Caranx Hippos

Carangidae

Perciformes

River, Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Flats Backcountry, Wreck

15 - 60 pounds

15" - 49"

Crevalle Jack 

Also Known As: Horse Crevalle, Jack  

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Crevalle Jack Fish Description

The Crevalle Jack (Caranx Hippos) is a large fish that is part of the Jack family. The colorations can vary from brassy green to blue on the back, golden scales on the sides, and a white belly and bright yellow/gold on the tail and fins. It is an extremely popular game fish for anglers as well as important for the commercial fishing industry.

Fish Habitat and Distribution

The Jack Crevalle inhabits both inshore and offshore water.

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In the shallow water, they prefer seagrass beds, flats, sand-bottomed bays, or shallow-water reef. The larger adults prefer deeper water compared to the juveniles. They can also inhabit brackish waters and freshwater tributaries, although these are rare occurrences. While they do not often leave the continental shelf, they will inhabit waters as deep as 1100 feet. They also inhabit man-made structures like oil rigs as well as floating vegetation mats. They use these structures to hunt prey.

Crevalle Jack are found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Florida (especially the Keys), Gulf of Mexico, and Texas are hotbeds for these fish.
The broader range includes the eastern coastal waters of the U.S. and the eastern South American coast as far south as Argentina, not to forget the Caribbean Sea and the eastern coast of Central America.

Crevalle Jack Size

The Crevalle Jack can reach up to 4 feet and 60 pounds, but the average size range for this Jack species is 12-24 inches in length and 3-5 pounds in weight with females being larger than males.
The current world record was caught off the coast of Angola in Africa and weighed in at 66 pounds.

Crevalle Jack Fun Facts

The Crevalle Jack is a powerful fish and should be handled with care. They reach maturity at 5 to 6 years of age and can live up to 17 years or more.

Anglers chasing Jack Crevalle sometimes report the smell of something similar to watermelon when approaching schools when they are feeding.

The dorsal fin is split into two, the first consisting of eight spines and the second consisting of one spine fo