Sight Fishing for Cobia is On Fire in the Spring!
March through May is by far the best time of year to go fishing for Cobia near Daytona Beach! How do you find the Cobia? By sight fishing for Giant Rays! No, we don't target the Rays, we're after Cobia. (Large rays such as Devil Rays and Manta Rays are protected in Florida state waters and federal waters. The smaller stingrays are not) Cobia love to swim in the shadows of large rays! When you find a large ray, there's often Cobia swimming just below.
Cobia are highly mobile but are also attracted to buoys and other floating objects where they feed on fish, crabs, shrimp and squid. To the Cobia, the wide shadow cast by a large Ray resembles a large floating object where they can expect to find a food source. These large rays are pelagic species meaning they swim in open water like Tuna or Sailfish. During the Spring, they can be found swimming in shallow coastal waters such as off the Daytona Beach shoreline, 1/2 to 5 miles offshore, in 30 to 60 feet of water.
Like whales, large rays breach, for unknown reasons. Large rays love to swim at high speed and then leap high above the surface. It may be part of mating behavior or to dislodge parasites. Either way you can spot them from a mile away and there's probably Cobia swimming below.
Imagine seeing a 16 foot Ray leaping out of the water! It's more common than you think in Daytona Beach waters during the Spring and there's probably large Cobia swimming just below. Either way, Captain Corey is an expert at spotting these leaping giants as they burst out of the water as well as spotting them as they swim just below the surface of the clear Atlantic waters. In a moment, it's full speed ahead toward the giant ray and casting for Cobia is just minutes away.
Happy Client of On The Hook Charters with a Cobia recently caught with Captain Corey >>>
Using this technique, Captain Corey has caught a 68 pound Cobia just a couple of miles off the Daytona Beach shoreline. Even Cobia in the 20 to 40 pound range put up a great fight and will make your Daytona Beach fishing charter with Captain Corey a memorable trip!