Careful Where You Point That Thing

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Hang on Tight Andrew!  Photo by Louis Cahill

Hang on Tight Andrew! Photo by Louis Cahill

Toothy and generally ill tempered, barracuda are a blast to catch on the fly.

Their vicious attack is almost unbelievable to watch. My buddy Andrew Bennett holds a nice one here for a sub-surface hero shot.

The Bahamians eat them. Barracuda are generally not edible because they eat poisonous reef fish and store the toxins. Eating one in the Florida Keys will kill you. The cuda that live on the flats can be safe, but it’s a risk. The Bahamians have a test. They cut out the fish’s liver and touch it to their tongue, if it makes their tongue numb they throw it out, if not they eat it.

Barracuda are not so cautious, they eat everything. The cuda in the Bahamas are notoriously aggressive. I met a guide who was attacked by one. It bit his leg with such force that it broke the bone, not to mention what those teeth did to him. Hummmm, let’s skip the release shot Andrew.

Come fish with us in the Bahamas!

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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10 thoughts on “Careful Where You Point That Thing

  1. I caught and ate barracuda in Belize. When I asked the locals if it was safe to eat they laughed at me. The lodge I stayed at served my fish to everyone for dinner! I caught those fish on a spinning rod before I took up fly fishing. I wish I could afford to go back and catch some on a fly. They’re loads of fun to catch; they even jump! For flies, think long and chartreuse.

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