Jack Crevalle are a very popular species for inshore anglers, although, they are commonly found offshore as well. These fish are extremely powerful and capable of making long runs, especially if you are using light tackle. Their average size ranges from 2 to 5 pounds, but in most areas fish up to 10 pounds are plentiful. Some people eat these fish, but most people would rate them as very poor-tasting.
Jack Crevalle can be found inshore and offshore. Most anglers target these fish inshore near docks, bridges, in bays, rivers and tidal creeks. Jacks prefer some type of structure or cover such as docks, seawalls and pilings.
How to Catch Jack Crevalle
You can catch them on almost all natural baits whether they are dead or alive, but the bigger fish like fresh, live bait. They can be found in coastal rivers, near major inlets and on deep reefs and wrecks offshore. Most of your bigger jack crevalle will come out of the deeper offshore reefs and wrecks, but there are plenty of big jack crevalle swimming in shallower water as well. When these fish are aggressive, you can easily catch them with jigs, spoons, swimbaits and topwater lures. Fishing for jack crevalle with topwater lures provides some of the most exciting strikes that you will find fishing inshore waters.
Eating Jack Crevalle
Jack Crevalle have a poor taste. They are known as a sport fish and most anglers release them immediately or use them for bait.
Jack Crevalle Fishing Basics
- How the Tides Affect Jack Crevalle
- Inshore Fishing for Jack Crevalle
- Offshore Fishing for Jack Crevalle
- Time of Day for Jack Crevalle Fishing
- Time of Year for Jack Crevalle Fishing
- Soft Plastics
- Casting Spoons
- Topwater Lures
- Carolina Rig
- Drop Shot Rig
- Floating Rig
- Florida Rig
- Free Lining Rig
- Split Shot Rig
- Most Small Bait Fish
- Cigar Minnows
- Cut Bait
- Glass Minnows
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