Spring is the time when cobia migrate to the shallows. These big brutes can be found cruising the flats. The migration begins as soon as the water temperatures hit 68 to 70 degrees. Cobia can be found sight-fishing the flats. Sometimes they can be fickle eaters, but using live-bait like pinfish or other baitfish will garner more bites. Casting bucktail jigs can also get finicky fish to bite. Cobia are big fish and fight like there’s no tomorrow, so beef up your tackle with a heavy-duty rod and reel combination, like a G. Loomis E6X 904S (7’6” Medium-Heavy Power) paired with a Shimano Spheros 4000. This combination will help you cast long distances while sight-fishing and the 4000 size reel with a sturdy drag and deep spool will help you get these fish in the boat. Spool up with 30- to 40-pound PowerPro line for the ultimate is strength and castability.
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