(Caranx bartholo­maei)

Sport Fishing - - CONTENTS -

Tough, ag­gres­sive, beau­ti­ful and tasty — what more could an an­gler want in a light-tackle game fish? Yel­low jacks are com­mon or oc­ca­sional preda­tors over nearshore reefs of the trop­i­cal western At­lantic and Gulf of Mex­ico, and are found along east­ern At­lantic coasts as well. They sport bright-yel­low col­ors along their sides and can be a vivid blue along the dor­sal sur­face (some­times lead­ing to con­fu­sion with the smaller bar jack). Yel­low jacks gen­er­ally run from 2 or 3 pounds to 15 or more. The all-tackle IGFA record: 23 pounds, 12 ounces, from Duck Key, Florida, in 2013.

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