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“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway
It's amazing how quickly they can cut a fish in half like that and circle back and pick up the prize... you pull up a head still breathing.
Something you don't hear much about but barracuda have actually killed people - not in a deliberate attack - just part of how they react when either coming after food - or that first wild leaping run when hooked... Put simply if you're close to the water and have hooked a big one remember - you might actually have to duck if one is screaming in your direction. When they do those wild leaps - it's with mouth open, and me.. .I'd rather not be in the way...
Chumming for Kings with live bait has caused a few very close encounters with Cudas either jumping in the boat, or passing close by when skying on the baits. Kings can also do extensive damage when in mid air, or on the deck.
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