley
If you're looking to hire a Canaveral Fishing Charter Captain, look no further. Our Lagooner Fishing Guide, Captain Richard Bradley has a lifetime of experience taking anglers out of Port Canaveral on fishing excursions for cobia.
Call the Canaveral Charter Fishing Captain at (321) 868-4953 or simply fill out the form on this page and a Professional Fishing Guide will call you promptly.
Cobia are hard fighting, heavy fish that never seem to give up the battle even after they're boated. Average size of this fish seems to be over 25 lbs with 35-40 lbs not uncommon. Brown to black colored with no teeth, short spikes on their backs and plenty of "BIG FISH" attitude. Cobia are often mistaken by anglers for sharks and can be seen freely swimming near the surface near flotsam or structure. For the most part cobia are dark brown but can have some color fluctuation due to genetics or habitat.
Both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around buoys, pilings, and wrecks. During the spring and fall migrations they can often be seen free swimming along the coastline.
We often find cobia swimming near the surface near floating sargassum seaweed or flotsam. Prior to the 1980's cobia would frequent navigation aids but this has become less of a habit due to angling pressure.
One of the preferred ways to catch cobia consistently is to simply bottom fish near wrecks and structure. Cobia respond well to live bait and find comfort and food source near large bottom structure.
As a note you should always look around large marinelife for swimming cobia. Large sharks, manta rays, whales and turtles can often hold cobia that relate to them as traveling companions or hitchhikers.
spawns in spring and early summer; feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish. Target this fish in early spring or late winter (feb-april). Cobia are often seasonal so make your reservations during this time of year.
Cobia Fishing Information & Photos
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Minimum size 33" to fork 1 per harvester or 6 per vessel per day, whichever is less.
103 lbs., 12 ozs.
Cobia Fishing at it's Finest
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 29 2016 20:35:19.
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January - 2018 Fishing Report
The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.
January - 2018 Fishing Forecast
Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.
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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.
Hands down, Captain Richard and his wife Captain Gina make for an incredible fishing experience. Richard is a true professional and a real pleasure to be with. Gina provides exceptional customer service and makes you feel very much appreciated. Can't wait to get back there again.
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