Cobia are the only member in their family species: the Rachycentridae. Other names they are known by are black kingfish, black salmon, ling, lemonfish, crabeaters and aruan tasek.
Cobia have elongated spindle shaped bodies and broad flattened heads. Their eyes are small and bodies are smooth with small scales.
They are mostly dark brown and have white bellies with two darker brown horizontal stripes on their flanks. Cobia grow big in WA waters, with a world record fish of 61.5 kilos taken at Shark Bay in 1985.
They feed primarily on crabs, squid, and other smaller fish.
Cobia are known to follow larger animals such as sharks, turtles and manta rays in hope of scavenging an easy meal. They are very curious fish and are not afraid of boats, known to follow other caught fish up to the surface and linger to see what’s going on!
This cobia was caught on the Sal Salis boat earlier in the year and taken home for dinner, as they are priized for their delicious taste and firm texture.