Many bonefish anglers in the Bahamas think of barracuda as that not-so-desirable species that you sometimes troll for when the weather is bad. At Andros South we disagree.
We regularly see barracuda on the flats, and in fact trolling for ‘cudas is very unusual on South Andros. If you’re poling down a flat, have that ‘cuda rod rigged and ready– if there are bonefish around, their predators are around too, and throwing a popper at that 4-foot-long critter makes for some pretty good sport.
We like a 10 weight, a floating line, and a wire leader (Rio’s Toothy Critter Leaders and TyGer Wire both work great). Big baitfish flies (4″+), crease flies and poppers all work great. Land the fly well in front of the fish, start stripping the instant it hits the water (or before)…and you can’t strip too fast! Be ready and don’t mind the explosion– that’s just flats fishing for ‘cudas.