Barracuda

Barracudas are long, slender  fish with a pike-like appearance.  They have prominent, sharp-edged,fang-like teeth, much like piranhas, and large jaws. They have large, pointed heads with an underbite in many species. They have two dorsal fins that are widely separated, with the anterior fin having five spines, and the posterior fin having one spine and 9 soft rays. In most cases, a barracuda is dark blue, dark green, or gray on its upper body, with silvery sides and a chalky-white belly. Coloration varies somewhat between species. For some species, irregular black spots or a row of darker cross-bars occur on each side. Their fins may be yellowish or dusky. Barracudas live primarily in oceans, but certain species, such as the great barracuda, live in brackish water.

Barracudas are scavengers as well as voracious, opportunistic predators.  They rely on surprise and short bursts of speed, which can reach up to 27 miles per hour, to overtake their prey.  While Adult are mostly solitary creatures, the young and half-grown fish frequently congregate. Barracuda prey primarily on fish, some of which can be as large as themselves. They kill and consume larger prey by tearing chunks of flesh. They can usually be found near piers and in the Bay and the Gulf.

Fishing Method - Bottom and wreck fishing

Tackle - 12 to 20 lb class boat rod with baitcaster reel, 12 to 20 lb mono line, and an 8' single hook leader or two hook bottom rig with hooks from 6 to 2/0.

Bait - Cut or whole natural live baits, or trolling plugs.