Cobia (ling)

Cobia (ling)

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Family Rachycentridae, 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. East of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach.

Size: common to 30 pounds.

*Florida Record: 103 lbs., 12 ozs.

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