Originally Posted by nick k
If you get a warm sunny day you will be able to catch barracudas too. That was always my main target in the canals. They wait right by the shore, head slightly tilted up. They move so fast that you will feel the strike before you realize that they moved. If they strike on top water flies it sounds like a mini explosion. Wonderful fish to catch, just be prepared to lose flies.
I actually found a good unconventional way of fishing for them based on their aggression. Many times, they simply wouldn't be interested in my fly as it cruised past them. I slowly learned that they can sometimes respond very aggressively to noise. When they seemed lazy, I would rapidly tap the rod with my fingernail or bang it with my index finger knuckle while I stripped. This almost always elicited more strikes. I was even able to get strikes while using this noise method and leaving my fly lifeless in front of them. It's strange, I know, but if you are targeting cudas and not having much luck, give it a shot.
The canals are an awesome fishery! I've not caught cudas but have caught Tarpon, Jacks and Mangrove snappers . They seem to tolerate the fresh water well. On our last trip my son was casting to a Peacock and half way through the retrieve he hooked up with a huge ****! It took off so quick it popped his leader before he could get his line back on the reel but we did get to see 2 spectacular jumps with a fenced in yard in the background!
Where else can you catch saltwater gamefish freshwater gamefish and some exotics I didn't even mention like Clown Knifefish, Pacus,Monster Grassies,Oscars , Snakeheads and the list goes on . Oh and let's not forget Snook which seem to like the same holes as the Largemouths and Peacocks!