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Sunday June 24, 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.

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Minimum size 33" to fork 1 per harvester or 6 per vessel per day, whichever is less.

State Record

103 lbs., 12 ozs.

Catching Cobia off of Port Canaveral

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 29 2016 20:35:23.

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June of 2018 is looking to be a hot summer with hot fishing off of East Central Florida near Cocoa Beach. Orlando visitors should anticipate the warm weather and great fishing that coastal and offshore fishing provides in the warm Atlantic Ocean this time of year. Last year in 2017 we saw many tarpon exceeding 100 pounds caught off the Brevard County beaches along with a good amount of sharks, king mackerel and really big Jack Crevelle that kept things interesting. Looking forward to this year's forecast on the Space Coast remember that the coastal waters along the Atlantic seaboard and Ocean will probably be the most productive fishing during the month of June and as we look in to August the ocean will look to be the most inviting destination for anglers in the heat of the Central Florida Summer.

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