Giant Cuda – Record Barracuda Caught in Africa
On February 14, 2013, Thomas Gibson, a Texas native, was fishing for tarpon in Barra du Kwanza, in the African nation of Angola, when he hooked up to mysterious fish.
Given the fish’s enormity, Gibson initially suspected he had hooked a massive tarpon, but when the fight only lasted ten minutes and the fish came to the boat fairly easily, he realized it was an enormous barracuda.
With only a lip gaff aboard, the fish was carefully landed, with Gibson taking care not to let his hand get too close to the barracuda’s razor-sharp teeth.
Back at the scales, the fish weighed in at 46.40 kg (102 lb 4 oz), heavy enough to potentially earn Gibson the All-Tackle record as well as the men’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record.
The fish is known specifically as a Guinean barracuda (Sphyraena afra). It hit a trolled Rapala plug.
Record Barracuda Caught in Africa