Crevalle Jack: Caranx hippos


  • Back bluish-green to greenish-gold, belly silver or yellowish
  • Prominent black spot on gill cover
  • Black spot at the base of each pectoral fin
  • Second dorsal fin and anal fin almost identical in size
  • No scales on throat
  • Body deep, front of head steep

Similar Species: Blue runner, C. crysos (lack black spot at base of pectoral fins); other jack species.

Size: Up to 20 pounds and common at 3 to 5 pounds 


Common both inshore and in open waters.


Tolerate a wide range of salinities. Schools corner a pod of baitfish at the surface. Feed mainly on small fishes. Peak spawning occurs offshore March through September.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 57 lb, caught near Jupiter

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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