These three rigs will help you ring the dinner bell for one of the toughest fish. Perhaps the best time to catch cobia is in the spring as they migrate from their wintering grounds in South Florida. On the Atlantic side, cobia will head north for the Carolinas, while Gulf-bound cobia first migrate north along the Florida coast before heading west and into the Gulf itself. Cobia have an extensive list of preferred food, but they can be finicky. Getting a cobia to the surface is one thing, but catching it is another.
Try one of these rigs if the going gets tough:
1. Simple Squid Rig
Illustration: Pete Sucheski
Thread the leader and hook through the squid's body cavity, penetrating the cartilage. This keeps the squid well-hooked when casting.