April 21, 2013
The Jack Crevalle, Caranx hippos
Deep, compressed body. Blunt head with black spot on rear edge of gill cover. Hard scutes forward of sickle-shaped tail. Color usually yellowish with white undersides.
Common at 1 pound or less to about 5 or 6 pounds. Plentiful up to 12 pounds in most areas. Sometimes tops 20 pounds and can reach 50 pounds or even more.World record 58 pounds, 6 ounces.
Poor by most tastes. Most of the meat is dark red and of strong flavor.
Few fish can out-pull a Crevalle of equal size. The fight is unspectacular but dogged, the usual pattern being a long first run. Jacks use their flat sides to good advantage when waging a tug-o-war.
TACKLE AND BAITS
Most Jacks are fairly small and are caught on the full range of light tackle by anglers seeking other game. If you target larger Jacks, say 10 pounds or more, sturdy spinning, baitcasting and fly tackle should be used, with lines no less than 8-pound test. Small Jacks, such as those frequently encountered on shallow flats, will gulp down almost any sort of natural bait, live or dead, as well as all the popular casting and flyrod lures. Big Crevalles, however, generally like their meals moving very fast. To assure hookups, you have to use fresh and frisky live fish, or retrieve your artificial lures rapidly, noisily, or both. Topwater plugs are good, as are fast-whipped jigs. Fly rodders often have to work very hard, stripping their streamers or poppers as fast as their elbows will move.
Casting; Trolling; Drifting; Still Fishing.
Crevalle Jack Crevally
All Florida and the Greater Antilles; rare in the Bahamas and smaller Caribbean Islands.
The Crevalle may show up at any time in virtually all Florida waters, from the deep reefs to well up coastal rivers. Usually runs in schools—and the smaller the individual fish, the larger the school. The biggest Jacks often cruise in pairs and are usually found in or near major inlets and around offshore wrecks and reefs of both coasts, but may come into deep bays and canals where they chase Mullet and often herd the prey against seawalls.The Palm Beaches and Key West are particularly well-known areas for trophy Crevalles.
St. Marks Jack Crevalle
Nice jack crevalle caught by FS forum member KayakMacGyver' friend in St.Marks.
Another picture posted by FS forum member lemaymiami with his son holding a nice size jack.
Nice size Jack caught by FS forum member Capt Mike Bartlett.
Jon Sterling Gourrier, 6, caught this fun jack at his home in Keystone Point, Miami.
Jack Crevalle in the Panhandle
Mike Dorman, 14 years old, from Lantana, Florida, caught this nice Jack Crevalle on a mirrolure in Destin off the South Jetty.
Shannon Rollins caught this jack crevalle near Sebastian, Florida.
Ft. Pierce Crevalle Jack
This crevalle jack was caught in Fort Pierce, Florida around dusk.
Melbourne Beach Jack Crevalle
Al caught this jack crevalle in the surf near Melbourne Beach, Fl. He caught it on a Pompano rig with clam.
Great catch with an even better sunset behind it, off Jupiter
Big Stuart Jack
Back in the St. Lucie River you can find bruiser jacks such as this one, even more of a blast on topwater.
Miami Beach Jack
Nice Sunset Jack caught off of Miami
Beach Jack Crevalle
New Yorker catches this jack crevalle while on the beaches of Miami.
Estero Bay Jack
FS Member dtobias posted this small but feisty jack crevalle from Estero Bay.
Pine Island Jack
Dustin Crane fished the grass flats in Pine Island and caught this jack, his first fish from a kayak.
Whitewater Bay Jack
Mike Bonner caught this jack in Whitewater Bay, near Flamingo.