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Cobia

Rachycentron canadum

 

Description: long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes

 

Similar Fish: remora, Echeneis naucrates

 

Where found: both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around bouys, pilings, and wrecks

 

Size: common to 30 lbs.

 

*Florida Record: 103 lbs, 12 ozs.

 

Remarks: spawns in spring and early summer; feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish

* The Florida records quoted are from the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are provided as only as a benchmark.

 

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