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Cobia Season, What it’s Really About!

Learn More About Cobia Season in Destin

If you have ever visited the beaches of Destin in the springtime, you have most likely seen fishermen out in the distance towering over the Gulf of Mexico. You may have wondered what they are looking for. These fishermen are scanning the tops of the water for Cobia! Continue reading for more information on Cobia season in Destin.

Learn More About Cobia Season in Destin

What is a Cobia?

A Cobia is a species of fish that looks very similar to a small shark. They are grey/tan on the top and white on the bottom. Cobias are a migratory fish which is what makes them so exciting to catch. They can grow to be over 100 pounds which means they put up a good fight when being reeled into a boat. It is considered a delicacy around the Gulf Coast as their season is short and they are delicious to eat. If you are visiting the Destin area during springtime and come across Cobia on a restaurant menu, we highly encourage you to try it! It is a mild fish that is typically baked or grilled.

How are they Caught?

Fishermen get very serious about catching Cobia. If their boat does not already come with a tower, they attach a fishing tower to the main console of the boat. This allows them to sit higher on the water. Cobia like the warmth of the sun. Because of this, they cruise through the Gulf of Mexico just on the top of the water making it easy to spot them from the tower on the boat. If one is spotted, a fisherman will drop a line with bait attached to it in front of the Cobia. They are hoping the Cobia will notice the bait and grab onto the hook. Cobia season typically starts in March; however, it is officially open when the first one is caught. Being the fisherman to catch the first Cobia of the season is a wonderful triumph! The season normally ends organically as the fish continue to migrate north.

If you have booked a fishing charter in Destin during your stay, ask your angler what the chances are you might include some Cobia fishing into your day. This way you get to experience the excitement that comes with Cobia season in Destin.

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