Some see them as trash fish, while others see them as trophy catches. One thing is for certain, though: barracuda can fight.
Lance Gleason of Missoula, Mont., released 15 barracuda measuring a total of 246.5 inches to win the spin division of the two-day 2013 Cuda Bowl Tournament that ended Saturday, Feb. 2, in Key West.
Gleason earned the title of divisional grand champion fishing with Captain Justin Rea of Key West, while Rea was named the division’s grand champion guide.
Gleason also scored the most releases in the tournament.
Nathaniel Clark Linville of Key West won the Cuda Bowl’s fly division, releasing five barracuda that totaled 184.75 inches. He was guided by Captain Aaron Snell, also of Key West.
Linville and Snell took the division’s grand champion angler and guide titles, respectively. In addition, Linville caught the single largest barracuda on fly tackle, a fish measuring 42 inches.
Runner-up in the spin division was Robert Monroe of McCall, Idaho, fishing with Captain Bo Sellers of Summerland Key, Fla. The duo scored 10 barracuda that measured a total of 223 inches.
Jim Knowles of Round Hill, Va., took the runner-up title in the fly division, releasing four barracuda that totaled 163.5 inches. His guide was Captain Peter Heydon of Key West.
The tournament’s largest barracuda on spin tackle, at 46.5 inches, was caught by Tom del Bosque of Plantation, Fla., fishing with Captain Mike Pollack of Key West.
The flats challenge drew 36 anglers fishing on 23 boats.