Cobia Invade Jupiter and West Palm Beach
Report Date: January 1, 2006
Awesome Cobia fishing is taking place offshore the Jupiter and West Palm Beach inlets. For the last two weeks almost every Captain I've spoken with have said the same thing..."Cobia, the best bite for Cobia in years". In between windy days and rough seas we've been able to capitalize on the action.
On many occasions fisherman associate Cobia fishing with chasing Manta Rays that cruise relatively shallow water close to the beach. For those who are unfamiliar with Cobia, one must understand there is a weird relationship between Cobia and Manta Rays. For whatever reason Cobes love to kind of hitch a ride and follow closely behind the Rays. Many boat Captains with Cobia fish by looking for the Rays.
That has not been the case as of late. The Cobia we have fished for and caught have in 90-180 feet of water. Some days we've found them inside the drop off and some on the outside. The chatter at the docks is that the Cobia schools have came in with the Bull Sharks the reside off West Palm Beach in the summer. Expect to loose a fish or two the sharks, it's an inevitable occurrence during the summer.
Larger Cobia have been caught on live goggle eyes fished deep, but most of ours have caught by drifting dead Sardines near the bottom. I know other boats have been deep jigging them as well.
Naturally we have not been "targeting" only Cobes. We've been kite fishing and drifting live bait, using goggle eyes. While doing so we've caught dolphin wahoo, sailfish, kings, amberjack and sharks. Fishing has been good and should only get better when the bait schools show up.
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