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Updated: 12/21/2017 08:30:01AM

Cobia on the flats

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By Capt. Cayle Wills

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Cobia are one of our most sought-after fish. They give an excellent fight and even better table fare. The past few years, we have been seeing more and more cobia here through the winter. It’s not surprising, considering they can handle a wide temperature range from 35 to 90 degrees. And now we’re starting to see more on the flats in shallow water. Again, for a fish whose intelligence in seriously underestimated, it’s not surprising that they are learning where most of the food resides in the winter.

Finding cobia on the flats can be easy, but I will give you the same advice for fishing cobia in deep water in the Harbor: Go fish for something else. Target trout and bonnethead shark. If you find a large collection of trout and bonnetheads, there is a good chance you will find cobia. They are all looking for the same things — shrimp and crabs — and don’t think the cobia won’t eat those trout. They will take advantage of most smaller fish on the flats from pinfish to puffers (they love puffers).

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