The Jack Crevalle often referred to as the ‘Common Jack’, is a large marine fish in the Jack family. Found across the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, it inhabits both inshore and offshore water, predominantly over reefs, bays, lagoons and estuaries. They’re one of the toughest coastal saltwater game fish; they’re aggressive, school up in large numbers, and grow big. They average around 15lb in weight but can grow to over 50lb, and the IGFA record is a monster of 66lb landed from Angola in West Africa.
They’re powerful and predatory, eating a range of baitfish and invertebrates such as prawns, shrimps, crabs and molluscs. They’re not shy and very willing to take an anglers bait; they’re required to eat a lot, and often, research has discovered that they digest their food so fast that it’s unrecognizable in less than five hours. This means they’re a very ‘catchable fish’ and can be targeted on all manner or different tactics, fly fishing for Jack Crevalle is very popular, but so is fishing with lures, poppers and bait. They’re a superb light tackle species.
Jacks are related to Giant Trevally and fight like them too. Both fish are a part of the Carangidae family, making them a bit more than just a distant relative. One of the toughest pound for pound fighters there is; they pull hard and don’t give up. The fight is unspectacular but mighty; the fish use their flat sides to good advantage when waging a tug-o-war. Many anglers are often surprised when they see how small a fish put up such a hard fight.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Jack Crevalle Fishing.
Bluewater Fishing Panama offers travelling anglers the chance to enjoy a fantastic week of mixed fishing for an array of hard-fighting species. Fishing the rich waters of the Gulf of Chiriquí, an area responsible for over 50 IGFA World Records, you'll wet a line in some of the most famous fishing marks on the planet.
The Maldives Liveaboard trip allows travelling rods to experience some of the most exciting and explosive bluewater fishing in the world, casting poppers and jigs to some of the most remote areas of the Laamu Atoll. Situated in the rich waters of the Indian Ocean, it's home to over 1,100 fish species, from small reef dwellers to giant pelagics.
The Maldives is one of the top five names that appear on anglers' bucket lists worldwide. Home to over 1,100 fish species, from small reef dwellers to giant pelagics, it offers travelling rods the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest bluewater popper and jig fishing found anywhere on the planet.
Silver King Tarpon fishing in Brazil, is the first fly-only Tarpon fishing operation in South America and is a unique experience created for travelling rods looking to sample some world-class fly fishing sport. It offers anglers unprecedented numbers of fish and those with excellent average sizes.
Cayo Paredón is the hottest, newest destination in the portfolio of our partners Fly Fishing the Run. Located in the province of Camaguey, the easternmost, most significant and flattest region in the centre of Cuba, it's a saltwater fly fishing paradise, home to all the 'Grand Slam' species.
The Zancudo Lodge, where over 70 IGFA records have been set, is world-renowned for its lure and fly fishing inshore and offshore and its finest service. You will receive access to all the required fishing tackle from ultra-light to heavy fly fishing tackle with all poppers, lures, jigs and small flies will also be included.
This fishing epicentre known as Blue Horizon Lodge is renowned for its vast array of expansive pancake flats that teem with marine life, and its fabled waters are some of the best places in the world to fish for tailing Permit in shallow water. For decades, Blue Horizon Lodge has been known as 'THE' destination for hardcore Permit anglers.
With popper and lure fishing fast becoming the biggest technique practised amongst the travelling angler so if you take any activity and push it to the wildest edge, you create magic. Sportfishing along the pristine coastline of Gabon is definitely one such activity. Your need to fish wild remote waters may well be what drives you.
At Kwanza Lodge the fishing is varied with the opportunity to one day, fish the freshwaters of the river Cuanza for super huge Tarpon and then the next to be some nautical miles offshore fishing for huge Marlin. The guides will make sure that all your requirements are catered for, so if you wish to troll all day or even popper fish then this will be tailored into your itinerary.
Our fully hosted holidays to Mexico have been running for many years and this is due to how incredible both offshore and inshore fishing is, for a huge variety of different species. Each year we help many anglers catch their target species and 9 times out of 10 these anglers will book year after year. Fully packaged for your convenience.
Palma de Cortez resort in Mexico is the ideal big game fishing destination. Not only is the resort located next to all the prime fishing grounds but all tackle is included too. On top of this, we now offer light tackle packages on all Panga boats for bait fishing which include all hooks, weights and leaders free for you to use.
Andaman Island fishing offers a huge variety of species and all are only a short boat ride from the mainland. Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays we have put together this remarkable fully guided fishing adventure. This exciting destination is located in the Bay of Bengal on some of the most stunning tropical islands the world has to offer.
The world-class resort in Costa Rica called Crocodile Bay has won so many awards on Trip Adviser that we class it as a must go for any big game angler. It is also the perfect destination to take your non-angling family, as the eco tours onsite are unbelievable and if you were to stay there for a whole month, you would never get through them.
This is a very exclusive trip based on only a few anglers plus a Sportquest Host. The holiday is ideal if you are looking at travelling on your own and would like to fish with like-minded anglers. If you have wanted to go big game fishing but struggled to find other friends to travel with then now is the perfect time to join us.
An angler’s paradise in the middle of stunning saltwater flats, the area is approximately 2600 square miles, a vast offshore wilderness where you will rarely see another angler, other than people in your own group. It has to be one of the best places in the world to fly fish for Permit Tarpon and Bonefish.
This is flat’s fishing far beyond your wildest dreams! The Isle of Youth lays 100km off the coast of mainland Cuba, nearly straight south of Havana. If Tarpon are a species on your saltwater fly fishing hit list then this is definitely the destination for you. There are good populations of both resident and monster migratory Tarpon.
With our Cuba partners, we now have access to the exclusive fishing rights on the designated Cayo Largo Natural Reserve, which encompasses some 140 square miles of saltwater flats and channels. This has to be one of the best places in the world to catch a grand slam and super grand slam all on the fly.
The Gardens of the King or Cayo Santa Maria is one of the most precious spots in Cuba and the Caribbean. Renowned as a Tarpon paradise, it's now viewed as one of the best destinations in the Caribbean for catching big Tarpon on the fly. As well as the big Tarpon, it's also home to all the traditional flats species like Bonefish, Permit and Snook.
Cayo Romano is the latest most exciting saltwater fishing locations to become available to ardent fly-anglers. Located on the North Coast of Cuba in the Jardines de Rey, it consists of a huge fishable area, which provides incredible opportunities for big Permit, alongside some really exciting Tarpon fishing on the flats.
Guinea Bissau is a lure and popper anglers paradise. The fishing grounds around the lodge are phenomenal and offer travelling anglers the chance to fish for all manner of different species, on a number of different methods. You will benefit from the expertise of the guides, they have superb knowledge of the species and fishing.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 88%
"Me and my partner had a fantastic time, we enjoyed some unbelievable fishing using a range of lures and poppers and caught some mega fish. Those Jack's don't half pull back! The lodge and all the staff were brilliant too."
"Hi Paul thanks for helping to organise this trip. we were very surprised how well we were looked after, the food at the camp was amazing and the fishing was a little slow at the start of the week but picked up towards the end. I managed to get my Cubera snapper. Thanks and speak soon"
"Flights were a pain and takes a long time to get there however we soon forgot about the journey once at the stunning camp. wow, what a location the guys there have done a great job. Now the fishing - I didn't realise how fast paced it would be and next time I will be more prepared and a visit to the gym is essential. Running up and down the beach chasing fish is hard work but I enjoyed every minute. Thanks for your hard work"