COBIA

COBIA

Rachycentron canadum


REGION
Northern WA, Southern WA, VIC, NSW/ACT, Southern QLD, Northern QLD, NT
CATCH EASE
Hard
HABITAT
Ocean, Offshore, Reef, Structure

Is a special type of marine fish, in that it is one of the largest order of vertebrates. Cobia are known by a variety of other names including Black Kingfish, Black Salmon, Ling, Lemonfish, Lemon Fish, Crab Eater, Crabeater, Prodigal Son, Sergeant Fish, Cobe and Black Bonito.

HOW TO IDENTIFY COBIA

This large pelagic species can grow to around 2m with a full body weight of around 70kg. Cobia have a very elongated body. They are often mistaken for sharks because of the shape of the body and the high dorsal fin. Cobia have a relatively pointed head, the eyes are small and the lower jaw protrudes further than the upper jaw.

Cobia have a white to creamy belly, which is often darker around the anal fish. They do have stripes on the body which may not be that prominent although do become more prominent during spawning. The stripes fade soon after death.

The body colour is dark from a deep brown to black.

WHERE TO CATCH COBIA

They can be found as far south as Cape Naturaliste of the Margaret River region in Western Australia right around the top of Australia as far south as Sydney, New South Wales, although they do prefer tropical waters they are found in subtropical waters.

HOW TO CATCH COBIA

Cobia are generally found accidentally. They will sometimes gather around structures such as wharves and reefs. They are also well known for travelling with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, and this is often when they are encountered by recreational anglers. Cobia will take a huge variety of baits and are often taken on bottom baits and lures on the sand patches around reefs. They are a great fighting fish and just as good on the table.