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Cobia

Rachycentron canadum

Other Game Fish Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Cobia


Common Name(s):
Ling, Cabio, Lemonfish
Description:
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:
Remora
Feeding Habits:
The Cobia feed mainly on crab, squid, and small fish.
Range:
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.
Habitat:
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)