Great barracuda

The Great barracuda, scientific name Sphyraena Barracuda, are predatory fish species found in subtropical oceans worldwide.

They belong to the Sphyraenidae family, genus Sphyraena and they weigh an average of 40-50kg with a length of around 4.8-5.5 ft. They also have an expected growth of up to 10 ft in length.

The Great barracuda is one of the largest among the species of barracuda and are considered one of the fastest swimming fishes. The average lifespan for them is 14 years.


The Great barracuda is a large fish with a slender body with a bluish or a brownish-gray on the upper side of the body that is faded to a silvery color on the sides.

The upper side often has dark bars, and the black spots on its lower sides are commonly distinguishing it from the other species of barracudas.

However, the belly of the fish is white. They also have a large head with eyes that are almost near-flat paired with a large mouth with razor-sharp teeth that are unequal in size.

Habitat and Lifestyle

These large fishes are found in the tropical oceans and are often seen or live near the ocean’s surface. They are also found in depths up to 100m.

Found in subtropical parts of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, the Great barracudas are great predators and survive on other fishes.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Found in most tropical marine waters, they thrive in temperatures of 74-82 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Great barracuda usually avoids brackish waters and live around the edges of coral reefs in shallow waters, open seas, mangroves, and coasts. Lure fishing is a technique commonly used to catch this fish.

Peak Season

While the Great barracuda are found all year long, July-February is the peak season to catch them.

Best Bait

Some of the best baits to use to catch a Great barracuda.

  • Sardines.
  • Mackerel.
  • Small Bonita.
  • Shiny objects.