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Old 08-16-2019, 10:47 PM
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Default How heavy is this barracuda?

Not mine, I just snapped a pic today walking on the dock. It looked big in person but I didn’t notice how big until looking back at the pic. What’s your estimate?



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I hate to see pictures like these. And then we wonder why fishing is poor in so many places.
As for the barracuda it could be 30 - 40 lbs. but it also could mean serious trouble for whoever eats it. Large barracuda are known to cause ciguatera poisoning. The general rule of thumb is to keep them as long as they are shorter than your arm as the bigger ones might have ciguatera.
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Nothing wrong with keeping your legal limit of fish, but I sure as heck wouldn't of kept that stinky.
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I have not heard of any cigataera in the north gulf, not much in the way of coral or tropical fish for them to eat. When I was working on the oil rigs them Louisiana boys ate them all the time.
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I hate to see pictures like these. And then we wonder why fishing is poor in so many places.
As for the barracuda it could be 30 - 40 lbs. but it also could mean serious trouble for whoever eats it. Large barracuda are known to cause ciguatera poisoning. The general rule of thumb is to keep them as long as they are shorter than your arm as the bigger ones might have ciguatera.
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Barracuda are deceptive when it comes to weight. A similar bodied barracuda to a 40lb kingfish or wahoo will only weigh around 20lbs. Hard to say from the picture but I'd guess high teens maybe low 20s. As for eating cuda aren't bad, better than those kingfish IMO. You just have to get past the terrible smell of their slime.
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30#'s or so. No chance of toxins there. Very white and mild meat. Great when fried. Smells like skit when cleaning, not as bad as red fish though.
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24#
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Originally Posted by Gary999 View Post
30#'s or so. No chance of toxins there. Very white and mild meat. Great when fried. Smells like skit when cleaning, not as bad as red fish though.
Interesting comment about the toxins. When they wrote the book entitled Sportfish of Florida they must have been misinformed.
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They get it from reef fish so anything that eats lots of reef fish can have it.
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They are stinky.. and delicious, but I would not eat one over 3'. I'm guessing low 20s.

My buddy just got ciguatera from 4'+ cuda he caught out of Canaveral.
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Isn't funny how everybody here on THT just knows everything. Definitive statement "no chance of toxins" and "we ate them all the time". Well guess what, big barracudas have the ciguatera toxin as your buddy well knows. Thanks for the update.
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Interesting comment about the toxins. When they wrote the book entitled Sportfish of Florida they must have been misinformed.
He is in Texas. Jheesh...
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Isn't funny how everybody here on THT just knows everything. Definitive statement "no chance of toxins" and "we ate them all the time". Well guess what, big barracudas have the ciguatera toxin as your buddy well knows. Thanks for the update.
Northern gulf honey. Bone up on your misinformation.
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Isn't funny how everybody here on THT just knows everything. Definitive statement "no chance of toxins" and "we ate them all the time". Well guess what, big barracudas have the ciguatera toxin as your buddy well knows. Thanks for the update.
Ciguaterra is a locally occurring toxin. And more importantly, if you're concerned about eating a barracuda from an area because of the chance of cig, you shouldn't be eating a grouper, snapper, or mackerel species from the same area either. Caught in the northern gulf you're fine with very little chance of ciguatera toxin in the region. The idea that barracudas are somehow predisposed to being carriers of cig more so than other species should be rethought. Yes, a big barracuda can have it, but so can a large (and sometimes not so large) member of any number of reef species.
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Sorry now I understand. The ciguatera toxin skipped Texas and the barracuda in the GOM are unable to swim over to Texas. Thanks, now I got it.
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As they told us in Bahamas, less than an arm do you no harm. And if the flies don't like it, don't eat it.
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Sorry now I understand. The ciguatera toxin skipped Texas and the barracuda in the GOM are unable to swim over to Texas. Thanks, now I got it.
The only thing you "got" is a case of the stupids. Bless your heart.....
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
As they told us in Bahamas, less than an arm do you no harm. And if the flies don't like it, don't eat it.
A friend got nailed by ciguetera 5 years ago from a big kingfish. I saw how sick he got and I dont want anything to do with it. I try to minimize by chances.
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Never heard of anybody get it from kingfish or mackerel but I guess it's possible. Big snapper and grouper yeah.
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Not eating but I’ll keep and give to a local they love them.

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