Just like poker players, most light-tackle and saltwater fly anglers have a “tell” when it comes to someone knowing whether they like a particular center-console fishing boat. For me, my fishing boat “tell” is when I look for a conspicuous lack of line-snagging deck hardware on a boat. If it’s clutter free, I’ll look deeper. And when it came to the Cobia 256CC, the deeper I dug, the more I found to like about this capable fishing machine.

A running photo of the Cobia 256CC.

There's a lot to love about the Cobia 256CC, whether you're eye is on fishing, family fun, or just enjoying the water.

Legendary DNA

One thing a lot of folks don’t know about Cobia is that legendary flats boat builder Maverick bought the brand in 2005. And while some acquisitions are the death knell for a boat builder, Maverick’s purchase was the catalyst for a sort of renaissance at Cobia. The 256CC is a fine example of Maverick lending not only its fishing DNA to Cobia, but its lightweight composite boatbuilding expertise as well—at 4,000 pounds, the 256CC is on the light side of many boats in this class. A deep-vee hull with a beefy 21.5-degree transom deadrise offers clues about the 256CC’s sea keeping abilities as well. Standard power on the 256CC is a single Yamaha F250 outboard with a variety of power options available, including twins up to 200 horsepower each. Expect just north of 45 mph of top-end speed with base power.

A photo of the Cobia 256CC bow.

The 256CC's forward casting platform converts into a comfy bow rider setup. Also, note the recessed handrails.

Fishing Features

As far as fishing-centric features go, you’ll find a legion of standards and options on the Cobia 256CC. The transom sports an integral 28-gallon livewell with clear lid and a stern walkthrough to the swim platform for bringing aboard the big ones. Once you’ve wrestled your catch aboard, toss it into one of the twin insulated fish boxes (40 gallons each). Individually plumbed macerator discharges for each fish box are available as an option.

On deck you’ll find six flush, deck-mounted rod holders, under-gunwale stowage on each side for six more rods each, and five rocket launchers on the optional hard top for a total of 23. Last but not least, there’s an option for a handy integral rigging station that fits in right behind the center-console leaning post. Oh, and remember that clutter-free deck I mentioned? All the cleats pop-down flush, and even the forward railing is recessed below the deck for tangle-free fishing.
Draft (hull)1'5"
Deadrise21.5 degrees
Displacement4,000 lbs
Fuel capacity150 gal.
Water capacityN/A

Family Fun

One thing a lot of fishing boat manufacturers are thinking about these days is what I like to call “convertibility.” That means being able to spend a Saturday morning offshore trolling for mahi-mahi, but still having the ability to make the boat comfortable for a family and friends sundowner cruise around the inlet in the evening. The Cobia 256CC accomplishes this convertibility with a few optional features. Two of those features are a pair of removable backrests and a six-piece bow cushion set that converts the forward casting platform into a comfortable lounging area, much like on a bowrider. Aft, an optional upholstered fold-down bench can seat three people comfortably. And yes, there’s room inside the console for an optional head, too.

There’s a lot to love about the Cobia 256CC. Whether it’s serious fishing, family fun, or just a great day on the water you have in mind, the 256CC tackles all three categories with ease.

Other Choices: If you're looking form something slightly smaller and less expensive, consider the Proline 23. On the higher end of the scale, check out the Everglades 255cc.

Have a look at some Cobia 255CCs for sale.

For more information, visit Cobia Boats.

Written by: Gary Reich
Gary Reich is a Chesapeake Bay-based freelance writer and photojournalist with over 25 years of experience in the marine industry. He is the former editor of PropTalk Magazine and was the managing editor of the Waterway Guide. His writing and photography have been published in PassageMaker Magazine, Soundings, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Yachting Magazine, and Lakeland Boating, among others.