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Cocoa Beach has some spectacular fishing off it's coastline during the spring and summer for large roaming cobia. Sight fishing is the most fun for anglers as they get to see the fish before casting toward them offering bait and artificials.

During the months of March and April during Spring Break and when the temperatures are starting to warm up is the very best time to target migrating cobia on Florida's coastlines. You can find cobia simply swimming along the surface basking in the sun, making wrecks and reefs home or following large marine life like turtles, manta rays, sharks and the likes. It's not uncommon to find cobia swimming around flotsam or buoys, chances are good in Florida, if you see something floating in the ocean, you just might find a curious cobia.

How do I connect with a Cobia Fishing Charter Captain and Guide?

Port Canaveral host every last one of the best cobia fishing charter boats for Cocoa Beach visitors and residents. Don't bother with some wanna-be charter captain from more than 25 miles away, the port host a small fishing fleet of advanced and expert fishing charter Captains. Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides lives adjacent to the City of Cape Canaveral and is five minutes away from marinas and launches at Port Canaveral. He's lived here his entire life and hasn't missed a cobia season in over 20 years.

Port Canaveral is directly adjacent to Cocoa Beach and is the very best place to go find cobia during the right time of the year. Cobia are warmer, tropical and sub-tropical fish and can be found where the water is at least 68 degrees. Typically cobia will migrate up to the Chesapeake during the summer and then go south for the winter to Florida. There are cobia that are residents and will not migrate, but move further out on the continental shelf when the cooler water comes to take advantage of the gulf stream water. Look for cobia during the spring and summer off Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach and a sprinkling of cobia during warmer days in the winter/fall.

"I've fished with Captain Richard off Cocoa Beach for years and we've always had fun and landed some great cobia too."
Neil Mizell
Merritt Island, FL

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Vacations are meant to be a way to "get away and relax", that's why Lagooner Fishing Guides prides itself with helping customers with their vacation plans to the Orlando Florida area. We take care of it all from the when and where's to what equipment and boats to use for each situation. After all it's your fishing trip and it should be easy. Call us or fill out the form on this page for additional information. Our belief is that a fishing trip should be an easy thing and no worries about what to bring other than your favorite food and/or beverage. Call Lagooner Fishing Guides today and reserve a date today!

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.

Remarks

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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Regulations

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

State Record

103 lbs., 12 ozs.

Cobia Fishing in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: May 15 2017 16:27:23.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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Fishing Reports

November - 2017 Fishing Report

November in Central Florida can be an up or down proposition for fishing offshore as the nor-easterner's start to blow and seas pick up. However, it can be rewarding for anglers looking to cash in on the end of the fall mullet run for almost every type of nearshore species from jacks and snook to redfish and tarpon. If the temperatures and wind stay cooperative, look for nearshore to be productive, but if the seas get angry look inshore towards the lagoons for redfish, sea trout and possibly some snook action at Sebastian Inlet and the Indian River Lagoon. November is a Central Florida transition month so don't be surprised to see fish getting active and feeding heavily before the winter cool down when bait becomes less abundant and fish look to warm up on the shallow water flats later in the morning.

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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.

Great day with a great Captain! - No matter your skill level....Richard does an awesome job of putting you on fish! He is professional, courteous and always a ton of fun and laughter! If you are looking for a fun day on the water....a family outing....or serious fishing....Richard is your guy!
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