Cobia (ling)


Family Rachycentridae, COBIA
Rachycentron canadum

Description: Long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.

Similar Fish: remora, Echeneis naucrates.

Where found: both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around bouys, pilings, and wrecks.

Size: common to 30 pounds.

*Florida Record: 103 lbs., 12 ozs.

Remarks: spawns in spring and early summer; feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish.

* The Florida records quoted are from the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are provided as only as a benchmark.


Min. Size Limits: Not less than 33" at the fork

Closed Seasons: None.

Daily Rec. Bag Limit: 1 per person per day or 6 per vessel per day, whichever is less

Remarks: A Saltwater products license and restricted species endorsement are needed to sell cobia or exceed bag limit.