Cobia Fever

By: Terry Gibson


Ever since the advent of social media, especially Facebook, sitting at my desk and getting any writing done has become a lot harder. That’s because so many of my Facebook Friends are fishing buddies, and fishing captains.

I bet you know the feeling when a buddy posts a photo or ENTIRE ALBUM from a great day on the water while you are making the mortgage. It seems borderline obnoxious. Mean even.

Today was a warm, sunny, flat-calm day. Mother Nature had served up ideal conditions for sight fishing for cobia. I mean one of those banner-pulling planes might as well have flown buy waving a sign saying, “You are guaranteed to catch your limit today.”

Torture, I tell you, but you know the feeling, which got a lot worse when Jensen Beach-based Capt. Justin Rieger posted a shot of his clients with their limits of hefty fish.

If you’re visiting Florida’s East Coast this spring, the cobia are running and the cobia fishing will get better and better from the Treasure Coast north through Jacksonville and warm, springtime ocean water climbs the coast.

If you’ve never sight fished for the species before, it’s exhilarating. They feed in packs, and will race each other to devour your jig or fly. They fight powerfully, and rate on my top three as table fare. My favorite places to target cobia include the Stuart area, the beaches north of Sebastian Inlet, and around Cape Canaveral.

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