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Great fishing day!

Had a late start but as we rounded the turn we saw dozens of tarpon rolling and jumping. It is amazing how powerful those fish are!  For ten minutes we watched them! We continued out to Edison where we caught Barracuda after Barracuda. We caught so many that we lost all of our tackle.  We kept two small ones 
to eat. The water was beautiful   no wind  amazing day!

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  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,880 Moderator
    They are fun to catch. A little rough on your terminal tackle supply.
    larrywitt
  • Capt Dan MedinaCapt Dan Medina Posts: 819 Officer
    cudas are fun to catch, especially on the light gear... 
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  • SloughSlough S.w. Ga./ St. JamesPosts: 5,701 Admiral
    Hard fighting fish
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you
  • joekat46joekat46 North PortPosts: 2,847 Captain
  • joekat46joekat46 North PortPosts: 2,847 Captain
  • JoesarantiJoesaranti Posts: 71 Deckhand
    edited April 2018 #7
    cudas are fun to catch, especially on the light gear... 
    It was a lot of fun watching them smash the cuda tube! I started out casting to the fish and they kept following it but would not strike it so what I did was trolled it about 100 ft.back while pumping the rod nonstop. It was pretty cool having the rod in my hand as they nailed the lure.
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 11,772 AG
    You eating them?  I've never had cuda, the poison always scared me off.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • natecertnatecert Posts: 231 Deckhand
    Glad you had fun and thanks for the report. Another trick is to cast the tube out leave slack line, let it sink then REEL.
  • JoesarantiJoesaranti Posts: 71 Deckhand
    kellercl said:
    You eating them?  I've never had cuda, the poison always scared me off.
      Any reef fish can carry Ciguatera. Grouper, snapper Hogfish etc. I have read that it comes 
    from dead coral that small fish eat and then the big fish eat the small fish. The Barracuda
    around here are on wrecks not on coral reefs so they are much less likely to have it.
    Also I don't keep the larger ones just in case. As soon as I catch it I stab it in the gills
    and put it on a stringer on the side of the boat for a couple minutes until it stops pumping blood and then straight into ice. The meat is moist tender flakey white meat with not even a
    hint of fishiness. I regard it as good or better than grouper or snapper.
  • JoesarantiJoesaranti Posts: 71 Deckhand
    natecert said:
    Glad you had fun and thanks for the report. Another trick is to cast the tube out leave slack line, let it sink then REEL.
    Thanks for the advice! I will try that next trip out!
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 11,772 AG
    kellercl said:
    You eating them?  I've never had cuda, the poison always scared me off.
      Any reef fish can carry Ciguatera. Grouper, snapper Hogfish etc. I have read that it comes 
    from dead coral that small fish eat and then the big fish eat the small fish. The Barracuda
    around here are on wrecks not on coral reefs so they are much less likely to have it.
    Also I don't keep the larger ones just in case. As soon as I catch it I stab it in the gills
    and put it on a stringer on the side of the boat for a couple minutes until it stops pumping blood and then straight into ice. The meat is moist tender flakey white meat with not even a
    hint of fishiness. I regard it as good or better than grouper or snapper.
    Great information, I am currently exclusively an inshore fisherman.  Thanks for the tips/information.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • tilemantileman Posts: 1,150 Officer
    Great eating fish 
    Here's ta swimn' with bowllegged women!
  • stallan54stallan54 Posts: 89 Greenhorn
    kellercl said:
    You eating them?  I've never had cuda, the poison always scared me off.
    . I regard it as good or better than grouper or snapper.
    I had no idea!  Went out yesterday (Sunday), and stayed close to shore since there were some monster swells out there early in the day.  Drifted around Causeway Reef.  Caught an 8' hammerhead on a blue runner and a 24" cuda that came up and ate my grunt!  I threw the cuda back.  Next time I'm going to try eating one.  
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