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Jack Crevelle and Amber Jack are Two Favorites near Orlando Florida
Tuesday April 24, 2018
Summers are made for fishing in Florida and Jacks are abundant and ready for anglers to brawl with. Jack Crevelle can often weigh in at over 20 pounds and sometimes even into the 30 pound range while the deeper marauding Amber Jack can tilt the scales over 100 pounds but most often average 30 to 40 pounds out of Port Canaveral just minutes east of Orlando.
When an angler gets a jack to hit they often wonder if the fish is too big for them to handle. A grown man can have his hands full and a younger man often give up when a large one comes to visit the business end of their rod and reel. Jacks are noted for being one of the hardest fighting fish in the world and while many anglers think of them as junk fish, they're really one of the most enjoyable and fun sports fish in the ocean. Everyone remembers their first jack and the fight they had bringing it in and landing it.
Orlando has plenty of Jack fishing action whether it be the shallower water Jack Crevelle or the deeper running Amber Jack. Summer is a fine time to seek out jacks and they are often targeted by sightfishing for them too.
Every time I take anglers and customers thru the Canaveral Locks we see hundreds of jack crevelle pounding baitfish or swimming in daisy chains around the pilings and fenders. If allowed and laws were different, I could spend a whole day fishing in the restricted waterway that controls the flow of water between the ocean and the Banana River Lagoon. Jacks are an abundant fish in the Orlando area and can consistently be caught on many outings.
"Dad took us fishing for king mackerel off the beaches and we caught several nice Kingfish and spent most of the day pulling in big jacks till my arms fell off near Orlando." explains Mekenzie a young angler
Orlando has some unbelievable Jack Crevelle and AmberJack fishing during the summer months off Port Canaveral and it's adjoining Lagoons. As a young man, I got hooked on fishing with small jacks in the Banana River Lagoon and now as I've aged I enjoy watching my customers become addicted when they have their first Jack encounter in the ocean or in the shallow waterways east of Orlando.
The photograph on this page is of my wife Gina and my two daughter Savannah and Mekenzie. Each of these three had landed at least one of these large jacks this day and refused to wrestle with another one after a couple of hookups. "My arms can't handle another jack dad, I'm pooped," replied Savannah. Mekenzie (our youngest) was eager but quickly learned that the Jack is a serious fish and these sized jacks were tough on a nine year old girl.
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Jack Crevalle are a beautiful color of bluish-green to greenish-gold on their backs and have silvery or yellowish bellies. The Jack's soft dorsal and anal fins are almost identical in size and they have a prominent black spot on the gill cover. They also have a black spot at the base of each pectoral fins and no scales on the throat.
Jacks are common in both INSHORE waters and the open sea. They seem to show up anywhere and everywhere but more often where there's plenty of food or baitfish around. Look for schools of jacks turning the water yellow or finning as they circle near the surface of the water. Jacks will travel into fresh or brackish water and are often seen in springs that lead into the ocean.
One of the memorable catches for a saltwater angler is their first Jack. The crevalle tend to stay inshore or near offshore and can be caught in both salt and freshwater rivers around florida and other southern states. Jacks are often seen under diving birds making a commotion on the water surface while feeding on bait. Jacks tolerate a wide range of salinities; schools corner a school of baitfish at the surface and feed with commotion that can be seen at great distances; feeds mainly on small fish; peak spawning occurs OFFSHORE from March through September.
No limit or size regulation.
Jack Fishing in Orlando
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: February 08 2017 00:05:05.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
April - 2018 Fishing Report
April - 2018 Fishing Forecast
April of 2018 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.
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