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Old 03-08-2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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does anyone catch jack crevalle in the surf up here? if so what do y'all use?
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:36 PM   #2
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I would venture to say rarely would a jack crevalle be caught from the surf. They will start migrating in huge schools from east to west in a few weeks but they are usually not too hungry. In may, june they will get in our bays and will eat anything you toss at them. There will be some summer schools that will come to the gulf piers and they will also eat about anything you can throw at them.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #3
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It would be hard to convince me that Jacks are not hungry when I'm standing on the gulf beach ankle deep in alewives being chased out of the water by one of those schools.
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I've seen them while Cobia fishing. Thrown cobia jigs, they'll chase with abandon, but always turn away up close.

They don't like eels apparently. I've tried live eels too.

Same thing when trying with big schools in marinas in Key West. They chase like mad, but don't hit a lure.

I'm obviously doing something wrong.


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When you get Jacks interested, try to take it away from them.
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It may have to do with water temperature but I have witnessed this for 40 years and it is always the same. The jacks that travel in big schools from east to west during late March and early April are just not hungry. Occasionally you can get one to eat a cobia jig etc... but you are lucky if only one or two eats out of a school of 1000! During the summer months the jacks will eat a cigarette butt if it falls overboard!
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this is just hearsay cause I've never caught one, but from what I understand about them they are angry little bastards that will attack anything in their area. Maybe that's why they don't seem to want to "eat" maybe they're just being aggressive. I'm looking forward to trying to catch a few this year, heard they fight like hell!
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I have caught small ones in the surf before, both on a pomp rig and a pomp jig, nothing large the biggest one was about a foot long, but where there are small ones there are large ones, or so i hear... lol
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Try throwing big topwater lures in front of the school. I cruise down the beach in my boat and when I locate a school, I throw big topwaters at them. They will chase with reckless abandon. Most are within casting distance from someone wading in the surf.
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big lagoon, may of 2010.It was really nasty on the gulf side (Johnson Beach) so I decided to go cast a top water into the Lagoon, I have only caught two of these in 7 years,but when you do get one on the end of a 13' rod it's hard to to forget about the work out they can put you through
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