how big can the great barracuda get?

Barracuda are a great sporting fish for the angler. The world record Barracuda weighed eighty five pounds with the record for the state of Florida at sixty seven pounds. Typically the largest you will see hooked is about six feet in length, though some experts theorize that the largest members of this species reach a maximum length of about six and one half feet long. Next to the Shark the Barracuda is the ultimate predator of the sea. Pound for pound they offer as much tenacity and ruthless killing ability as the Shark. My favorite method of angling for a Barracuda is to first chum the area I am fishing to attract the entire food chain to my position. Then I tie on a tube lure. Tube lures are lure specifically designed to catch Barracuda. They consist of a bright green plastic tube that naturally bends into the letter “S” shape. There is a wire placed through the tube with an eye to tie it to your line. Three large treble hook adorn the bottom of this lure. It resembles an eel or perhaps a needlefish as it is retrieved. It looks also like a snake as it side winds back to the person that cast it out. When a Barracuda sights this lure it will first move behind it and slowly close the distance between itself and the lure. It is vital you maintain retrieve speed and not panic or it will turn away. Soon enough it wills lam into he lure and the fight will be on!

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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