Big Cobe

A few photos of a big cobia I shot off shark bay this week.


We were diving a nice 8m bombie in about 15m surrounded by sand. A mate said he’d seen a big manta earlier, and when I saw this off in the distance, I originally thought it was another shark! Once I realised it was a cobe, I took a few deep breaths and hid behind a fan coral for a few dives, until I ambushed him on one of his ledge patrols. I nailed a good holding shot, and he stripped a good 50m of line off my reel before I started to gain control! Unbelievable power these cobia.


Went 27kgs, and definately my pb. 

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 Big boy

Sat, 2019-09-14 08:13

 Big boy


lucky i love to fish because i cant catch any.



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Nice Cobe Scotto

Sat, 2019-09-14 08:17

 I reckon they're not too bad on the taste side either. 

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That is a nice

Sat, 2019-09-14 09:20



all aggressive fish love bigjohnsjigs

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 Be interested in how it

Sat, 2019-09-14 09:41

 Be interested in how it tasted. I caught an 80 pounder on line at Steep and it tasted like absolute crap.

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Nice one scottocouple trips

Sat, 2019-09-14 17:12

Nice one scotto

couple trips in close succession  

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Sat, 2019-09-14 17:44

Ripper cobe, we’ll done


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Now that is one very nice cobia

Sun, 2019-09-15 16:34

Well done on your capture with the straight hook, I too would be interested to hear how it was on the tooth.

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I have eaten them up to 65lb

Sun, 2019-09-15 17:10

I have eaten them up to 65lb and they have been fine. They are a massively underrated table fish IMHO. Always welcome on my boat...or from the stones up at Quobba.

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rippa cobia!

Sun, 2019-09-15 17:20

 landed a couple myself earlier in the week in the NW , both half that size. 


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 Absolute monster. 10 kg is

Sun, 2019-09-15 22:14

 Absolute monster. 10 kg is hard enough to reel in but on the straight hook is a cracking effort. Well done


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Haven’t had a bad one yet,

Mon, 2019-09-16 00:53

Haven’t had a bad one yet, they as good as anything and better than most by a country mile! 


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On the tooth

Wed, 2019-09-18 08:01

cheers for the comments lads.  I had some Saturday and Sunday night, and can confirm this particular specimen is excellent eating. 


There is more blood in cobia than a lot of other fish. The bloody lateral line and bloody parts just under the skin need to be removed or trimmed up, which I reckon stops the flesh getting bad flavours when cooked. This applies to all fish in my opinion. 

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 Managed to get a 14kg Cobia

Mon, 2019-09-16 20:55

 Managed to get a 14kg Cobia today at Cleaverville, about 2 km off the main camp.