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~ 85 Lbs Caught at Christmas Is., Rep. of Kiribati on Apr. 11, 1992 by
fisherman John W. Helfrich
~ Sphyraena Barracuda
~ Cuda, Sea Pike, Great Barracuda, Kaku, Kupala
~ The Barracuda has a long slender body with a large pointed head and
large eyes. The dorsal fins are widely separated and the first dorsal
has 5 spines. The second dorsal has 10 soft rays. The Barracuda has
large canine teeth with a lower jaw that protrudes past the upper jaw.
It has a bluish or greenish gray upper body above the lateral line with
a silver, white belly. Barracuda have irregular black spots scattered on
their sides more towards the tail. The great Barracuda can have diagonal
bars on their back. The Great Barracuda is larger than its relative the
~ The Great Barracuda can grow to more than 6 feet. Most Great Barracuda
caught by sport fishermen are between 5 and 20 pounds. The world record
is 85 Lbs. The Pacific Barracuda rarely grows more than 4 feet and most
caught by sport fishermen are 10 pounds or under.
~ Barracuda range from inshore channels and sea grass beds to open
ocean. In the summer they prefer shallow, inshore areas and move
offshore in the fall and winter. They like to hang around objects like
wrecks, piers, and reefs. The sport fishermen caught Barracuda is
usually taken from the waters around Florida, the Bahamas, and the West
~ Barracuda feed by sight and are sometimes opportunists feeding on
whatever is available in its habitat. They are attracted to shiny
flashes and movement. Common fish that they feed on are needlefish,
small jacks, and mullet.