Barracuda are aggressive game fish that will take live bait or artificial lures, although the best bait for catching barracuda is sardines. Barracuda can be found anywhere from under docks to reefs to the open ocean. Peak fishing season for barracuda is during the summer.
Habitat: Bay, Ocean, Coastal Waters
How to identify Great Barracuda
The great barracuda has a long, slender body that gets thicker towards the middle and thinner towards the ends. Of the barracuda species, great barracuda are the only ones with uneven, dark markings on its bottom flanking close to its tail. These fish have head that is flat at the top and pointed in the front. It has a prominent lower jaw.
Where to catch Great Barracuda
These fish can be found in the tropics, except for the East Pacific Ocean. They generally stick to areas where there are large populations of small fish, such as near shores, reefs, shipwrecks, grassy/sandy bottoms, and piers. Smaller great barracudas tend to school, whereas the larger ones are solitary.
The following are habitats where you can catch Great Barracuda:
- Baitfish Schools
- Channel Entrances
- Coastal Waters
- Deep Shore Water
- Floating Foam and Debris
- Jetties and Breakers
- Man-made Structures
- Reefs, Wrecks and Shoals
- Ripples, Currents, Swirls and Sprays
- Shore Points
- Surf and Shore
- Tidal Flats
How to catch Great Barracuda
Great barracudas are very aggressive fish. They can be exciting to catch with light tackle spinning gear. Peak fishing season for great barracudas is during the summer. The most effective ways to catch these fish include cast and retrieval and trolling with lures or bait. When casting, it’s important to avoid landing close to the fish. Anglers should aim out past the fish, retrieving the line at a fast, but deviated speed.
The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Great Barracuda:
- Drift Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Saltwater Jigging
- Saltwater Trolling
- Still Fishing
- Surf Casting
- Top Water Fishing
Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Great Barracuda
Great barracudas will take live bait or artificial lures, although the best bait for catching them is sardines.
The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Great Barracuda: