COBIA (ling) - Rachycentron canadum
Family Rachycentridae, COBIA
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, Eceneis naucrates.
Where found: both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabitating inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently
seen around buoys, pilings, and wrecks.
Size: common to 30 pounds.
Remarks: spawns in spring and early summer; feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish.
Florida record: 103 lbs., 12 ozs.
Illustrations by:
Diane Rome Peebles
Rodbender Fishing Charters.
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