TIPS SALTWATER By: WorldFishingNetwork.com Staff Barracuda Species Identification There are over two dozen species of barracuda in the world, some of the more populous include: great barracuda, pickhandle, yellowmouth and yellowtail. Great barracuda is the most prized from an angling perspective, and therefore this section will focus more on this breed of barracuda. Appearance Barracuda have an elongated body that resemble pike, including prominent sharp teeth and a pointed snout. They have two dorsal fins that are separated from each other. Coloration varies from different barracuda species, but they are usually blue, green or grey with silvery sides and a white underbelly. Black spots often adorn the sides of barracuda. Maximum Size Varies from species to species, but the biggest and most famous is the great barracuda, which can grow to lengths over six feet (1.8m) and weigh over 80 pounds (36.3 kg). Geographic Range There are over two dozen species of barracuda spread out in oceans all over the world, though generally in tropical and subtropical regions. Great Barracuda can be found on the Atlantic coast of tropical America from North Carolina to Brazil and reaching Bermuda Habitat Edges of coral reefs, in clear water. Food Barracuda are ferocious predators that eat fish, sometimes taking bites out of fish as big as themselves. Behavior A collective group of barracuda is called a battery. Yellowtails are an example of a species of barracudas that will swim in batteries, but others like adult great barracuda, are more solitary. Barracudas have a reputation for being one of the fastest fish for its size, especially in short bursts, reaching speeds of up to 27 miles per hour (43km/h). They use this speed to overtake unsuspecting prey. Information Credit: NOAA.