Cobia

If you’re looking for a fight, I’ll test your might.

Cobia are a great fighting fish and they are coveted by many fishers because they take some effort and skill to find. But, they are worth the reward, providing a thrilling fishing experience.

Catch Cobia!

Take a boat trip with Creek to Coast fisher Sally Jenyns as she catches a Cobia. (Video courtesy of our friends at Creek to Coast).

Cobia Q&A: Sally Jenyns

Why do you love fishing for Cobia?

I feel good about catching a fish that has good yield… there’s so much flesh on a Cobia, rather than keeping and filleting a fish that has more than a third of its body as head which is often thrown away.

Where and when do you go to catch Cobia off the Sunshine Coast?

I‘ve been lucky in those perfect calm Queensland winter days… as always looking for structure and bait.

What gear, bait, techniques do you use to catch Cobia?

Jigging with a light rod for sport.

Why would you recommend fishers give Cobia a go?

Fun to catch and yield, yield, yield! Feed your fam and have some more fillets to share with your mates.

Any other insider tips to help people enjoy catching Cobia?

Once you catch and cook one, you won’t need me to talk you into doing it again.

Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)

Also called Black Kingfish.

Description:

  • Dark brown back and sides.
  • Two sharply defined narrow silvery bands (not as prominent in dead specimens).
  • Yellowish belly.
  • First dorsal fin has on average eight short but strong isolated spines (not connected by a membrane).

Size

Common length: 110cm
Maximum length: 200cm.

Distribution

All Queensland waters. Pelagic. Shallow coral reefs and off rocky shores. Occasionally in estuaries.

Size limits

Minimum size: 75cm

Possession limits

2

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