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Port Canaveral Cobia
Local Fisher of Men Takes a Day to Fish for Ling with a Guide
Saturday April 29, 2017
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.
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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©
April - 2017 Fishing Report
April - 2017 Fishing Forecast
April of 2017 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.
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Inshore Charter Fishing in the Banana River Lagoon near 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.
A very knowledgeable guide and knows the area waters well. We were on big reds and trout within minutes of the leaving the dock and ventured about the lagoon to catch different species. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable!
Richard’s boat was well equipped with good equipment, he was well prepared to adapt to the different types of fishing through out the day. My primary focus was sight fishing for big reds on fly - the flies that Capt. Richard provided were right on!
Booking the charter was a breeze, his wife Capt. Gina was very accommodating to work me in (thank you Capt. Gina).
Capt. Richard seemed to know who was hungry at the right times – and we had some impressive catches! Well done Capt. Richard, and thanks for a great day on the water!
Written by: Ray Norman about Lagooner Fishing Charters on January 21, 2015
5 / 5 stars