I checked a couple web sites for FL recreational saltwater fishing regulations. I noticed there wasn't any mention of barracudas. Is there a closed season, size or limit? Are they good to eat fresh? Any tips on catching them in June/July? Thanks in advance for any info..
5/24/2001 9:13:00 PM
CP McHugh (188.8.131.52) from TEXAS says barracudas
Don't know the regs concerning take of barracuda in Florida. Do know that they are implicated in ciguatera poisoning. This is a food chain accumulation of a reef toxin in top predators. Larger fish have a greater probability of having a toxic dose. We only shot (spearfishing) fish in the Keys on the smallish side to reduce the probabiltiy of getting a bad fish. While diving we saw a lot of 'cuda who had leaders and weights hanging onto their jaws. Either the fishermen knew of ciguatera or didn't want to handle a big, pissed off 'cuda. They have an unusual smell when filleted, but damn are they good eating. BBQ'ed they are in my opinion among the best. I always look for them when diving the rigs in the Gulf. Chad
5/25/2001 7:31:00 AM
Devil Fox from FLORIDA says Barracuda
There are no regulations on Barracuda. Any larger fish caught on the reefs can have ciguatera,(snapper, grouper, amberjack, ect). The small ones are great eating. Not many reports of ciguatera north of the keys.