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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Sea Bass, Rock Bass or Blackfish
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This fellow is a cousin to the Mackerel, and can always be identified by abortive fins just forward of the peaked dorsal fin. He often has a distinct dark strip running from eye to center of caudal fin, but this is not evident in all specimens. He is bluish slate color on top, shading to a lighter blue on sides and white below. Either by bait-casting, trolling, or still fishing, anglers most frequently catch Cabio from 10 to 15 pounds. They have been caught here as large as 125 pounds. They make splendid eating.
Cabio frequently travel in Kingfish schools, and when you think you have a Kingfish and pull up a chap with one dorsal fin instead of two, you have a Cabio.
Common local names for Cabio are Black Salmon, Cabbeo, Caveo, and Cobio, the last four sounding so much alike it doesn't make any difference anyway.
He is a game fish to the core and strikes a lure fiercely and puts up a terrific battle, as many an angler can testify who has had a reel practically torn from his hands.
His natural food is menhaden, squid, crabs, shrimp and small fish. He will tackle artificial lures such as squid, spoons, plugs and strip bait.
The Cabio is a scavenger fish, and as such follows boats both in hope of obtaining food and out of apparent curiosity. They are found on the open seas.
Tackle and methods: As they are not particular about their food, Cabio will bite on almost any bait, including artificial lures. Sometimes they are hooked on a squid when fishermen are in quest of Tarpon.