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Cocoa Beach Cobia
Florida's Finest Fishing Trips for Ling and Lemon Fish
Sunday January 21, 2018
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."
Merritt Island, FL
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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.
Cobia Fishing in Cocoa Beach, Florida
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: May 15 2017 16:27:23.
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.
Amazing start to an amazing vacation! - Port Canaveral was our first stop on a 7 day Norwegian cruise out of New York City... When I didn't find any fishing excursions listed through NCL, I did a Google search and emailed a few different charter outfits. Capt. Gina was quick to respond and super to deal with. When she came right to the ship to pick us up for our trip she greeted us with a warm hug like we were lifelong friends. Capt Richard kept us on fish the entire time. We had many laughs and great conversation. I really enjoyed hearing him speak about his family. Caught some beautiful King Mackerel and a few other fish, WHAT A DAY! I would recommend Lagooner to anyone!
Written by: Shanee T about Lagooner Fishing Charters on March 1, 2015
5 / 5 stars