Gulf of Mexico Jacks.

Posted on May 12th, 2017

There’s lots of hard fighting fish in saltwater, but I have to tell you that if you hook a large Jack, you have your hands full. They bulldog fight and just don’t give up continuously ripping line out and using their wide, muscular body to often tire-out the angler!


I was recently targeting open-saltwater fish like Mackerel & Tuna and ran into a couple of good-size Jacks fishing light line. While Jacks usually feed around reefs and over wrecks, they can be hooked any time just fishing over featureless open water. David Shepherd above hold up his first Jack.


Jacks are often caught speed-jigging vertically, but they also love to feed on live baitfish fished anywhere from the surface to the bottom. Stout gear is need to land the larger fish and I usually use the Rapala RSC Speed Jigging Rods with either the Benthos or R-Type Heavy Duty reels loaded with heavy braided line.

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