Friday, October 14, 2011

Big Jack Crevalle From The Pass

Pound for pound, there's no stronger fish in the ocean than the crevalle.  Mike Peplinski from Atlanta and Matlacha landed this beautifully colored fish a mile north of the island on a topwater Spook.  Even though this was only a five pounder it still took several minutes to land on 20# Power Pro.  Nothing can put a hurting on light tackle like the jacks and fall is one of the best times of year to find them around these parts. 

An even better place to chase these fish is down in the Lower Key, especially in the winter.  From January to March you can find even bigger jacks hanging on the backs of almost every stingray on the Gulf flats.  I'm planning on taking my new skiff down there after Christmas just to fly fish for them with poppers for a few days.  If you've never hooked a big jack on a fly rod, find a way to do it soon.