Also called cuda, sea pike, giant sea pike.
Found in the all tropical seas except the East Pacific. Found offshore and inshore around reefs, piers, wrecks, sandy and grassy flats, and wherever smaller fish congregate. Smaller fish sometimes school, but the large ones are almost invariably loners. The Barracuda eats what ever is available. Fishing methods include trolling with plugs, spoons, and prepared baits; live bait fishing with small fishes; casting and retrieving live and strip baits as well as plugs and spoons. The cast should not land too near a barracuda, but should be retrieved past it at a fast, erratic speed. This species is known to carry ciguatera (nerve poisoning) and is not recommended as an eating fish.