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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Large-Mouthed Black Bass
Crappie Or Speckled Perch
Bluegill Or Bream
Red-Breasted Sun Fish
Warmouth Perch Or Rock Bass
Pickerel Or Jackfish
Salt-Water Trout (Spotter Weakfish)
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Probably the most vicious, savage fish that swims, and well deserving of the name "Sea Tiger" given to him by many anglers. Despite his sinister appearance and demeanor, his flesh is excellent food.
In addition to his regular name, locals also call him Florida Barracuda, Great Barracuda, Salt-Water Muskallunge, Salt-Water Pike, and Sea Pike. His average size is five to ten pounds, though one weighing 64 pounds was caught in 1924 near Miami.
The Barracuda is feared by sailors and fishermen more than are sharks. There have been numerous occasions when hands, feet, arms and legs have been lost to or mutilated by this savage of the deep. Another of his favorite habits is to slash off the body of another fish you may be reeling in, leaving you only the head.
His strike may also tear the rod from your hands, and he hits with such suddenness that he invariably sets the hook himself. As soon as he feels the prick of the hook, he is off in a series of jumps and runs, and if he gets any slack line the chances are he will throw the hook and go free.
Tackle and methods: Barracuda usually are caught on feathered jigs while trolling for Dolphin and Albacore.