Great Barracuda

Great Barracuda

Sphyraena barracuda

Life History

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Long with pointed head and many conspicuous needle-like teeth. It is silvery on the sides with dark, random splotches. It also has two, widely spaced dorsal fins.

Size: Usually 10-20 pounds but are not unusual up to 40 pounds

Age at Maturity: 2-4 years

Range: Florida to Nova Scotia

Habitat: South Florida to Cape Hatteras but will stray farther north.

Angling Information

Bait and Tackle: Spinning, baitcasting and even fly tackle work well for inshore. Over reefs, light saltwater gear also works well. Live bait fish work the best but Cuda will also go for baited lures.

Fishing Method: Still fishing, trolling, casting

Food Value: Excellent up to 5 pounds but larger fish tend to carry Ciguatera

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