The cobia is often described as looking like a cross between a shark and a catfish.  The cobia has a large head, whitish lips, dark brown to tan back and white bellies.


They inhabit coastal offshore waters and prefer structures and reefs.  They migrate and can be seen swimming on the surface.Very curious around objects and boats, they show an affinity to hang around larger sea creatures like sharks, manta rays and stingrays.  They will swim around buoys and oilrigs in search of prey.

State Record

112 pounds, Jason Reed, 1994

Fishing Tips

Cobia are caught while bottom fishing reefs and wrecks with jigs, live and dead baits and swimming plugs.  They are also sight fished on the surface with live bait, jigs and lures.  Some preferred baits include eels, shrimp, small baitfish and natural bait tipped jigs.