Barracouta local fish species facts and Limits. Barracouta is found in the southern waters of Australia including Victoria, Tasmania, Adelaide, Western Australia and NSW. They prefer cold climate conditions. They are considered a pest species in some areas where they are often caught as bycatch in plague proportions. They’re not regarded as a table fish due to a parasite commonly found in their flesh. They are easily identified in the water due to their long dorsal fins, sharp teeth and long silver elongated body. They can grow up to 5 kilos but most often caught between 1 and 2 kilo mark.

Size & Limits

No minimum legal size, but a daily limit of 20

Scientific name

Thyrsites atun

Bait recommendations for Barracouta

Barracouta will happily take a range of fresh baits including pilchard, squid and garfish.

Lure Recommendations for Barracouta

Barracouta will happily take a range of metal spoons and soft plastics such as minnow imitations, curl tails and paddle tails. These can be retrieved quickly or trolled from the back of a boat. Their sharp teeth make them a challenge to catch and they will often bust you off or shred your leader. In some cases, wire trace is required if you’re specifically targeting them.

General tips for Barracouta

Barracouta must be handled with the utmost care. Their teeth a razor sharp and can inflict damage if not handled with caution.

Rod/Rig setup

Medium strength spinning gear or if bait fishing a medium rod with a paternoster rig

Great locations to target them

Barracouta can be found scattered throughout the Bass straight, Port Phillip Bay and Western Port

Best times

You can target barracouta all year round

Recreational fishing guide

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities web link

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