Crevalle jack

Crevalle Jack is known by several names, including Couvalli Jack, Common Jack, Black-tailed trevally, etc. It belongs to Carangidae, which is home to large marine fish species.

The weight of this fish can go up to 20 pounds but is typically available between 3 and 5 pounds.

Instead of fishing for commercial purposes, Crevalle Jack is widely popular as sport fish.


Crevalle Jack comes in different color variations, with its back ranging from greenish-gold to bluish-green. It has a yellowish or silver belly with a black spot gill cover.

Additionally, the base of the pectoral fins has a black spot. Its anal and second dorsal fin has identical size.

The front head of the Crevalle Jack is steep, and its body is deep. Apart from the throat, it has scales all over its body.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Crevalle Jack is found both in open waters and inshore. It can go as deep as 350m, mostly over lagoons, bays, and reefs.

Most adults that live offshore don’t move from continental shelf waters and can penetrate deeper.

This fish is a resident of the Atlantic Ocean, from Eastern Atlantic to Western Atlantic, covering the Mediterranean Sea as well.

Juveniles are dispersed to the North by Eastern Atlantic currents and return to tropical water before winter.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Crevalle Jack lives in both inshore and offshore waters. It?s found in brackish water, coastal marine, and tropical waters.

Adults prefer to stay alone, and you will find them mainly on the edges of the outer shelf, deep reef, etc.

Juveniles live offshore near the continental shelf and around natural debris or oil platforms.

Peak Season

There might be differences in geographic location, but the peak season would be from March to October. It?s most active in the mornings and evenings.

Best Bait

The best bait to catch Crevalle Jack are as follows:

  • Mullets
  • Prawns
  • Crabs
  • Shrimps