“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
I've fished the ocean alot (for a desert guy) and I didn't know Cuda was good table fare. Them first mate's got some splainin to do. If I ever see them again.
Before you eat Cuda, check out Ciguatera toxin.
That fish looks pretty skinny.
It is indeed very tasty. On the Cuguatera toxin, I thought this was more associated with reef-dwelling fish - an algal bloom-generated thingie? The barracuda I've had were from open water, fairly deep. Good fighter on the line, too.
Wife's a doc and once in the Caribbean came across a guy and his German shepherd who were both suffering from ciguatera poisoning. They both got better with treatment. The guy had caught a barracuda and given some to his dog and eaten some himself. Barracuda are pretty high risk fish for this poisoning, and it is much more associated with reef fish.
Yeah, but other "high risk" fish are amberjack, grouper and snapper and we all eat them. I say barracuda lives matter and I demand equal eatin'
Cuda that are small to medium and deep water are usually ok. The ones in the reefs that feed on the smaller fish that eat off the reefs can accumulate the toxins. Down in the islands alot of folks clean them then take a small piece and put it on a black ant pile, if they pass it by, so do the people. I have ate my fair share, best fried imho.
I ate it, didn't care for it. Same with shark, tasted like dung. Now grouper, that's MY fish, but even in FL it is very expensive. Likes me sum rainbow too.
"...tasted like dung."Of course that begs the question: How would you know?
Those nasty things are not allowed on my boat. Slimy stinking awful fish.