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Cobia rachycentron canadum
aka: Black Kingfish, Prodigal Son

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Be prepared for a serious arm-wrestle from a seriously hard pulling sport fish.

Cobia are axceptionally powerful battlers providing long, fast runs, sometimes jumps, and the don't give up very easily. Often mistaken for sharks, cobia are often found swimming with manta rays, whales and large sharks.


They are found in Northern oceanic waters of Australia - occasionally in Southerern waters of the continent depending on warm currents in summer.

Size: 5 - 20kg. But can reach up to 70kg in some places.

They are a good eating fish too with a firm white flesh.


Tackle and methods for Cobia

What tackle to use
Depends on the size of fish being targeted - they grow extremely large so 9 - 14wt outfits will cover all situations and make sure you have a reel with a strong drag with plenty of backing.

What flies to use
Deceivers; Clousers; Whistlers; Pink Things; Profile flies

Fishing strategy
Anything really, Large is good!!! They like to hang around Manata Rays, but otherwise deep on structures such as channel markers.

Sinking lines will get flies down to the required depths for fish that hang under mantas and down around markers or structure. Occasionally they are found on the surface but a sinking line should be first choice.

Target Cobia in the following locations:

Target Cobia with the following guides:

Australian Flyfishing Outfitters

Carpentaria Seafaris

Exmouth Fly Fishing

Fish Philliskirk

Gavin Platz

Mark Bargenquast

Nomad Sportfishing

One Tree Beach

Paul Dolan

Wilderness Island
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