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Lowcountry Cobia Fishing

Lowcountry Cobia Fishing

June 13, 2019

When one of our good buddies and longtime ambassadors, Capt. Josh Bolyes called us and told us that the Cobia in the Broad River have showed up, it wasn't long before we were packing up the truck and heading South. Sight fishing these large fish on the water’s surface inshore never ceases to amaze me. This is an incredible special fishery that needs to be protected at all cost.

During the spring spawn, Port Royal Sound serves as a major feeding and congregating area for the population of Cobia. As water temps reach the upper 60’s, they begin to push in and can often be found swimming along the edge of tide rips or color changes (areas where two currents meet), following turtles or rays, hanging out under floating debris or navigation buoys.

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As cobia move into Port Royal Sound and the Broad River, natural barriers such as sand bars will “bottle neck” both cobia and the bait they feed on into specific areas creating some great fishing opportunities. Juvenile cobia feed primarily on crustaceans such as shrimp and crab.  As cobia grow larger, fish such as menhaden, threadfin, and whiting make up a larger portion of their diet.

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Although cobia may cruise the surface at almost any time, you are most likely to see them on either side of slack tide. Look for exposed dorsal fins or “Pushes” created as cobia swim just beneath the surface.

The weather gods had blessed us with a glassy day and the fishing was on! We caught fish between 15-30 pounds on both fly and spin gear. It’s hard to beat cruising the Port Royal Sound with good friends and a cold beverage, looking for these waking fish.

Sizing Guide

East Coast Cotton T-Shirts

East Coast Cotton t-shirts offer a fuller, more relaxed cut. If you prefer a modern athletic look, we suggest that you order down a size. Spun, knitted and sewn in the South, Marsh Wear's 100% pre-shrunk Pima Cotton offers a cashmere-like feel that keeps you comfortable and looking fresh.

Chest 38" 42" 46" 50" 54"
Body Length 29" 30" 31" 32" 33"
Sleeve Length 8.5" 9" 9.5" 10.5" 11.5"


Pro Blend T-Shirts

Pro-Blend t-shirts are cut slightly slimmer for an athletic fit. If you prefer a shirt with a fuller cut, we recommend ordering up a size. These shirts feature a shrink resistant poly cotton blend for a light, super soft feel that wicks away moisture.

Chest 41" 44" 48" 52" 56"
Body Length 29" 30" 31" 32" 33"
Sleeve Length 8" 8.5" 9" 9.5" 10"


Performance Shirts

Our performance shirts are cut to standard sizing in the body and are slightly longer to keep you covered during active ventures. This range of lightweight, full coverage, moisture wicking gear will keep you cool, stylish and comfortable while protecting you from the elements.

Chest 22" 23" 24" 25"
Body Length 28" 30" 31" 32"
Sleeve Length 25.5" 26" 26.5" 27"


Rutledge Vest & Outerwear Jackets

Our signature Rutledge Vest was designed with the do-it-all sportsman in mind. Sporting a rugged water resistant outer shell and just the right weight of insulation to insure comfort and good times on any adventure. Whether it be a morning cast and blast or an evening oyster roast this vest fits the bill in style.

Chest 42" 44" 46" 48" 50"
Body Length 26" 27" 28" 29" 30"
Shoulder 18" 18.5" 19" 19.5" 20"


Hydro Shorts

Our Hydro Shorts fit true to size in the waist and have a narrower cut in the hip and thigh like unpleated khaki shorts. These water submersible shorts are ready for any adventure.

30 32 34 36 38 40
Waist 31" 33" 35" 37" 38.5" 40.25"
Length 18.5" 19.25" 19.375" 19.75" 20.25" 20.25"
Leg Opening 9" 9.375" 9.625" 9.75" 9.875" 9.875"


Escape Pant

Our Escape Pant fit true to size in the waist and are a slim straight cut. Constructed of the perfect weight durable nylon with added stretch, so you are ready for any adventure.

28 30 32 34 36 38 40
Waist 29" 31" 33" 35" 37" 39" 41"
Inseam 30" 30.5" 31" 31.5" 32" 32.5" 32.5"
Leg Opening 15.25" 15.5" 15.75" 16" 16.25" 16.5" 16.75"



Waist 28-31" 32-33" 34-36" 36-38" 38-42"