Cobia are notorious for wrapping lines around buoys and wreck structure, most anglers use 30-pound-test line or heavier. Once clear of obstructions, however, even large Cobia can be successfully fought with spinning, baitcasting and fly tackle—although a minimum of 10-pound line or tippet is advisable.
Jigs and large streamer flies are the most-used artificials. Spoons and swimming plugs often work well; you might wake them up with a surface plug, popper or tube lure. Live bait fish, such as Pinfish, Mullet, Cigar Minnows, Grunts and Jacks work best, but live shrimp, crabs, dead fish or squid are good too.
In Sarasota you can expect to find Cobia trailing along with large rays on the flats. Though seasonal, usually available from Spring to Summer, Cobia fishing heats up about the same time as the Tarpon run. Cobia is a great species to sight fish, and can put up n awesome drag screaming fight once hooked. We hope you choose us to make your Cobia Fishing trip a trip of a lifetime.