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Rachycentron canadum

Other Game Fish Family

Saltwater Fish Identification


Common Name(s):
Ling, Cabio, Lemonfish
The Cobia is a long, slim fish with a broad depressed head and the lower jaw projects past upper jaw. The dark lateral stripe extends through the eye to its tail. The first dorsal fin is comprised of 7 to 9 free spines and when it is young it has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.
Similar Fish:
Feeding Habits:
The Cobia feed mainly on crab, squid, and small fish.
Cobia are found both inshore and offshore in warm tropical waters. In North America are mainly found along the Florida coast and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Cobia can be found both inshore and near shore inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around buoys, pilings, and wrecks.
Typical Size:
The Cobia average around 30 pounds but it is not uncommon to catch a 70, 80 or even a 90 pound fish. They can reach over 6 feet in length.
World Record:
135 pounds, 9 ounces (IGFA)