Jack crevalle, which we usually just call jacks, are one of the most powerful Key West fish species. They are a very strong fight, being one of the most powerful fish pound for pound. These jacks live in just about any environment, but are most common in our backcountry waters. Jacks like to be in channels, edges of flats, in between reefs, on top of wrecks, and even followers of bigger species like sharks and rays. Jack crevalle are one of the most common jacks that we catch. They eat just about anything you throw in front of them, and are super aggressive when they take your bait. They don’t really have much of an eating quality to them, so we either throw them back or use them for bigger game like sharks and goliath groupers. The average size jacks we get into are usually under 7 pounds, but we can see them throughout the year getting up to 20 pounds. Jack crevalle are a favorite among many anglers who come to Key West. They always put up a good fight.
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The barracuda is the most underestimated fish on the water. They are mean, powerful, and fun to catch. Barracuda fishing can be done in almost any environment in Key West. Cudas live on the flats, in many scenarios in the backcountry, and definitely out on the reefs and wrecks. Barracuda can get up to 30 pounds in Key West, but typically average from 5-15 pounds. Barracudas can be picky at times, but usually go after anything fast moving and shiny. A lot of times, barracuda will hover under the boat and wait for fish that you are reeling in. They will then try and bite that fish in half or take it from you hook. This can be good if you’re trying to catch one, but bad if you were planning on eating that fish. Barracudas feed on almost everything smaller than them that swims. Barracudas can be caught using artificial plugs on the flats or near reefs and wrecks, live baiting, or trolling near the reefs.