Cocoa Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters; What to Expect with Barracuda

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Cocoa Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters

You will leave with a story to tell after catching a Barracuda on one of our Cocoa Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters.

When you catch a barracuda, there’s always a great story to tell. The best thing is the picture says it all with those gnarly teeth! Cocoa Beach deep sea fishing charters offer a tremendous fishery for barracuda during the summer. Wrecks, reefs and nearshore structure will almost always keep a good number of cudas (short for barracuda) around. Resident fish get educated and don’t often bite unless they are excited. The best way to get barracuda lit up is to chum with live bait.

While deep sea fishing cocoa beach we often lose other game fish to barracuda. They can easily bite a large fish in half. Because barracuda are numerous in our area, it can be challenging to fish without losing your intended target fish to the hungry predator (locals call this paying the tax man). None-the-less, the barracuda is a fun fish and are edible for those that insist on bringing one home. Bear in mind that larger fish can be toxic to eat.

Barracuda Behaviors

Juvenile great barracuda usually live among seagrasses and mangroves where they hide from predators. In their second year, they typically move to coral reefs. Sometimes found in the open sea, they often remain near the surface, though they may be as deep as 325 feet.

Attacks on humans by great barracuda are rare. Inquisitive, sight-oriented fish, barracudas sometimes exhibit the unnerving habit of trailing snorkelers and divers. When attacks occur more often than not it is because a barracuda attempts to steal a fish from spearfishers or mistakenly interprets a shiny object, such as a diving knife, for the glint of a bright fish. Such incidents usually consist of one swift strike, the result of which may be a laceration and some loss of tissue. Fatalities from barracuda attacks are rare. In 1947, a death off Key West was attributed to a barracuda, followed by another case off the coast of North Carolina in 1957. A well-documented barracuda attack occurred on a free diver off Pompano Beach, Florida in 1960. Bitten twice the resulting injuries required 31 stitches. However, such attacks are uncommon and more often than not easily preventable with a few simple precautions.

Eating Barracuda

While Barracuda are edible, this massive predator fish is susceptible to ciguatera poisoning.  Smaller specimens are the best eating while the larger ones, not so much. Keep in mind the larger the fish, the more chance of toxins.  Barracuda has a peculiar odor and slime that turn away anglers from keeping them, but the meat is firm and white.

Barracuda Regulations

In general, barracudas are elongated fish with powerful jaws. The lower jaw of the large mouth juts out beyond the upper. Barracudas possess strong, fang-like teeth that are unequal in size and set in sockets in the jaws and on the roof of the mouth. The head is quite large and is pointed and pike-like in appearance. The gill covers did not have spines and covered with small scales. The two dorsal fins are widely separated, with the first having five spines and the second having one spine and nine soft rays. The second dorsal fin equals the anal fin in size and is situated more or less above it. The lateral line is prominent and extends straight from head to tail. The spinous dorsal fin located above the pelvis. The hind end of the caudal fin is forked or concave and set at the end of a stout peduncle. The pectoral fins are placed low down on the sides. The Barracuda has a large swim bladder.

Great barracudas are large fish. Mature specimens are usually around 60?100 cm (24?39 in) in length and weigh 2.5?9.0 kg (5.5?19.8 lb). Enormous samples can exceed 1.5 m (4.9 ft) and weigh over 23 kg (51 lb). The record-sized specimen caught on rod-and-reel weighed 46.72 kilograms (103.0 lb) and measured 1.7 m (5.6 ft), while an even more prominent example measured 2 m (6.6 ft).

The FWC approved creating a slot limit of 15 to 36 inches allowing for one fish greater than 36 inches per person or per vessel, whichever is less in some S. Florida counties at the Nov. meeting in St. Petersburg. These changes will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.  [Florida Barracuda Regulations]

State Record
67 lbs.

My son and I had a lovely time on the ocean today with Captain Richard. The fishing was great, took home two large King fish and a Spainish Mackerel. Had them for dinner tonight, was so yummy. We saw many dolphins, some huge sea turtles, a manatee and a shark. Was not only a fishing trip but also a great nature adventure. Loved feeding the leftover bait fish to the pelicans and woodstorks. I HIGHLY recommend taking this trip. Worth every penny.read more
Kathy Klasek Sayre
Kathy Klasek Sayre
2018-06-20T01:47:02+0000
My son and his friend had the best time of their life...quoted by Graham and Nick...Capt Richard was fantastic Caught some amazing fish
Shelly Lynne Shapiro-Swan
Shelly Lynne Shapiro-Swan
2018-02-14T13:26:59+0000
We had a slow start but Captain Richard made sure we got on the fish. it was a great time with great people
Tony Lowe
Tony Lowe
2017-07-22T21:47:12+0000
We had an absolutely amazing experience. Couldn't have asked for a better fishing trip. Thanks Captain Richard.
Kris Wickens
Kris Wickens
2017-07-07T23:52:22+0000
My wife and I loved our time on the water with Captain Richard! Thanks for a great trip!
Jerod Ochsendorf
Jerod Ochsendorf
2017-05-06T13:28:21+0000
After 10 straight years of fishing with Capt. Richard we are looking forward to number 11 this year. We always have a great time and catch a lot of fish. We always look forward to visiting with Capt. Richard, Gina and their girls.Dana & Sheilafrom Ohioread more
Sheila Brisker Smith
Sheila Brisker Smith
2017-01-27T01:35:52+0000
Richard is a great guide with a lot of great stories. Worth the time & money.We have gone with numerous times over the last 5 years. The last time was 12/27/16, we caught redfish, blue fish, mangrove snapper, jack & a snook.My husband & I both caught redfish...a 7, 12, 20 & 30 lbs. another great day on the water.read more
Johanna Jensen
Johanna Jensen
2017-01-15T04:31:08+0000
I will definitely go back again. Captain Richard was great. Had a blast and he was good with my 10 year old. Don't hesitate to book a trip with Him. You won't be disappointed.read more
Stanton Jacobs
Stanton Jacobs
2016-12-31T15:30:13+0000
Great Experience, we've al ways wanted to go, just didn't know who to select? We fished for 1/2 day, and Cptn Richard made sure we had a Good Time. We would go again, and recommend it for others! Fish On!!read more
James Gibson
James Gibson
2016-12-13T14:13:27+0000
I enjoyed Captain Richard, he was a lot of fun! He's very knowledgeable and funny�! The Haneys will definitely be booking another experience soon!
T Renea Haney
T Renea Haney
2016-11-24T02:25:43+0000
This was the best, we would go again in a second. He treated my 13 year old like a young man. Caught very nice fish in a beautiful area. Felt safe at all times. Cpt. Richard made quite the impression on my son. We will be going again, and I would recommend this trip to anyone.read more
Angie Coyne Hale
Angie Coyne Hale
2016-08-22T21:50:50+0000
We had a great time with Captain Richard.It was great to catch Kings, Spanish Mackerel and Bonitas.We also saw a huge Hammerhead Shark and Barracuda.We will definitely go again!read more
Michael D. Allen
Michael D. Allen
2016-08-04T10:36:10+0000
Great Captain, great trip.Local/Native to the area, knows these waters.You wont find better.
Jimmy Ryder
Jimmy Ryder
2016-08-01T17:25:17+0000
Best fishing experience EVER! Capt Richard knows all the hot spots and is an expert guide and angler!
Rick Donnelly
Rick Donnelly
2016-05-15T00:41:49+0000
Was awesome. Captain Richard was absolutely great with my nephews.
Mark Shute
Mark Shute
2016-04-27T09:10:53+0000
Experienced, knowledgeable, diligent and a very pleasant captain with whom to share the day. His hard work payed off under trying conditions.
David Fass
David Fass
2016-03-09T04:30:39+0000
Capt Richard and Capt Gina are awesome...! Very accommodating and they surely will guarantee anyone that goes out in the water with a great time! It's been awhile since I've gone charter fishing with them but I still remember every single moment I was out with them. Thank you Capt Richard and Capt Gina. Keep up the great work and more success to you guys. Fish ON....!!!read more
Allan Martin
Allan Martin
2015-06-26T12:33:37+0000
Had the best day fishing off Cocoa Beach with Capt. Richard while we were docked in Port Canaveral for the day from the Norwegian Gem. Capt. Gina was so helpful in planning our trip months ahead and even came right to the boat and picked us up when we pulled into Port! We caught some beautiful King Mackerel and had many laughs. I would recommend Lagooner to EVERYONE. If we ever get back down there, we'll definitely go again.read more
Shanee Thomas Taylor
Shanee Thomas Taylor
2015-03-02T02:15:01+0000
Having been fishing a number of times over the years with Captain Richard I can highly recommend Lagooner Charters. We have always had a great time and he puts you on the fish. Richard and Gina have not only been our charter captains but have become our friends. Give them a try you won't be disappointed.read more
Dan Roach
Dan Roach
2015-02-12T21:42:28+0000
I have been honored to share a boat with Captain Richard more than once. He and Captain Gina are fantastic people, kind, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable. I have been blessed to fish from Canada to Florida and I can give Lagooner Fishing Charters the highest of praise and I look forward to fishing with them multiple times in the future!read more
Shane Roberts Walton
Shane Roberts Walton
2015-01-29T18:21:54+0000
Captain Richard was great company on the boat. He's a blast to hang out with and will glady joke around with everyone. When it came to the fishing it was a tough day to start but we were able to find a school of drummer fish. He was able to spot a school of fish from his boat which was pretty cool. We caught a good 20-25 lb black drumfish which made the whole trip worth it. For sure recommend captain Richard.read more
Sam Teitelbaum
Sam Teitelbaum
2015-01-22T05:41:54+0000
Had a blast with Captain Richard too bad weather didn't cooperate he still put us on some fish
April Schomaker
April Schomaker
2015-01-21T22:54:34+0000
A very knowledgeable guide and knows the area waters well. We were on big reds and trout within minutes of the leaving the dock and ventured about the lagoon to catch different species. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well equipped with good equipment, he was well prepared to adapt to the different types of fishing through out the day. My primary focus was sight fishing for big reds on fly - the flies that Capt. Richard provided were right on! Booking the charter was a breeze, his wife Capt. Gina was very accommodating to work me in (thank you Capt. Gina).Capt. Richard seemed to know who was hungry at the right times – and we had some impressive catches! Well done Capt. Richard, and thanks for a great day on the water!read more
Ray Norman
Ray Norman
2015-01-21T17:48:40+0000
We had an awesome day of fishing with Captain Richard! Regardless of your fishing ability....Richard will get you on fish and make sure that everyone has a great day! He is professional, courteous and funny! We caught fish even though boats around us were struggling and we had a fantastic time! I would highly recommend fishing with Richard!read more
Troy McQuagge
Troy McQuagge
2015-01-20T23:00:43+0000
We had an outstanding experience with Lagooner! To start, Captain Gina made the booking quick and easy. All follow-up and communication was just like she promised. Once we were on the water, Captain Richard made the day fun for everyone and put us on fish at every stop. I would recommend Lagooner to anyone looking for a charter in Cocoa Beach.read more
Todd Brewer
Todd Brewer
2015-01-15T04:41:43+0000
Gave a fishing trip to my husband for his birthday after recommendation from my cousin Kristin Kessel Asinger. He is still talking about it as the best fishing trip ever! Don't hesitate to book a fishing trip with Captain Richard!read more
Anna Svensson
Anna Svensson
2015-01-14T17:30:13+0000
Captain Richard worked hard to put fish in the boat. We were able to bring in a few big Reds and some trout, and a couple keepers to take home for dinner. It's always the hope to be able to catch lots of fish, but fishing is fishing and there are no guarantees; the time of the year we travel to Florida also has an impact on our fshing success. This last trip out with Captain Richard my wife came along and thorougly enjoyed the experience and catching the big Reds. She is looking forward to our next trip to Florida and another fishing trip with Captain Richard.read more
Roger Voigt
Roger Voigt
2015-01-13T03:16:25+0000
I'm a local and all my friends fish with Captain Richard at Lagooner Fishing Guides. He's a fantastic guy and knows all the best spots to fish.....
Sandy Goins Kornegay
Sandy Goins Kornegay
2015-01-09T22:52:15+0000
We had a great time with Captian Richard!! 1/2 day trip,good weather and fish in the box:)) We stdpped off cruise ship and onto his boat within 10 minutes. Great trip for novice to experianced angler. Thanks Capt. & will see you again!!!read more
Chris Beane
Chris Beane
2014-07-14T00:49:49+0000

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