9
Aug

Pammie

ANGLER: Larry Spradlin

TAG ID: GFR9164
SPECIES TAGGED: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
IF OTHER:
SEX:
DATE: 07/28/2016

LOCATION:  Waters offshore of Islamorada, Florida Keys, USA.

RESEARCH CENTER: N/A
BOAT NAME: Bad Habit
CAPTAIN NAME: Duane Dozer
MATE 1 NAME: Tommy King
MATE 2 NAME:

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5
Aug

Buddy

ANGLER: Victoria Kealy

TAG ID: GFR6341
SPECIES TAGGED: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
IF OTHER:
SEX:
DATE: 08/05/2016

LOCATION:  Waters offshore of Key West, Florida Keys, USA.

RESEARCH CENTER: N/A
BOAT NAME: Reel Time
CAPTAIN NAME: Kyle
MATE 1 NAME: Larry
MATE 2 NAME:

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12
May

Gray Fish Tag Recapture!! GFR1251 Barracuda, Named Barry

The Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) named “Barry” (Tag ID: GFR1251) was originally tagged & released by angler Steve Shaddock on October 29th, 2015 while fishing with Captain Bouncer Smith and mate Abie Raymond aboard the charter boat Bouncer’s Dusky 33, out of Miami Beach, Florida.  The Barracuda was estimated to be 40 inches (101.6 cm) total length and had an approximate weight of 12 pounds.

The Barracuda was recaptured 108 days later on February 13th, 2016 by Omar Hernandez while fishing with his family aboard their boat out of West Palm Beach, Florida.  The recapture was near the Blue Heron Inlet, which is a popular fishing and diving location in the waters off West Palm Beach.  The recapture location was approximately 74.7 miles (120 km) away from the original tag location.  During that 108-day time period, the Barracuda most likely stayed at a consistent water depth, around the reef areas, as it traveled north.  That area is ideal habitat with its near shore abundance of coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves as well as home to numerous small fish, which is the primary food source for the Barracuda.  At the time of recapture, the Barracuda had a measured length of 42 inches and weight of 14 pounds.

Great Barracuda’s exhibit a brownish to blue/gray on their dorsal side, with silvery sides and a white bottom side.  The black spots found on the lower sides of the Greater Barracuda is what distinguishes it from other barracuda species.  The Greater Barracuda inhabits both nearshore and offshore waters near the surface.  They are often found in waters associated with coral reefs, seagrasses, and mangroves and tend to move offshore as they grow larger in size.

The Gray FishTag Research program has been able to shatter the expectations for fish recapture rates thanks to the hard-working professional fishermen on the water day in and day out.  Tags are provided free-of-charge to the collaborating professional fishermen, and the tag data is available to the public at www.GrayFishTagResearch.org

Bouncer’s Dusky 33 charter boat crew will receive Gray FishTag gear for their tagging efforts.  The tag recovery angler, Omar Hernandez, will receive a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses, a Tag & Recovery Certificate, and Gray FishTag gear for reporting the tag recovery.


The tagging and research efforts is made possible by our research centers and sponsors AFTCO, AA Video, American Fishing Wire, FECOP, Mold Craft, Costa Del Mar, CR Primo Fishing Tackle, Shadow Graphics, AquaWorld, Crocodile Bay Resort, Grande Alaska Lodge, Los Sueños Resort & Marina, Marina Pez Vela, The Pisces Group and The Zancudo Lodge.

For more information, please contact the Gray FishTag Research in-house fisheries scientist Travis Moore at travis@GrayFishTag.org or 954-675-3896

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22
Dec

Ali

ANGLER: Ronald Kohler

TAG ID: GFR6054
SPECIES TAGGED: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
IF OTHER:

LOCATION:  Offshore of Key West, Florida, USA.

DATE: 12/12/2015

RESEARCH CENTER: N/A
BOAT NAME: Second Nature
CAPTAIN NAME: Daniel Zier
MATE 1 NAME: Garrett Frey
MATE 2 NAME:

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21
Dec

Cap’n Dan

ANGLER: Daniel Kohler

TAG ID: GFR6489
SPECIES TAGGED: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
IF OTHER:

LOCATION:  Offshore of Key West, Florida, USA.

DATE: 12/12/2015

RESEARCH CENTER: N/A
BOAT NAME: Second Nature
CAPTAIN NAME: Daniel Zier
MATE 1 NAME: Garrett Frey
MATE 2 NAME:

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20
Nov

Luke

ANGLER: Michelle Boock

TAG ID: GFR8147
SPECIES TAGGED: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
IF OTHER:

LOCATION:  Offshore of Key West, Florida, USA.

DATE: 11/14/2015

RESEARCH CENTER: N/A
BOAT NAME: Fish Check
CAPTAIN NAME: Jeff LaPiecce
MATE 1 NAME: Corey Camp
MATE 2 NAME:

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30
Oct

Barry

ANGLER: Steve Shaddock

TAG ID: GFR1251
SPECIES TAGGED: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
IF OTHER:

LOCATION:  Offshore of Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

DATE: 10/29/2015

RESEARCH CENTER: N/A
BOAT NAME: Bouncer’s Dusky 33 Bouncer's Dusky 33
CAPTAIN NAME: Bouncer Smith
MATE 1 NAME: Abie Raymond
MATE 2 NAME:

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12
Oct
Barracuda Gray FishTag Research

nancy

ANGLER: Greg Russell

TAG ID: GFR5649
SPECIES TAGGED: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
IF OTHER:

LOCATION:  Offshore of Cancun, Mexico.
DATE: 10/11/2015

RESEARCH CENTER: N/A
BOAT NAME: Big bite
CAPTAIN NAME: Miguel Sanchez
MATE 1 NAME: Jesus Hernandez
MATE 2 NAME:

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8
Sep

Ed

ANGLER: Anton Greaton

TAG ID: GFR1252
SPECIES TAGGED: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
IF OTHER:

LOCATION:  Offshore of Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
DATE: 09/06/2015

RESEARCH CENTER: N/A
BOAT NAME: Bouncer’s Dusky 33 Bouncer's Dusky 33
CAPTAIN NAME: Bouncer Smith
MATE 1 NAME: Josh Velasquez
MATE 2 NAME: Brandon Kohn

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12
Aug

Con-Con

ANGLER: Chris Matarazze

TAG ID: GFR4803
SPECIES TAGGED: Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
IF OTHER:

LOCATION:  Coastal waters off North Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
DATE: 06/04/2015

RESEARCH CENTER: N/A
BOAT NAME: Therapy IV
CAPTAIN NAME: Stan
MATE 1 NAME: Chris
MATE 2 NAME:

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