How to Catch Cobia
Rigs and Techniques
When encountered, cobia are usually not hard to tempt. They will happily take mulies, squid, strips of fish and other baits, especially when fished with just a light weight or without any weight at all.
They also respond well to lures, including bibbed lures that are trolled or cast. They’ll happily hit lead-head jigs and sometimes respond well to poppers. Jigs and soft plastics are also very effective on cobia. Sight casting soft plastics or at cobia sitting on manta rays or sharks is a highly productive way to fish for them. Many lures are lost though by anglers who find themselves hooked to the host rather than the fish!
When hooked cobia are capable of very long and powerful runs, but they will also often come in quite quickly, leading the angler to think the battle is won. However, they invariably get a strong second wind at that point and it pays to exercise caution when using the gaff, as they are incredibly strong fish.
Don’t forget to check if you need a WA fishing licence before heading out.