Cobia Season Regulations: Only one cobia per day of at least 40 inches in length is allowed. For anglers on a boat, there is a three fish maximum bag limit for the boat. The three fish boat limit may include only one cobia greater than 50 inches in length. Using a gaff to land cobia is not allowed.
Note: Cobia permits are required in addition to a fishing license. The permit is free and may be obtained online at mrc.virginia.gov. Permit holders must report their cobia fishing trips.
With Cobia season in full swing, the drum are also starting to hit. Get a red and black drum, along with a Cobia on the same day, and you have achieved the Chesapeake Bay Grand Slam.
Red drum action has been busy, with some boats fishing near the breakers off Fisherman’s Island and along Nautilus Shoal and Nine Foot Shoal have been releasing dozens of good sized red drum. Some black drum are showing up near buoys 13 and 16, and sheepshead are on the structure along with spadefish. Trophy-sized flounder have been caught at the bridge this week. Cobia, red drum and some black drum can be found in the area, along with reports of good sized flounder.