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.
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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