In late May, you’ll find bait around the bridges in your area before the sun comes up. That’s the rule from my area all the way down to Naples. You’ll also find them around lighted docks before the sun comes up.
The cobia bite in the Panhandle is legendary and runs from mid-March through early May, although the entire month of April the fish are swimming strong. We sight fish the majority of time, usually targeting the fish within ¼ mile of the beach.