Great Barracuda

The great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) also known as the giant barracuda, is a species of barracuda. Great barracudas often grow over 6 feet (1.8 m) long and are a type of ray-finned fish.

Great barracudas are large fish. Mature specimens are usually around 60–100 cm (24–39 in) in length and weigh 2.5–9.0 kg (5.5–19.8 lb). Exceptionally large specimens can exceed 1.5 m (4.9 ft) and weigh over 23 kg (51 lb). The record-sized specimen caught on rod-and-reel weighed 46.72 kg (103.0 lb) and measured 1.7 m (5.6 ft), while an even bigger specimen measured 2 m (6.6 ft) and weighed 50 kg (110 lb).Barracudas are elongated fish with powerful jaws. The lower jaw of the large mouth juts out beyond the upper. Barracudas possess strong, fang-like teeth that are unequal in size and set in sockets in the jaws and on the roof of the mouth. The head is quite large and is pointed and pike-like in appearance. The gill covers do not have spines and are covered with small scales. The two dorsal fins are widely separated, with the first having five spines and the second having one spine and 9 soft rays. The second dorsal fin equals the anal fin in size and is situated more or less above it. The lateral line is prominent and extends straight from head to tail. The spinous dorsal fin is situated above the pelvis. The hind end of the caudal fin is forked or concave, and it is set at the end of a stout peduncle. The pectoral fins are placed low down on the sides. The barracuda has a large swim bladder.

In general, the barracuda's coloration is dark green or a blue type coloration or grey above chalky-white below. Sometimes, a row of darker cross-bars or black spots occurs on each side. The fins may be yellowish or dark.

Barracudas appear in open seas. They are voracious predators and hunt using a classic example of lie-in-wait or ambush. They rely on surprise and short bursts of speed (up to 27 mph (43 km/h) to overrun their prey, sacrificing maneuverability. Barracudas are more or less solitary in their habits. Young and half-grown fish frequently congregate in shoals. Their diets are composed almost totally of fish of all kinds. Large barracudas, when gorged, may attempt to herd a school of prey fish in shallow water, where they guard over them until they are ready for another hunt.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Sphyraena barracuda
Environment:Nearshore, Offshore
Ideal Temp:72-82°F (22-28°C)
Technique:Jigging, Trolling
Lure Type:Jigs, Spoons, Trolling
World Record:39.55 kg (87 lb 3 oz) Christmas Island, Kiribati
Other Names:barracuda

Latest Great Barracuda Fishing Reports and Spots

Bye 2020. - 1/1/2021 11:21:03 PM

Since the last post I’ve been able to get out for a few days in search of some barracuda and what was the last permit fishing of 2020. This Dec (View)

The Holiday Fishing is the Gift that Keeps on Giving - 12/4/2020 9:01:06 AM

The 2020 holiday season is underway and the legendary Fort Lauderdale offshore fishing action is something that you need to experience. Our Lad (View)

We Are Thankful for Great Fishing…and for YOU - 11/21/2020 10:01:23 PM

The Lady Pamela Sportfishing Fleet is feasting offshore and inshore as the heart of the 2020 holiday season approaches. We’re catching Mahi Mah (View)

AUGUST 2019 Fishing Report - 11/8/2020 12:26:05 AM

August brings our hottest weather and is prime time to target tarpon sharks jacks and other ocean predators. King mackerel bonita cobia barracu (View)

April 11th 2020 – Deep Water Bottom Fishing - 11/8/2020 12:01:32 AM

We threaded the needle on the forecast Saturday and headed deep. We trolled out to 650 feet but that only yielded a barracuda assault and one s (View)

September 5th 2020 - 11/8/2020 12:01:17 AM

The fishing in Jacksonville is pretty hot right now whether you choose a short day trolling for king mackerel barracuda occasional sailfish cob (View)

The Weather is Great and So is the Offshore Fishing! - 11/5/2020 5:01:32 PM

The Lady Pamela Sportfishing Fleet is in a festive mood as the holiday season approaches. Our clients are catching Mahi Mahi Swordfish Wahoo Ki (View)

10/22 Report - 10/28/2020 7:11:06 AM

Body:  Offshore fishing brought in a range of catches including King Mackerel Tuna False Albacore Wahoo Barracuda and Amberjack. Inshore boats (View)

10/24 Report - 10/28/2020 7:11:05 AM

Body:  Offshore boats did well on Saturday with catches consisting of Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna Wahoo Dolphin Barracuda King Mackerel Sailfis (View)

We Trick the Fish and YOU Get the Treat! - 10/20/2020 11:46:26 PM

Halloween is upon us and the Fort Lauderdale offshore fishing is so good it’s scary! We at Lady Pamela Sportfishing continue to help our client (View)