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Great Barracuda

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Great Barracuda commonly occur over nearshore artificial reefs. They may also reside in the open ocean, living predominantly at or near the surface.

An opportunistic predator, they feed throughout the water column on fishes.
General Description
The Great Barracuda has a slender body.

The mouth is large, containing many large sharp teeth and a projecting lower jaw.

Body coloration is silver with a greenish back and a white belly.

The upper side may have 18 to 23 dark bars .
Did You Know?
Great Barracuda have a large gape and very sharp teeth, enabling them to feed on large fishes by chopping them in half earning them the nickname "Tigers of the Sea".
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Their sharp teeth often bite through fishing line so wire leaders are recommended.

Great Barracuda readily bite lures, usually if they are fished quickly and erratically or even trolled.

They will also take live bait, such as spot, fished over artificial reefs.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Great Barracuda caught by anglers weigh between 8 and 30 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Great Barracuda are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Great Barracuda are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.