Cobia are not only an exciting catch, but they taste delicious too!
It is becoming more popular as more people realize the great taste and texture Chefs Jamie Oliver and Mario Batali each cooked several dishes made with cobia in the “Battle Cobia” episode of the Food Network program Iron Chef America,
Cobia is sold commercially and commands a relatively high price for its firm texture and excellent flavor. However, no designated wild fishery exists because it is a solitary species. This means they cannot be farmed in mass quantities, like talapia.
Therefore, when demand exceeds the supply, we lose access to the resource. For many years the cobia population in coastal South Carolina was on the decline. But, according to several fishermen I spoke to they numbers are on the rise. On calm days, they reported seeing more cobia in the rivers. This is great for the species, but also the angler and those who love to eat them!
Often confused for sharks (which they love to follow, along with rays, buoys, etc.), the average cobia usually weighs around 35 to 40 pounds.
Adults can reach 60 pounds. Most of the time, they put up a tackle-busting battle, but are curious and will often swim right up to the boat, with or without a hook in them. Once they know the hook is there, watch out! You’re in for a battle.
Many times, you will have them swimming around the boat and they will not touch a bait, making you want to pull your hair out. One thing everyone agrees on — they’re delicious. Cobia is a very firm fish that lends itself well to the grill. It’s also delicious prepared in any way that you prefer.
So, all in all, cobia offers excellent game fishing and even better eating.
Please help this great species: take only what you need and can use … and let the rest go, so we can rebuild this important fishery.
Article by Capt. Miles Altman.
Capt. Miles Altman of Bayrunner Fishing Charters has more than 42 years of experience fishing. Don’t miss the Finatic boat which accommodates up to 12 passengers and features a special 3-hour shark/dolphin eco-tour trip. Contact Capt. Miles at (843) 290-6955 to book an unforgettable inshore or offshore charter fishing trip, departing from Shelter Cove Marina.