Cobia Fishing Destin, Florida

Cobia Image Source: Marine Creations Taxidermy

If you want a thrilling experience plan now to take advantage of the migration patterns of the mighty Cobia, otherwise known as the “brown torpedo”. An experienced Destin charter boat captain will know how to navigate the inlets and coastal waters of Florida to increase your chance of hooking this most popular game fish as it seeks out warming water temperatures. And your guide knows that structures such as markers, oil rigs, ships, and even other large fish, often serve as places where the cobia can feel protected. Your charter captain will keep a keen eye around these favorite haunts to help you hook one of these ferocious fighters. You will have a game fishing experience to remember and tasty cobia steaks to take home.

 Destin Charter Boat Captain Key to Cobia Catch

Cobia are good game fish and weigh an average twenty to forty pounds, but some of the big bruisers weigh as much one hundred pounds, with sixty pounds and up being considered a big catch. (The Florida Record for Cobia is 130.1 lbs. caught near Destin!) This muscular fish, which is often mistaken for a shark by even experienced anglers, can put up quite a fight. The action begins with a hit and then the line starts screaming off the reel. Your experienced Destin charter boat captain will be sure you have the appropriate tackle and gear for the anticipated challenge of reeling in this hard fighting fish. Then use caution bringing the cobia on board as it has seven to ten spines along its back that normally lie down, but protrude when the fish is threatened and can produce severe injury to an unsuspecting angler. This is another time when you will appreciate the experience of your captain and first mate.

Not Only a Thrilling Catch but Good Eating Too

The meat of this fish is mild and firm. Many people detect a slight lemon flavor in the meat, hence the alternate name of lemon fish. The cobia steaks work well in any recipe calling for a mild, white fish, and cobia steaks stand up well to grilling. The first mate on board your Destin charter boat will filet and package your cobia catch and put them on ice ready for you to take home and enjoy.