SoCal Barracudas!!

Mar 15, 2017
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Looks like the barracudas are showing up in numbers from 22nd street to some shortys in dana point! fathers day weekend is this weekend, I'm sure a party boat is many peoples go to. What are people using? Lets get the low down on this wave. What color irons, what bait, what kind of leaders, all the fun stuff! Discuss
 
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pescadito

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standard irons are tady c or salas j-pot in black and white, blue and white, mint and white, or any baitfish color combo. my go to recently has been all mint.
they'll eat the full sized jigs as well as the smaller 1 oz krocodiles as well. They'll eat the coltsnipers, but why burn the cash on those and ruin the paint job on them? the other jigs will work just fine. throw the jigs on min 30 pound, and 40 is ideal so you can get your fish in quick before the dogs get wind of a struggling fish on the line. 9 foot jig stick that's rated 20-50 works just fine for me, and last weekend I used the tranx 4oo for the first time and really enjoyed the reel.

bait- 25 pound test floro will work just fine and straight wind after you hook up to minimize the bite offs. hook size depends on the size of the bait, whether it be anchovies or dines. anywhere between 2-2/0 is ideal for cudas. do not use wire leaders. you won't get bit off, but you also wont get bit nearly as often either. save the designer hooks at home. use the cheaper mustads that work just fine but cost way less. If you get bit off by a cuda, it hurts way less in the pocket book than losing owners or gamakatsu.
 
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r8rs4lf

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I've been catching cudas locally here in the horseshoe.

UC CE900 Monster with a Tranx 500HG/80# Maxcuatro to a short 50# mono leader.

They have been hitting the Tady C single hook in mint/white. Honestly, I don't think it matters as long as it swims good.
 
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cortezpirasea

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Cudas bite just about anything. Krocodiles work great.
 
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Yella1

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They have been hitting the Tady C single hook in mint/white. Honestly, I don't think it matters as long as it swims good.

Agreed. Those Cudas are biting like crazy all the way down to the Coronado islands, just south of San Diego. I was just there yesterday and those logs were everywhere.

IMO, just stick to big jigs that swim right. Let them chomp on metal instead of risk them biting through your line. It still might happen even with a big iron, but not nearly as often. Plus, one guy had his iron tied on with 2 feet of wire leader. He caught more fish with that rig than anyone else on the boat (Yellowtail and Cuda). That jig is moving so fast, the fish don't notice the wire, apparently.

Color doesn't matter. Just make sure it swims well. :jig: They were biting on mint, blue/white, scrambled egg, and jigs with no paint left on them at all.

If you really want to use live bait, I would use a circle hook. More chance to get them in the jaw. As others have said, you'll still get bit off pretty often.
 
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I agree that a good swimmer is best. if they are biting full speed, definitely switch to a larger jig. I've had cudas fully choke down a tady c and have to surgically remove it. that's the sign to bump up to a larger profile jig. they'll eat a 45 or 7x no problem. also might want to consider a tady c or 7x jr with the single fixed hook as a good option so you don't have to touch the snot sticks. I love fishing cudas, but HATE touching them.
 
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Azarkon

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Do cudas like warm water or cold water? Seems ever since last year the count have been up, haven't seen them this wide open in years.
 
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Just wondering..
How many of you guys even take them home or clean them on the boat?
I know a lot of guys that like killing them but never eat them
 
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Grilled snot logs are the bomb! They don't freeze for shit so you have to cook them quickly. Btw, I'd be in favor of a five fish limit as well. Too many people load a sack and throw them in the trash afterwards. I seen't it.
Seen, no need for ‘t
 
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ivane068

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Just wondering..
How many of you guys even take them home or clean them on the boat?
I know a lot of guys that like killing them but never eat them

Cuda recipe i got from my buddy:

set oven at 350 degrees, slice cudas into 2" filets, season with salt and pepper, place them on a wood plank, bake for 45 minutes, remove from oven,throw the fish in the trash and eat the wood plank...
 
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Prepared correctly there’s nothing wrong with Barrie’s,first they should be bled and thrown on ice,hard to keep fresh on a party boat,anyway when you get them home,fillet and cut out the red meat(blood line).
Then cut into strips or small chunks,bread with corn meal,then deep fry,they taste great no fishy taste at all!
 
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Kman

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Prepared correctly there’s nothing wrong with Barrie’s,first they should be bled and thrown on ice,hard to keep fresh on a party boat,anyway when you get them home,fillet and cut out the red meat(blood line).
Then cut into strips or small chunks,bread with corn meal,then deep fry,they taste great no fishy taste at all!

They can be made to taste good (great smoked!), but God, I just hate dealing with all that snot. They are C&R for me. I never even bring em on the boat. Just grab em with the Boga, unhook, and let them go to slime someone else.
 
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Seen, no need for ‘t
Incorrect.

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monster1

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They can be made to taste good (great smoked even), but God, I just hate dealing with all that snot. They are c&r for me.

We caught several last weekend while trolling xraps for yellowtail. All but one was short. The legal one came unbuttoned right at the boat. A great sense of relief came over me knowing I wouldn't be getting snot all over everything. Lol
 
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Looks like the barracudas are showing up in numbers from 22nd street to some shortys in dana point! fathers day weekend is this weekend, I'm sure a party boat is many peoples go to. What are people using? Lets get the low down on this wave. What color irons, what bait, what kind of leaders, all the fun stuff! Discuss

The best iron for 'cuda? One with a hook...
 
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c-goat

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Just wondering..
How many of you guys even take them home or clean them on the boat?
I know a lot of guys that like killing them but never eat them
What do you mean mean by kill them but not eat them.I hope they kill them and give them to those who like to eat
Prepared correctly there’s nothing wrong with Barrie’s,first they should be bled and thrown on ice,hard to keep fresh on a party boat,anyway when you get them home,fillet and cut out the red meat(blood line).
Then cut into strips or small chunks,bread with corn meal,then deep fry,they taste great no fishy taste at all!
I had KFB for breakfast this morning and I will have cold KFB for lunch tomorrow.I call it KFB beacause the way I cook it it comes out tasting like chicken,kentucky fried chicken to be exact.I fished the nados yesterday specifically with the intention of catching cudas.I brought home 4 along with a couple YT and and a couple bonita.Bonita is another fish people like to toss back.Bleed it,ice it,smoke it.Mix with cream cheese...makes a simple yet super super tasty spread.
 
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Matthew Colton
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The best iron for 'cuda? One with a hook...
Anything that swims right now. Typically cudas are known to be appreciative of the shiny colors, and flashy colors. Many have luck on chromes, blues, mints, it’s really a game of bring your wife and have her pick the pretty ones. Those will work right now. I picked up a mint and chrome holographic Tady 45, and an all chrome Tady 45 that I’m excited to give a shot tomorrow morning.
 
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