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BARRACUDA

Fishing for Barracuda

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing


Once you catch one, you have to catch more!

Find baitfish that have moved up into the shallow flats and you will find yourself a nice barracuda.

Barracuda are hunters, preying on smaller species such as mullet and red-fin needle fish. They like to stalk their dinner, blending in and lying low at the interception of a white, sandy flat and darker, deeper water.

Cast a baitfish or a big lure, strung with some of the sport's best braided wire leaders towards or across a white flat will get you on a fish. For this predator you need to strip, or reel in fast, very fast, so as fast as you made your cast, reel in just as fast.

Barracuda cruise up behind baitfish in their attack; they might not hit your gear until meters before the boat. Barracuda can be small or big, maxing out at around 200 cm.

Proper heavy fishing equipment is needed for the big ones, but smaller barracuda are a lot of fun on a spinning rod or by casting big streamers on a big fly rod.

Basic Info


Varieties: Mexican Barracuda, Great Barracuda

Scientific name: Sphyraena

Size: 180 – 190 cm

Weight: 46.7 kg

Lifespan: 14 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Tropical and Subtropical parts of Oceans worldwide, Eastern boarder of the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and the Caribbean Sea.