Great Barracuda


The Great⁣ Barracuda ⁣(Sphyraena barracuda) belongs to the Sphyraenidae family. Known for⁤ its aggressive behavior ​and voracious ⁣appetite, the Great Barracuda is an intriguing fish that holds a significant spot in ‌the ⁤marine ecosystems.

Conservation Status

The current conservation status of the​ Great⁤ Barracuda is‍ “Least⁤ Concern” as per the International Union for Conservation ⁢of Nature (IUCN). Conservation efforts ​for⁣ this species are⁢ not significant due‌ to its global population stability.


The Great Barracuda is a large⁣ marine species⁤ with impressive physical ⁤statistics.

Stat Average Range
Length 24-30 inches 20-50 inches
Weight 10-15 ‍lbs 5-35 lbs
Average Lifespan 14 years n/a


The Great Barracuda⁣ is⁣ widely distributed in the warm seas, from Massachusetts to Brazil, and even into the Pacific to Hawaii. They are known to ⁣roam both ‌inshore and ⁤offshore areas. Migration patterns ⁤are​ rare amongst this species, with​ most remaining in the same areas⁣ year-round.


  • Water type: ‍Saltwater
  • Depth ⁣range: 0-100⁣ feet
  • Temperature range: 70-90°F

When ⁤and Where to⁣ See

Great Barracudas are primarily seen during the summer months when water temperatures are ⁣highest. They are active throughout the ⁤day and are often spotted near coral reefs and grass⁣ beds.

Best Fishing Locations

Top fishing locations ⁤include Florida Keys, Bahamas, ⁢Gulf⁣ of Mexico, and the Caribbean. The ​best⁢ fishing techniques include trolling with lures or baited hooks, as well as casting and spearfishing.

How ‍to Catch

  • Preferred bait or lures: Ballyhoo, Mullet, Pinfish
  • Fishing techniques: Trolling, Casting, Spearfishing
  • Best time for​ fishing: Summer ⁣months during high tide

Identification Guide

The Great Barracuda is easy to identify with its torpedo-shaped body, sharp, long teeth, and silver-gray to dark green coloration. Compared ⁢to other species, Great Barracudas are larger and more ⁤aggressive.


The Great Barracuda’s ⁢meat is known for its firm texture and sweet, mild flavor. It ​can be grilled,‌ baked ​or smoked.⁣ However, consumption ‍should be⁤ limited ⁣as‍ larger specimens can cause Ciguatera⁣ poisoning.

Additional Information

The Great Barracuda feeds primarily on smaller fish. Threat to the species includes accidental‌ capture ‍in commercial and recreational fisheries. The Great ⁤Barracuda holds cultural ‌significance as a potent symbol in some native cultures due to its ferocity and strength.

References and Further Reading

More information can be ⁣found ​on various resources dedicated to marine species⁣ and fishing. Books​ like “Marine Fishes”‍ by Scott W.‍ Michael and “The IGFA’s 101 Freshwater ‍Fishing Tips ⁤& Tricks” can provide a ‌wealth of further reading.