Cobia also known as Ling or Lemonfish, are another one of our oversized species found in both inshore and offshore waters. Cobia are big and brown and often mistaken as sharks to the inexperienced eye. One of the most popular methods of targeting the Cobia is sightfishing. Cobia are curious critters and are usually found cruising along the surface in search for food and friends. Though Cobia are considered a lucky find most of the year, they can be targeted exclusively during their spring and fall migration through our area. Most of the fish follow the beaches headed north in late February early March and on a heavy traffic day, you can encounter a lot of big fish action! Although most of our huge,70 plus pounders are caught on the offshore wrecks, they can also be caught within yelling distance of the beach. Cobia are considered "big fish" when compared to most inshore species, and can range in size from 5 to 50 pounds with bigger fish found occasionally. My largest Cobia in the shallows of Sarasota Bay was a 54 pound monster taken on 10 pound tackle, while Trout fishing!
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