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Cobia

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore).

CLOSED in Federal waters on January 24, 2017 to December 31, 2017 (3 to 200 miles offshore).
Size Limit
No Size Limit in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

CLOSED in Federal waters on January 24, 2017 to December 31, 2017 (3 to 200 miles offshore).
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

CLOSED in Federal waters on January 24, 2017 to December 31, 2017 (3 to 200 miles offshore).
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Cobia are found in nearshore waters, both deep and near the surface and are normally solitary but will congregate at artificial reefs, wrecks, buoys, and other structures.

They feed primarily on crabs, squids, and small fishes.
General Description
Cobia are a long, slim fish with a broad depressed head which is often mistaken for a shark or shark sucker.

The body is dark brown to silver, paler on the sides and grayish white to silvery below, with two narrow dark bands (stripes) extending from the snout to base of the tail.

The eyes are small.
Did You Know?
Cobia are the only living species in their family and they have no close relatives.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Cobia are usually aggressive eaters and take a huge variety of artificial lures such as bucktails, jigs, and swimming plugs.

Live crabs and small fish are good live baits for Cobia.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Cobia are caught by anglers at weights of less than 50 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 48 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 42 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 45 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 33.5 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record
None at the present (the minimum qualifying weight required to establish Delaware’s first state record for a Cobia is 45 pounds)