Florida Regulations:

    Gear Requirements:

    Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net

    Habitat and Fishing Tips:

    Cobia is a favorite sport fish for many shoreline and off-shore anglers because it is one of
    the few species that are found throughout Florida’s marine environment. Like many of the
    pelagic species, cobia are highly mobile but also attracted to buoys, channel markers and
    other floating objects where they feed on fish, crabs, shrimp and squid. Cobia prefer water
    temperatures above 68 degrees and migrate to the south in October to avoid cold water
    temperatures in the northern parts of the state. Anglers often target them visually around
    buoys, over grass flats and along sandy beaches. This visual targeting, and the
    subsequent chase, often results in “spooked” cobia that can be difficult to catch. While a
    hungry and “un-spooked” cobia will take almost anything, live eels, pinfish or blue runners
    have proven to be irresistible to even the most finicky cobia. A wide range of tackle can be
    used depending on the location and bait. Spinning or bait-casting tackle with 15 to 30
    pound test is commonly used.         

    State Record:

    130 lb 1 oz, caught near Destin

    Florida Rule   

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