The FWC voted in September 2015 to impose the first restrictions on barracuda. These new rules went into effect on Nov.
According to Nathaniel Linville, LKGA outreach coordinator, FWC staff had originally proposed a 15- to 36-inch slot limit for barracuda. The goal was to protect spawning-size fish, which are often the sought-after prize of recreational and commercial anglers.
Scientists already know much more about the habits and habitat of permit than they do of barracuda, but there remain spotty parts to the permit picture.
Barracuda saved the day for many of the anglers, with many feisty ones in excess of three feet being caught and released.
And with an impressive mix of bonefish and barracuda on a fly, the overall winning team of Kat Vallilee-Linville from Key West and guide Drew Delashmit won a gorgeous work of original art by talented young artist Travis Luther from St.
It is time to give the barracuda the gamefish status that it deserves.
* The great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, is found in the western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Brazil, but is particularly abundant off South Florida.
* In the Florida Keys, adult great barracuda occupy nearly all habitats from residential canals and shallow seagrass flats near shore, to Florida Bay, and the offshore open water of the Florida Straits and Gulf of Mexico.
* To date, only a small number of studies have documented barracuda movement and behavior.
* There are few predators that are large enough and fast enough to feed on adult great barracuda. Sharks, tuna and go-lath grouper have been known to feed on adult barracuda.