Thursday November 26, 2015


Crevalle Jack, Jack Fish

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.

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The hard fighting Jack Crevalle fish's reputation preceeds itself as one of the most contentous bullies in the waters. Jack's, as most anglers call them, are almost always ready for a brawl and when you present them with jigs, bait or lures they'll often crash the party by breaking tackle and/or fishing lines in an instant. Captain Richard's childhood experience with a Jack Crevalle was a defining point in his angling life. "When I was only seven years old my father took me fishing in the Banana River Lagoon and I hooked up on a Jack near the Port Canaveral locks. It took me at least 10 minutes to reel it up to the boat without dad's assistance and you couldn't wipe the smile off my face for the rest of the day. I've never forgot that scappy little jack that pulled me around the turning basin and caused me to spend the rest of my life in pursuit of another fish fight."

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Fishing Reports

November - 2015 Fishing Report

The Banana River has had some spectacular days during October of 2015 and heading into November we are already plucking some nice sized trout in the shallow waters off Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island. Look for redfish and sea trout to improve as the temperatures continue to cool and the deeper dropoffs to provide plenty of action. Most of the fish during this month have been caught on rocky out-croppings or shallow water estuaries along the edges of islands and shorelines. Basically if you find good amounts of bait, you will find the fish

Fishing Forecast

November - 2015 Fishing Forecast

Thanksgiving in Central Florida and on the Banana River Lagoon can be a great time of the year for almost all types of inshore species native to our area. Redfish, black drum and sea trout will really kick in as the month matures and will only get better as the winter deepens. Look for this fall month to produce good numbers of redfish and some spotted sea trout. If it's a very cool month, it should be better and warmer will still produce well. The nice thing about November too is that there is less fishing pressure and boaters on the lagoon. This will help with the gathering of fish in the busier parts of the lagoon and it's also a good time to have some seclusion.

Florida Saltwater Gamefish

Redfish, Red Drum, Puppy Drum, Channel Bass

Common Snook, Swordspine Snook, Black Snook, Fat Snook, Robalo

Cobia, Ling, Crab Eater, Lemon Fish

Black Drum, Drum Fish, Drum

Spotted Seatrout, Sea Trout, Speckled Trout, Gator Trout

Tarpon, Sabalo, Silver King

Lady Fish, Poor Man's Tarpon

Blue Fish, Bluefish

Crevalle Jack, Jack Fish

Dolphin, Mahi Mahi, Dorado

King Mackerel, King Fish, Kingfish, Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Tripletail, Triple Tail, Bouy Bass

Cubera Snapper, Snapper

Mangrove Snapper

Amber Jack

Gag Grouper, Grey Grouper

Red Snapper, American Red Snapper

Sailfish, Sail Fish

Goliath Grouper or Jewfish