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Fly Fishing Barracuda

Found in many tropical to temperate waters throughout the Indo-Pacific region and subtropical Atlantic, the Barracuda is a fiercely opportunistic predator that puts up a good fight.

Known as the perfect ambush predator, the Barracuda is easily distinguishable with its elongated cylindrical body. Its long and pointed snout displays a distinctive undershot bottom jaw while its wide gaping mouth holds a fearsome array of razor sharp teeth. The body of the Barracuda is covered in well-formed scales that give it an almost snake-like pattern. The coloration changes from blue-grey above to silvery, chalky white below while a prominent lateral line extends from behind the head all the way to the tail. Then there are two widely spaced dorsal fins – the first composed of V-spines and the second of a single spine with nine soft rays.

We love fly fishing for Barracuda because you need more than the best barracuda flies, rods, and tackle – you need your wits about you!

BARRACUDA FACTS

  • Max Speed 43 KM/H
  • Max length 1.5 Meter
  • Max Weight 15 KG
  • Diet Carnivore

FINDING A BARRACUDA

Barracuda are generally not hard to spot. Up until the moment they attack they are slow moving fish, often lying in ambush, motionless, waiting. Easily distinguished by the grey-blue color of their back and elongated body, they can still sometimes escape even the most trained eyes.

Many of the larger fish that inhabit the flats, mangroves and surf are territorial fish and can often be seen on the same tides following Baitfish into the shallows. It is not uncommon to find a fish well over a meter in barely a foot of water like a GT. Fly fishing Giant Trevally is also epic!

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BEST FLIES FOR BARRACUDA

  • Brush Flies

    Targeting Barracuda which hunts bigger prey, it’s ideal to use a Baitfish imitation. Size of the flies should be 2/0 to 6/0 in total length. Fishing on sand requires more natural colors such as white, tan and olive. When fishing in surf or on a darker bottom, using slightly darker colors such as black-red, blue, dark green and brown to match the habitat is suggested.

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  • Sempers

    This fly, like all Semper patterns, have an incredible movement in the water which makes them irresistible to any cruising Barracuda. Do note that with these flies, long and fast as possible strips/retrieves need to be made.

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  • Poppers

    Traditional Popper patterns are becoming very popular as they create a greater disturbance on the water. Poppers are generally fished over deeper waters such as drifting on the skiff in the lagoons, casting into the channels as well as floating the outer shallow reef of the atolls.

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BEST RODS FOR BARRACUDA

Fly fishing is an art form that not everyone can master. It takes skill, patience, determination and knowledge. The right rod will take you a lot closer to landing the catch. For the large Barracuda we use an eleven or twelve weight rod set up with a balanced reel that has strong and reliable drag system is most suitable. The same line rod and reel setup as we use for Giant Trevally is ideal. This negates the need for carrying an extra rod. The leader is constructed using 8 foot of straight 100lb line attached to one foot of 80lb knotable wire. Either a bright or double uni knot is ideal. This is a versatile system, while not ideal for Giant Trevally it will allow you to make a shot and play a GT if need be. Without using wire trace the chances of landing a big Barracuda are slim, their razor sharp teeth have little problem cutting through 130lb mono.
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BEST TIDES FOR BARRACUDA

As a rule of thumb, Barracuda is mostly targeted during the pushing tide. During this time there is lots of water pushing behind the fish on the flats and are more at ease as to not get trapped, which is a risk during the dropping tide. As the cool fresh water flows onto the shallow flats many invertebrates such as crab, shrimp and worms leave their holes. In turn, brings Bonefish and other small fish onto the flats to feed and the chain continues up to the bigger predatory fish like the Barracuda.

Catching a barracuda

A good tip when making the cast is to look at where you want the fly to land rather than the fish, this helps prevent spooking the fish by landing the fly too close. Unlike small Barracuda, big fish must be tempted onto the fly. Let the fly sink. Once the fish is 2 m (6 ft) away, one long fast paced full extension strip, stop. Big fish reverse building a run up, coil like a spring, then slam the fly - there will be no doubt when he has taken. Leave the fly and let him hammer it. If there is no reaction or he moves away, repeat the long strip. Do this until you see the fish’s body language becomes more positive. On taking the fly, keep the rod low and strip set. Several long hard strip sets are needed. Keep the rod low. Clear your line. Keep your rod at a low angle to play the fish and the drag on the reel tight. Big Barracuda do jump, but when using a 6/0 hook and 100lb line there is little need to bow to the fish.

Barracuda Gallery

Some of the big barracuda that did not get away.
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PAST CATCHES

"Its awesome when our paths cross with a barracuda, its a spectacular fight and gets the guests heart pumping like nothing else" - Guide

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DESTINATIONS

We choose destinations that meet our anglers’ needs and desires. You can focus on one atoll or combine several for a richer and more varied experience.
  • Alphonse Atoll

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    Alphonse Atoll

    A dream destination for any fly fisherman, Alphonse Atoll in Seychelles is renowned for its expansive sea flats, which provide easy wading and world class fishing.  The atolls are regarded as some of the most pristine, untouched islands in the world yet Alphonse Atoll is just a 60-minute flight from Mahé.

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  • Cosmoledo Atoll

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    Cosmoledo Atoll

    Cosmoledo Atoll is just a stone’s throw away from the world heritage site of Aldabra, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Its ecosystem is pristine with saltwater flats and a huge variety of fish species, attracting fly fishermen from around the world. It is home to a newly built eco-camp, dedicated to the atoll’s conservation.

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  • Astove Atoll

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    Astove Atoll

    The home of the biggest giant trevallies in the Indian Ocean, this island in the Seychelles offers superb fly fishing in a shallow lagoon surrounded by sheer drop-offs. Just over a thousand kilometres from Mahe, this atoll forms part of the remote Aldabra group of atolls. Uninhabited since 1969, this atoll has seen very little human presence which makes for a wild and unique experience.

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  • Poivre Island

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    Poivre Island

    Poivre Atoll offers the best of both worlds with stunning flats and arguably one of the best jigging and popping spots that the Amirantes Atolls have to offer. Known for record breaking Dogtooth Tuna and some of the best Indo-Pacific Permit fishing in the Seychelles, Poivre offers the ultimate challenge for any game fisherman worth his salt.

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MAKE YOUR BARRACUDA FISHING DREAM COME TRUE

Turn your fly into a fish’s ultimate temptation. The Seychelles, with its 115 islands and deserted atolls, ideal weather and warm Indian Ocean waters, is renowned for being home to some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. You don’t even have to venture too far to break fishing records!

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Highlights

  • Home of the worlds best fly fishing
  • Unique, bespoke trips to suite your needs
  • Located in the pristine remote outer islands of the Seychelles
  • Luxury accommodation and exquisite food
  • Unrivaled professional guides
  • Some of the richest fishing grounds in the world
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