Cobia are a pelagic species of fish, which means they are always on the move looking for the perfect water temperature. In the Boynton Beach area you are going to have a fall and spring migration of Cobia. The fall Migration will start in October and usually ends about now - in December. The spring migration starts in March and ends in May. But that doesn't mean you can't catch Cobia year around.
Cobia love to hang around navigation markers, wrecks and artificial reefs, where they swim both at the surface and down deep. They will also ride alongside Manta Rays, other large rays and manatees, looking for an easy meal. One of the most effective ways that I have found Cobia is riding around checking all the navigation markers and seeing if Cobia are hanging underneath it. If I ever see or even catch a Cobia at one of these navigation markers I make a mental note to always check that marker. Many times I go back to that same marker and anchor up on it. I will immediately start to fish that marker even without seeing a Cobia, working a jig and a piece of cut bait. Cut-up squid and bait fish work great for this type of fishing. Dropping the jig to the bottom and working it through the water column and around the marker is the plan. A large percentage of the time I will catch a Cobia without ever seeing them on the marker. One of the best baits for a Cobia is a crab. The Cobia has two nicknames – "Crab eater" and "Lemon fish."
This info should help you out on your next Cobia trip. Thank you for sending in your question to The Online Fisherman.
Mike Cole for Captain David M Rieumont
The Online Fisherman Inc.