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Jacks Characteristics

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Crevalle Jack

Exerpts from Vic Dunaway's popular fish identification book "Sport Fish of Florida."



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OTHER NAMES : Jack Crevalle, Crevally





RANGE: All Florida and the Greater Antilles; rare in the Bahamas and smaller Caribbean Islands.





HABITAT: 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.

DESCRIPTION : 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.




SIZE : 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 and Florida records 57 pounds.


There is more information on this and other sport fish in "Sport Fish of Florida." This handy book features 231 species, all illustrated in full color. Also included for each fish are detailed ranges, habitats, game quality, food quality and record sizes.


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