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Port Canaveral Cobia
Local Fisher of Men Takes a Day to Fish for Ling with a Guide
Tuesday January 23, 2018
First Baptist Church of Merritt Island has a pastor and fisherman that is hooked on Port Canaveral cobia fishing! Ask Curt what kind of fishing he likes the best and he'll tell you "there isn't much better for an angler than sightfishing off Port Canaveral for monster cobia with fishing guide, Capt. Richard Bradley and friends".
Cobia fishing can be as exciting as fishing gets, when the water temperature rises after the winter expect fish to show up around Cape Canaveral and Port Canaveral Fishing Guides like Captain Richard Bradley will be to be catching them when the weather's fair enough to look around.
"We used chartreuse jigs and rubber eels this day to fool a few cobia into biting." explains Captain Richard. "When the cobia are around and biting it's difficult to find an artificial they won't take."
Pastor Dodd holds up a nice cobia for the grill and the camera! Richard's pastor and friend takes a few days each year with Captain Richard for Cobia Fishing off Port Canaveral. "I just feel closer to God when I'm fishing" explains Curt with a big smile and a passion to see people know Christ.
When Is The Best Cobia Fishing?
When the water starts to change temperature during the spring, look for cobia to make their migration north and start popping up in places to look for food. Cobia are a warm water animal and like temperatures to be between 68°F and 72°F to make a showing. Cobia look for food, comfort and structure so you can find them around floating debris, big marine animals like manta rays, sharks and whale or manmade wrecks and buoys. You may even experience them following your boat when moving slowly. If there's plenty of bait around, there's also a good chance of finding cobia too.
"I just feel closer to God when I'm fishing"
Explains Pastor Curt Dodd
Cobia range the whole eastern seaboard of the United States and into the Gulf of Mexico too. It's rare, but cobia can run over 100 pounds but the average around Port Canaveral seems to be around 25 to 30 pounds. Their diet consist of basically anything that swims from crabs, shrimp and finfish to even dead stuff on occasion.
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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.
Catching Cobia off of Port Canaveral
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 29 2016 20:35:23.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
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.
Lagooner Fishing Guides - Our experience with Lagooner Fishing Guides was top notch. While booking the trip Captain Gina was very patient and answered all of my questions (even after calling 2-3 times). It is worth noting the communication from Lagooner after booking and before the trip was first class and on time. Fishing with Captain Richard was a great experience. I had my 11 year old son with me and Captain Richard wasted no time engaging him in an effort to make my son comfortable. The time spent on the boat was pleasant and conversation flowed freely. It was obvious after a few minutes Captain Richard was very experienced and was extremely knowledgeable of the area we were fishing. Captain Richard worked very hard to ensure we had a good time fishing. When I go back again there is no question who I will be fishing with.
Written by: Paxsman about Lagooner Fishing Charters on May 9, 2016
5 / 5 stars