Cobia Fishing in Islamorada
Looking for a great fight and an even better dinner? This aggressive fish readily strikes both live and artificial baits and can be found close to shore for the majority of their lifetime, making them easy targets for anglers. They grow to well over 100 pounds, and are one of the best-fighting fish out there.
Best baits to use when fishing for cobia
Here's a hint on the best bait to use: crabs compose 70% of the cobia's diet.
- Crabs (live crabs are better, but quartered pieces will work)
- Live pinfish
- Cut baits: cut mullet, halves of threadfin, chunks of ladyfish
- well-rigged plastic eels
As cobia are notorious for wrapping lines around buoys and wreck structures, you'll want to use a 30 lb. test line or heavier.
Keys are a seasonal hotspot for cobia
Along the Atlantic coast, cobia spend the winter months near the Keys, and will typically migrate northwards as spring and summer approach.
Islamorada is known around the world for their first-class fishing
Federal and Florida laws state laws allow fishing for cobia year-round. You can keep 1 fish per person per day, or 6 fishes per boat, whichever is less. The minimum size limit is 33 inches, head to tail fork.
Go with a guide who knows the waters
Add to that the fact that fishing charters typicallly supply bait and tackle, and it's an easy decision.
Dreaming of fishing in the Keys?
Plan your trip today! Islamorada is where great sports fishermen go when they want the best there is.