Cobia Fishing In Early Spring

Welcome to our guide on fishing for Cobia inshore. Cobia, also known as ling or lemonfish, are a highly prized gamefish that are found in warm waters around the world. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know to successfully catch Cobia inshore.

First, let's talk about the equipment you'll need. For fishing for Cobia inshore, you'll want a medium to heavy action spinning or baitcasting rod, with a reel that can handle 20-40 lb test line. You'll also want a sturdy rod holder, as Cobia can put up quite a fight once hooked.

As for bait, Cobia are opportunistic feeders and will eat a wide variety of prey, including crabs, squid, and small fish. Live bait is typically the most effective, and you can use live shrimp, pinfish, or mullet.

When fishing for Cobia inshore, look for structures such as buoys, wrecks, or bridge pilings, as these provide good hiding places for the fish. Cobia are also known to follow large rays or sharks, so keep an eye out for these as well.

Once you've located a good spot, it's time to drop your bait. Use a 2-3 foot leader and attach your live bait to a hook that matches the size of the bait. Cast your bait up current of the structure, and let it drift naturally towards the structure.

When you feel a tug on your line, don't immediately set the hook. Cobia have a tendency to grab the bait and swim away with it before swallowing it, so you'll want to give them a few seconds before setting the hook. When you do set the hook, be prepared for a fight! Cobia are strong swimmers and will try to run back to the structure, so make sure you have a good grip on your rod and reel.

If you do manage to successfully reel in a Cobia, it's important to handle them with care. Use a large landing net or gaff to bring them aboard, and be sure to support their weight with both hands. Cobia have sharp fins and teeth, so be careful not to get poked or bitten.

In summary, when fishing for Cobia inshore, make sure you have the right equipment and bait, look for structures and follow large rays or sharks, drop your bait up current of the structure, and be prepared for a fight. With a little patience and perseverance, you'll be sure to catch a Cobia in no time!

That's all for our guide on fishing for Cobia inshore. Thanks for reading, and happy fishing!

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