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Jack Crevelle and Amber Jack are Two Favorites near Orlando Florida

Sunday June 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 Charter Fishing CaptainHello Anglers,
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.
When visiting Orlando next time... Look us up for a fishing trip. We provide the best professional Orlando fishing guide service for you and or your family while visiting Orlando and catching Jacks and other inshore and offshore fish species.
Tight Lines,
Captain Richard Bradley
Lagooner Fishing Guide

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.


Cocoa Beach Jack Crevalle
Orlando Jack Fishing


No limit or size regulation.

State Record

51 lbs.

Jack Fishing in Orlando

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: February 08 2017 00:05:05.

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June - 2018 Fishing Forecast

June of 2018 is looking to be a hot summer with hot fishing off of East Central Florida near Cocoa Beach. Orlando visitors should anticipate the warm weather and great fishing that coastal and offshore fishing provides in the warm Atlantic Ocean this time of year. Last year in 2017 we saw many tarpon exceeding 100 pounds caught off the Brevard County beaches along with a good amount of sharks, king mackerel and really big Jack Crevelle that kept things interesting. Looking forward to this year's forecast on the Space Coast remember that the coastal waters along the Atlantic seaboard and Ocean will probably be the most productive fishing during the month of June and as we look in to August the ocean will look to be the most inviting destination for anglers in the heat of the Central Florida Summer.

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