Barracuda

Most Aruba fishing trips are done off the southwest coast of Aruba, where the water is calmer.

The barracuda is one of the many fishes that Natasha Sport Fishing Charters baits for, off the coast of Aruba. It is a very popular fish when it comes to fishing on Aruba because it can be found in most of the fishing spots around the island. Known by the Aruban locals as Picuda, they can be spotted near coral reefs and sea grasses when snorkeling in Aruba.

The barracuda, nicknamed the “Tiger of the Sea” is an aggressive, opportunistic predator. It relies on surprise and short bursts of speed, up to 27 mph (43 km/h), to overtake its prey.
This predator feeds on small fishes with its ferocious saber-like teeth by simply biting them in half. Barracuda are a competitive species and often are seen competing against King Mackerel and sometimes even Dolphins for prey.

The Barracuda is known as The Tiger of the Sea but also carries a variety of common names; Great Barracuda, Commerson’s Sea pike.
Barracuda, a saltwater fish. There are several species. Best known is the great barracuda, found in the American Atlantic from Florida to Brazil. The great barracuda is a popular game fish. (It is used as a trophy since its flesh is poisonous.) This fish, which resembles a pike, is dark above and pale beneath, with a large mouth studded with long, sharp teeth. It may reach a length of 6 feet (1.8 m) and weigh somewhat more than 100 pounds (45 kg).

Barracudas can reach six feet in length. The Pacific barracuda, found off the coast of California, is smaller but similar in appearance. It is both a game fish and a food fish.

A barracuda can appear intimidating with its large jaws and very sharp teeth. It eats lots of other fish in the sea. If a barracuda feels threatened, it will even attack a person.

The biggest and most feared barracuda is the great barracuda. The Barracuda is known as The Tiger of the Sea but also carries a variety of common names; Great Barracuda, Commerson’s Sea pike, and Short barracuda are all common English language names. It is an nosy, intrusive and aggressive predator.

The Barracuda provides the angler with an impressive aerial display often jumping several times its own length. The saber-like teeth are extremely sharp and dangerous if not handled with caution. The Barracuda can be found worldwide in near shore tropical and subtropical seas (30°N – 30°S). The great barracuda is common in the western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts up north to Brazil down south. The Barracuda can also be found in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea as well as the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Pacific, and the Red Sea. It is rare or absent in areas of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The great barracuda grows to 6 feet (1.8 meters) and weighs up to 100 pounds (45 kilograms). It swims in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.

Barracudas belong to the family Sphyraenidae. The great barracuda is Sphyraena barracuda; the Pacific barracuda, S. argentea.

Amberjack

The amberjack is a game fish often found in warm water such as that around Aruba all year round.

It can be identified by the black band across the eyes and its dark stripes which extend from its nose to the front of its dorsal fins.

The pull of this fish is a sheer delight to sports fishermen due to its strength and this makes it a beautiful trophy fish to take home after a fishing trip in Aruba.

The Amberjack activity in Aruba is concentrated around rocky reefs where they feed on squid, fish and crustaceans.

Greater amberjack are an offshore species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks.
Amberjack Description: Amber Jacks have a dark stripe that extends from nose to in front of dorsal fin that becomes more promenant when fish is in feeding mode; no scutes; soft dorsal base less than twice the length of the anal fin base.

Where Amberjack Are Found: This is an OFFSHORE species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 60 – 240 feet of water that are not often caught nearshore in East Central Florida. We find amberjack off the Cocoa Beach and East Central Florida on wrecks and deep rock ledges and hard bottom debre.

Amberjack, the name of a group of fish found in temperate ocean waters throughout the world. Many amberjacks are popular game fish. The common, or greater, amberjack is found off the west coast of Europe, off the east coast of the United States, and in the Gulf of Mexico. It is most abundant south of Cape Hatteras and is often caught as a game fish in Florida waters. Its upper body is blue, the belly is silver, and the fins are yellowish-gray. The common amberjack can reach five to six feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) in length and more than 100 pounds (45 kg) in weight. The average weight, however, is 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg). The Pacific amberjack and the Pacific yellowtail are often caught off the southwestern coast of the United States.

Amberjacks make up the genus Seriola. The common amberjack is S. dumerili; the Pacific amberjack, S. colburni; the Pacific yellowtail, S. lalandei. Amberjacks belong to the family Carangidae.