May is ‘Cobia Time’ in Savannah, Georgia! This is one fish that sparks the interest of many offshore as well as inshore fishermen. When cruising near the surface the cobia looks like a cross between a big catfish and shark. When one of my customers yells, “shark” I grab my standby ready rod, hit the deck, and start looking for a cobia.
The cobia are curious fish. They are attracted by noise as well as any sort of provided shad. Believe me, my customers provide the noise and my boat provides the shad. I know this will sound crazy to you, but I’ve come up with a winning combination at catching yourself a cobia. When this fish passes by my boat then starts to swim away I simply grab an empty can and throw it behind the fish. When the can hits the water the fish picks up the vibration and most of the time makes a turn back towards the boat. This is a proven suggestion to get your best chance at seeing or catching a cobia.
Cobia are also known for swimming with sea turtles, sharks, whale sharks, ocean sunfish, and manta rays. They are big fans of objects floating on the surface such as jetsam and flotsam. When I am heading offshore I am always looking for any of the above, because these things provide a target rich environment for a cobia. If you happen upon any of these things stop your boat before you get real close or else if there is a fish it will most likely swim right to your boat. Be prepared with some sort of live bait such as cigar minnows, Spanish sardines, pinfish, eels, or live shrimp.
If you don’t want to mess with real bait then I suggest using a jig that has been proven by me many times over! Its nickname is Cobia Candy by WhoopAss Tackle Company! When working this lure up and down, even when the fish is hitting it, whatever you do, do not stop the movement. A fleeing bait fish moves at different angles to get away from a hungry fish. This happens especially when the fleeing bait fish is caught out in the open water and can’t find any sort of cover. All the bait fish has is its ability to confuse its aggressor. The good news is that your WhoopAss Jig is not a real fish it’s just an extension of what you think one acts like. All I can say now is, “Work it like a fleeing bait fish thinks and the hooking up deal is done!”
Captain Judy Helmey owner of Miss Judy Charters and a proud member of Captain Cefus’s Nuts and Bolts WhoopAss Tackle Fishing Catching Team!