Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)


Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)

Cobia caught in the surf in Delaware

Also known as … Bonito, Ling, Crabeater, black kingfish, black salmon, lemonfish, prodigal son, aruan tasek, coby

Description …

Cobia are large long fish with a dark chocolate brown colors on the back and sides that fade to a white belly.  The juveniles will often have a brown back with a white horizontal stripe, a very dark stripe and a secondary white stripe down the side with a rounded tail.  The tail on the adults are a deep fork, and the dorsal fin is replaced by 7 to 9 short spines, however the second dorsal fin is pronounced.  This dorsal when they are skimming the waters surface is commonly mistaken for a small shark.  The lower jaw protrudes past the upper jaw and broad flattened head.  Juveniles are often mistaken for remoras.   They have a smooth texture body with small scales.

Cobia, “Rachycentron canadum” by Jorge Alarcon or Dr. Daniel Benetti – NOAA Photo

Cobia are very good to eat and are strong fighters when caught on rod and reel.   They will hit bunker chunks and bluefish is a preferred bait. Once in a while they will be caught in the Indian River Inlet when the bluefish schools are in feeding.

Delaware Creel Limit …  pending     

John Burbage with his 79.4 pound Delaware State Record cobia .. photo From John Burbage
cobia, henlopen pier, fishing pier, delaware, sussex county, harbor of safe refuge
Cobia caught at the Henlopen Pier Saturday morning … photo from Mike Schwander

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