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Livebaiting Barracuda in the Deep Sea

Monday April 23, 2018

One of the most entertaining fish to hookup with are the Atlantic Ocean's great barracuda off Daytona Beach, Florida. Notorious for their abilities to bite full sized fish in half in one quick bite, barracuda are hard fighting fish with a nasty reputation. During the summers off Daytona beach and Florida's coastline, barracuda are abundant and often willing to bite any live bait thrown at them. Beware of this fish's teeth when you're boating them because they are sharp and like razors. Those canine's can puncture, but the rest of the dental work is for slashing and cutting up prey quickly and effectivley.

While most anglers are not looking to put the barracuda in the cooler because of it's reputation for having poison flesh, they are considered a delicousy in many countries and regions. Ciguatera poisoning is prominate in larger barracuda but smaller fish are supposed to be good tablefare, but we don't have any friends that have personally tried to eat a barracuda. I can guarantee that more more people have eaten barracuda than vise versa.

When's the Best Time to Go Barracuda Fishing near Daytona Florida?

Hello Anglers,
I'm often asked to seek out the snook during the cooler times of the year and I have to admit that it's not near as productive for snook seekers during the winter and early spring in Central Florida. Summer and early fall during the mullet run are great and further to the south at Sebastian can be productive till just before Christmas in mid December. Generally the bite can continue at night time hours at Port Canaveral during the winter if the weather is mild but if the winter is chilly the snook are not interested in eating, only surviving the winter's chill.

However there's plenty of other fishing during the cooler months for those anglers wishing to catch redfish, trout or other inshore and offshore species. Call Captain Gina and set a trip up for snook or other fishing in Central Florida and the Daytona area soon. See You On The Water, Captain Richard Bradley Lagooner Fishing Guide

"My husband, Captain Richard took me out for a morning of snook fishing that was nothing less than spectacular. I caught some really big snook and released all of them as it was during the summer spawn. I know that you would enjoy a day like mine seeking out those awesome fish with the big black line down the side." Captain Gina Bradley explains.

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) .

In general, 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.

Juvenile great barracuda usually live among sea grasses and mangroves where they are hidden from predators. In their second year, they typically move to coral reefs. Sometimes found in the open sea, they often remain near the surface, though they may be found as deep as 325 feet.


Attacks on humans by great barracuda are rare. Inquisitive, sight-oriented fish, barracudas sometimes exhibit the unnerving habit of trailing snorkelers and divers. When attacks occur more often than not it is because a barracuda attempts to steal a fish from spearfishers or mistakenly interprets a shiny object, such as a diving knife, for the glint of a shiny fish. Such incidents usually consist of one very quick strike, the result of which may be a laceration and some loss of tissue. Fatalities from barracuda attacks are rare. In 1947, a death off Key West was attributed to a barracuda, followed by another case off the coast of North Carolina in 1957. A well-documented barracuda attack occurred on a free diver off Pompano Beach, Florida in 1960. The diver was bitten twice, and the resulting injuries required 31 stitches. However, such attacks are uncommon and more often than not easily preventable with a few simple precautions.


The FWC approved creating a slot limit of 15 to 36 inches allowing for one fish greater than 36 inches per person or per vessel, whichever is less in some S. Florida counties at the Nov. meeting in St. Petersburg. These changes will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

State Record

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Fishing for Barracuda in Daytona

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: September 21 2016 17:33:38.

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April of 2018 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.

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