For the large barracuda, an 11 or 12 weight rod set up with a balanced reel that has a strong and reliable drag system is most suitable. The same line rod and reel setup we use for giant trevally are ideal, negating the need for carrying an extra rod. The leader is constructed using eight feet of straight 100 lbs line attached to one foot of 80 lbs knottable wire. Either a bright or double uni-knot is ideal. This is a versatile system, and while not ideal for giant trevally, it will allow you to take a shot and play a GT if need be. Without using wire trace, the chances of landing a barracuda are slim, as their razor-sharp teeth have no problem cutting through 130 lbs mono.