Fishing Report: Fort Myers fishing fall cobia
September 22nd, begins the 2010 fall season. The anticipated cooling climate allows the water temperatures to drop here in the Ft. Myers are, welcoming the fall migration of Cobia to the South. During this time, usually the later part of October, you may spot Cobia traveling in small schools and/or with rays inshore and nearshore right here in SW Florida.
Cobia can be caught using a few different techniques:
Bottom fishing with weights and live bait such as pinfish, bluerunners, or crabs.
Cobia are attracted to sound and movement, so using artificial baits is also a great choice. I prefer bright, noisy plugs which sink and/or dive.
You can also troll for Cobia from your boat using a heavy rod and reel with about a 4oz weight and live bait.
Cobia are known for putting up a fight, which makes the hunt all the more exciting. They take a little more skill and patience to land, but the prize is the fight.
Cobia aren't only known for there thrilling fight but also there flavor and texture. I practice catch and release, but if you choose to bring it home for dinner, please keep in mind the fwc regulations are 33" to fork. One per harvester or six per vessel per day.