Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: Barracuda anyone?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    715

    Default Barracuda anyone?

    Well, I’m Fort Dauphin, Madagascar, on business for the last while and will be here for another month or two.

    I see the locals catching allot of barracuda here on hand line just off shore, some monster size fish, biggest I’ve seen come out must have been close to 5.5 - 6 ft in length.

    Any suggestions as to targeting these fish off shore off one of the local’s dugout canoes?

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    G
    Fly-fishing surpasses the need to actually catch a fish, it becomes a mindset, and with time, an obsession.

    Lord,grant that I may catch a fish so big that even I,
    When speaking afterwards,
    May have no need to lie.
    Amen

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Sunninghill JHB
    Posts
    2,307

    Default

    Get a beeg fly, and thow it at them...
    Mike McKeown

    You're either fishing or waiting...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Pretoria
    Posts
    1,824

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MaXiMuM View Post
    Get a beeg fly, and thow it at them...
    Helps if it is blueish, and did someone mention - Big
    The best day to go fishing is any day that ends in a "y"

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Sunninghill JHB
    Posts
    2,307

    Default

    If it ain’t Chartreuse, it ain’t no use…
    Mike McKeown

    You're either fishing or waiting...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Pretoria Gangsters Paradise
    Posts
    5,735

    Default

    5' barracuda ?



    My suggestion in addition to Mike's would be ... steel trace.

    The little 30cm PickHandles at Kosi nip though 30lb shock tippet like it's nobody's business.

    Lucky man, hope you get some fish.
    "Hierdie drol het baie vlie" - Ago 2014.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Hidden
    Posts
    922

    Default

    They'll grab anything shiny that flashes and acts like a baitfish.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Pretoria Gangsters Paradise
    Posts
    5,735

    Default

    Don't be scared to double handed strip the hell out of it either, they're very fast.

    Its awesome watching them appear from nowhere to chase your fly for a good 10M - 15M and then pounce on it.
    "Hierdie drol het baie vlie" - Ago 2014.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Claremont, Cape Town
    Posts
    4,251

    Default

    BIG, shiny and a short braided wire bite trace ... barracuda are generally dumb ... give an initial good hard run ... but then often more or less give up.

    (you talking genuine barracuda with the long "dog" teeth, or Spanish Mackerel?)
    I always wanted to be somebody,but now I realize I should have been more specific.
    Alcohol is the anaesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. GBS

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Cape Town South Africa
    Posts
    1,277

    Default

    Guys, don't underestimate the intelligence of a big Cuda.... they don't get to 6ft long by being doff....
    One of a Barracudas prime food sources are garfish and needlefish.... most Barracuda flies are long... like 20 cm plus in length and tied loooooooong and skinny.... stick at least 10 cm of wire in front of it.... and Strip FAST!!!

    Make sure you give the cuda a good lead cause in that clean water, they have the BEST eyesight of fish on the flats.....

    And mind the teeth on unhooking!!
    *** TO RIDE, SHOOT STRAIGHT AND SPEAK THE TRUTH ***

    Some people are like Slinkies.... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

    The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. - Hunter S. Thompson

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    715

    Default

    Neps, thanks for the info. It’s not flats that we’d be fishing, it’s probably about 1km off shore, I have a leadcore line that I hope will be sufficient.

    I will see if I can get a photo of a good sized fish tomorrow when the locals come in. The locals carry a pole over their shoulders which they hang their catch off by the tail, the big one I saw last week they had to cut off the head and a little more to stop it scraping on the ground as the walked. The average size I would say is about 3ft.

    They also occasionally pull out some GT’s and sailies, all on hand lines (wonder if they need a skin graft on their hands after that)

    There are a couple of shad around but I can’t seem to get to the better sized fish with the fly tackle, one of my work mates caught a beauty of 4kg on regulation tackle last weekend.

    Don’t think I will get a chance to go fishing tomorrow (work 6 days a week here, only sundays off), we’ve got a cyclone passing north of us and I think the weather is going to go for a ball of ………
    Fly-fishing surpasses the need to actually catch a fish, it becomes a mindset, and with time, an obsession.

    Lord,grant that I may catch a fish so big that even I,
    When speaking afterwards,
    May have no need to lie.
    Amen

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •