Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck
5 - 15 pounds
24" - 39"
Barracuda is a large carnivorous saltwater fish. They have an extended, slender body that is thicker in the middle and pointed at the ends. Their head is fairly flat at the top and pointed in front, and their lower jaw projects in a sinister way. Their dorsal fins are widely separated, and the pectoral fins are low on their body. The Barracuda name does not apply to a specific fish, but to an entire family. The Sphyraenidae is a species of fish collectively known as Barracuda.
There are more than 25 species of barracuda worldwide, and they can be as long as 6 feet. For example, the Northern Barracuda (Sphyraena Borealis), can grow up to about 18 inches in length. Generally, the female grows to be bigger than the male. The fish maximum age is unknown, but the typical lifespan often exceeds 14 years. The male generally reaches sexual maturity at two years while the female at four years.
Most barracudas live in near-shore habitats, such as mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. They are mainly saltwater fish, although some species can at times tolerate brackish water. Barracuda lives in the Pacific, Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean, also they are commonly found in the Caribbean and the Red Sea.
Sphyraena is common in the western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts in the USA to Brazil. They are also found in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, including the Pacific Indian Ocean, the Eastern Atlantic Ocean, and the Red Sea.
They are among the most exciting and aggressive fish to catch with light tackle spinning rods. They can be found in shallow water bodies stalking small baitfish. We recommend using light tackle spinning gear with a 10lb test line and artificial lures. There is a lot of casting in this kind of angling. On a normal day, you can catch dozens of barracudas using this technique.