Late May Surf Fishing For Cobia

We are approaching Memorial Day Weekend, first and foremost we should take time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who died in active military service of our country. I know many think of this as a long weekend that kicks off their summer, or a time to run to the big box hardware store to take advantage of a Memorial Day sale. For many North Carolina fishermen, Memorial Day Weekend is when the Cobia fishing is at its peak.  They are mostly caught by pier fishermen and boat fishermen in North Carolina, however they can be caught from the surf.

FMIB 51043 Cobia or Crab-Eater

As a surf fisherman, should you opt to target cobia, you should first fish where they are in our surf. This means traveling to Hatteras or Ocracoke Islands where your odds of encountering this fish in the surf zone is higher. I, for one, have encountered them at Hatteras Inlet and along the Hook just south of Cape Point. Cobia are brutal fighters, do not think you can catch these fish on light tackle. I would opt for a high capacity, conventional saltwater reel loaded up with fresh 25-40 lb monofiliment line. Your shock leader should be at least twice the breaking strength of your line and don’t scrimp on your terminal tackle either.  5/0 to 9/0 circle hooks are a good idea. Be prepared, should you hook a cobia, there will be a fight. These fish do not give up. Fights can last an hour or more. Cobia take a wide variety of bait. Cut bait, live bait and artificials can induce cobia to bite.

Cobia are very tasty and can be prepared in many number of ways.  Baked, grilled or smoked. In particular, the cobia’s head is known for being used in stews, so do not discard the head when cleaning your catch.

Tight Lines!

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Daiwa Coastal TWS Saltwater Baitcasting Reel – click on image for more info.


3 thoughts on “Late May Surf Fishing For Cobia

  1. I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website. I really hope to see the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own blog now 😉


  2. You’re right that we must remember that Memorial Day is not just a long weekend. I also agree that cobia is a delicious fish. I love to catch and then cook it.


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