Species of the 13th Mexican Caribbean, the Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda)

Como delivery more about species that we can be found in the Mexican Caribbean, we will now discuss one of the most common species and that represents one of the most abundant and challenge for the sport fisherman: the great Barracuda.

The great Barracuda, can be found in the waters of the Caribbean from the coastal area, just a few metres from the shore, and even in the stream at great depths, being one of the top predators of the reef.

It is important to speak of the Barracuda, since it is one of the species with the largest distribution in our seas, and can find them both in the Pacific and in the Atlantic and in tropical and subtropical waters and practically in all the seas of our planet. For the angler, it represents an adversary very voracious, speedy, and dangerous teeth which can be an opponent very strong when we use equipment medium or light.


Great Barracuda as we can be seen in the map of distribution of the species, is one of the species with greater distribution on our planet, it can be found in tropical and subtropical seas of our planet, practically in all, the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, is perhaps the only places where unable to find them in the cold waters near the poles.

It occurs in all of the Atlantic coast, and in our case to the Mexican Caribbean we find it in reef areas, estuaries, marshes, and in some cases on banks of reef offshore, or near the cliffs of great depths. They are occasionally grouped in schools, and large individuals are solitary most of the time.

Scientific and morphological data of the species:

The Barracuda can be found from the shore, in lowlands up to deep water in the stream, usually on the surface or very near it, when they are adults move in the coral reef zones alone, and occasionally in small groups, being able to find them virtually from the beach up to areas in depths of 40 or 50 meters.

Small barracudas and juveniles of the species, found in estuary zones and in low-lying areas of grasslands and mangroves, are voracious and are grouped in schools that usually moves to hunt.

Eat mainly fish, squid, and occasionally crabs and shrimp, is a voracious animal that attacks species, predator par excellence in any environments that lives either in open water or wetlands and beaches.

It has a grey color on the back, the sides are silver, bright, with black spots on the part near the tail, its rear fins can be black and its belly is white. When in shallow waters, mimic coloring your skin can be and blending with the environment, when it is in open water or areas of arenal, leaving practically white, mimic can be so confused with the Fund.

Your denture is dangerous it has very long and sharp fangs in general all denture is sharp, the bottom of his jaw is longer than the top and when it attacks it can cut its prey from a pit.

There are six spines and six dorsal soft rays, one anal spine followed by 10 soft rays on the back. Distinguishes itself it in the lobes of the tail fin, it has a colour light, and the rest of their fins are black, has black spots on the back of their body, and occasionally in the middle part. The head at the top between his eyes is flat or may even be concave.

As a species that feeds on fish and reef areas, it can very easily be carrier of ciguatoxin, which can be very harmful to eat it, is why we must caution in its use, however there is a sure way of knowing if it is carrier of ciguatoxin.

Gets to grow up to 2 meters and weigh 50 kilograms, the largest capture registry is a barracuda of 5.5 feet with a weight of 103 lbs.Captured in the Bahamas.


Commercially it has some importance, caught him in many places for human consumption, and is one of the species that is not seasonal and for their permanence are fishing throughout the year.

It represents one of the most common prey for sport fishing, you can fish it practically in any form, trolling, I cast, surf fishing, fly fishing since as it is found in coastal areas and water deeply any mode can be useful to achieve catches of barracuda. We are seeing then for each mode which I can comment, that is what most works to capture barracudas.

As general recommendation is the use of metal leaders in any form, we use metal leader either (niccolite or piano string) monofilament or multifilament (7 x 7 steel cable) since with his teeth, no matter the size cut monofilament or multifilament lines very easily.

For trolling:

We use rigid and drifts, lures if the water is deep lure as the Manns Strecht 25 or 25 Mirroulure or the idol drifts can be the difference between fish or not a good barracuda. We can also use a lure called “Cuda Tube” which is a rubber tube with a metal leader inside and two treble hooks, this is one of the best lures for big barracudas.

The cuda”tube” may be made with surgical tubing, metal leader, a lead and two hooks, although it is not easy to find colors tube, the most effective is that tube is red, pink, or green, however the tube that sell Brown is good. Apparently simulates a fish needle and going on the surface he is attacked by the Barracuda.

Another aspect to consider when it trolea is that if you are in low-lying areas, we must seek to pass near rocks and reefs, but not over, but on all sides, and in areas of arenal, that is very possible that we achieve catches of barracuda.

In the estuary, we can use smaller lures as Xrap, the bomber long A, YoZury Crystal Minnow, and any lure type minnow who works near the surface, it is always recommended that a small metal leader of at least a few we put these 50 lbs of resistance.

A lure that has always been productive with the Barracuda is the spoon, as the “Pet Spoon” or the own “Barracuda Spoon” which are one of the best spoons for fishing barracuda, passing through the krocodile and some other preference of silver spoons.

For casting in marshes and shore:

As in the trolling, we can use lure as those who already mentioned with success, perhaps the most productive colors for the barracuda are blue and black loin, practically in any brand, also can use surface lures such as poppers, in general of any brand.

The barracuda is characterized by being greedy and for having spectacular, very fast attacks but his fight is not very long, the first races are powerful. When small many hops, and because most large they don’t jump but they have strong racing that if do not control can make us lose the prey.

So, can devote much time to this predator that is located at the top of the chain of our waters, and we will have very good results.