- The Cobia is mostly a solitary fish, but does school during spawning and sometimes found in groups hear areas of structure like wrecks, buoys, oil rigs and reefs.
- They are widespread throughout tropical and subtropical waters. In Australia they are found in most places except for southern waters.
- Cobia are often confused with Remoras. The distinguishing features between the two include the dorsal sucker and slender body of the Remora.
- Cobia are carnivores, feeding on smaller fish, squid & crustaceans. They are also know to be scavenge, following sharks, turtles & manta rays in search of discarded or missed pieces of food.
- Estimated lifespan is around 15 years. With breeding happening offshore between the months of April and September.
- The Cobia is the only species in the family Rachycentridae.
- The main predators of Cobia include sharks and larger predatory fish.
Commercial & Recreational Fishing
Cobia are a popular recreational fish known for their strong fight and large size. They can be caught from shore or boat and are abundant throughout most Australian coastlines excluding the south. They have a growing commercial relevance and in recent times are being farmed in certain parts of the world.
Species: Rachycentron canadum
Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Cobia are currently categorised as “Least Concern”(LC).
LC is the lowest category on the scale for risk with “Extinct”(EX) being the highest.
Fish Taste Quality
Cobia are a great table fish when eaten fresh. Great cooked in grilled or poached fillets.
Taste Rating: 4/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Large circle hook rigged on leader with/without sinker with a crimp sleeve
Bait: Anchovy, Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Pilchards, Squid
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure, Slowly sink bait towards bottom
Popularity: Highly Targeted