Powerhouses of the sea, jack crevalle (or crevalle jack) are a highly underrated fish species in the spectrum of game fish. Fighting a jack is an adrenaline-worthy thrill for anglers of all skill levels. Many people consider it a â€śtrash fishâ€ť because itâ€™s not good table fare and anglers generally donâ€™t target jack crevalle intentionally.
However, most true sportsmen welcome an opportunity to put their skills to the test which is exactly what youâ€™ll find when you encounter a jack crevalle, the hardest fighting fish for its size. Here are eight jack crevalleÂ fishing tips that will increase your chances of a successful hook-up.
Jack crevalle fish are aggressive feeders and their presence is often identified by an area of water that appears to be â€śboiling.â€ť This is caused by small schools of hungry jack devouring baitfish near the surface. Cast anything with a hook into the middle of the action and youâ€™re sure to hook a rod-bender.
While live bait is probably the more obvious of jack crevalle fishing tips, itâ€™s true that they just canâ€™t resist the appeal of a lively baitfish.
Anything thatâ€™s noisy or disrupts the water will get the attention of a voracious jack crevalle.
Jack crevalle fishing techniques are far from complicated. No need to slow-twitch or soak a bait. Jack are drawn to fast-moving targets, so whether you are using spinning gear or fly gear, retrieve quickly with hard, fast jerks.
Major inlets, offshore wrecks and reefs, deep bays and canals are all prime areas where jacks can be found. A great jack crevalle fishing technique includes casting near seawalls where jack often corral mullet or other prey against the wall.
Be sure you have at least 200 yards of line spooled up and use 20 lb. to 40 lb. monofilament leader, depending on the size of the fish.
Jack crevalle will often compete against each other for baits and may not get hooked at their first attempt to blast the bait. Keep reeling until you feel a solid hook-up and the jack making a run.
Jack crevalle are just as powerful out of the water and should be handled with care. Avoid the sharp spines along their dorsal and donâ€™t grab them by the lip as their jaws are very strong. Revive in the water before releasing.