Information about Cobia
Cobia are easily recognised by their short spines of the first dorsal fin as well as having a distinctive pale and dark horizontal banding along the side of the fish. At first glance they look a little bit like a shark and have a wide flattened head and slightly protruding lower jaw. Juvenile cobia have a slightly rounded tail whereas adult Cobia have a distinctive forked tail.
Cobia feed primarily on crabs, squid and fish. They often follow larger predators such as sharks, turtles and manta rays to scavenge food particles. Coba can be very curious fish, and often show little or no fear of boats.
Coba are also a fast growing fish and produce massive numbers of eggs when they spawn. It is for this reason that they are being researched as a suitable species for Aquaculture.
Cobia can get really big too – up to 2 metres and weighing as much as 61kg. As table fare, Cobia are a top eating fish. The firm white flesh can be cooked in almost any way and it has the added bonus of freezing well. Being a thick skinned fish makes Cobia easy to take the skin off the large meaty fillets.
Coba can be a worthy opponent when fishing and are a lot of fun to catch. They are a great sport fish and can pull like mad and give you a great workout if you hook one. They are usually caught on Norseman when we are bottom fishing for other species.
Cobia are more commonly caught in our summer months.