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Jack Crevalle, 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.
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
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.
FLORIDA RECORD : 51
Poor by most tastes. Most of the meat is dark red and of
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, bait casting 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 fly rod 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. Top water plugs are
good, as are fast-whipped jigs. Fly Fishermen often have
to work very hard, stripping their streamers or poppers
as fast as their elbows will move.
Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing; Trolling.