If you’ve ever chartered a saltwater boat or fished from shore on a tropic saltwater vacation you probably encountered hooking a Barracuda. These fish are plentiful in warm saltwater and commonly feed around shallow reefs, off shorelines and some of the biggest ones also free-roam the open ocean looking for big meals.
On a recent trip in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s southwest coast Scottie Martin from social media’s Walleye Wednesday feature, were flat-line drifting live baitfish when we encountered some trophy size Cuda on light gear.
These fish have many big, sharp teeth and using a wire leader is a must! Cuda often jump out of the water as soon as they are hooked and because of their very bony mouths, they often trow the hook.
We welcomed catching these excellent gamefish and handled them carefully using our hands to gently lift them in the boat and releasing them quickly after the pics!