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Old 05-06-2020, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On another thread I started Wild Bill asked a question about fishing for Jack Crevalle with a flyrod. I thought the subject deserved its own thread.
My experience with jacks is limited as I have only caught around a 1/2 dozen while fly fishing and most of those were on the weekend I made this post

http://forums.bullnettlenews.com/22-...were-wild.html

Those were caught on this fly

which is an articulated bunny strip fly that I think is intended for steelhead or salmon. I got them in several colors at Bass Pro for like $5 a dozen.
That weekend jacks were blowing up schools of pogies just off the beach in Biloxi. The fly didn't matter as long as it hit the water in front of them. They were so intent on feeding that several hit the boat.
My first jack was caught on a large clouser. I was fishing with some else and we ran south of Ship Island to where there were some shrimp boats working.
On mine the deckhands were sorting the catch but not much appeared to be happening as the bycatch was not being thrown overboard. However as we approached on of the deckhands hollered "here ya go" and threw a shovel full of stuff over the side. I made a cast at the same time and as soon as it landed it was game on.
The only problem was the only flyrod I had at the time was a 9 weight and we were in 50 ft of water so landing that fish took a while.

In both of those situations hooking them is easy. On the beach you do need to shut your engine down as use your trolling motor or the wind and current to get in position.
From what I remember of fishing the shrimp boats in deeper water engine noise didn't seem to bother them.
The hardest situation seems to be the single fish or pair of fish cruising the clear water flats at the Islands. Those fish seem more skittish and reluctant to bite. I was discussing this with Charlie the other night. One thing I believe is a problem is that we strip the fly too slow. When a jack locks in on a mullet at the islands that mullet is flying. To come close to imitating that with a fly You probably need to tuck the rod under your arm and strip with both hands.

Bill I tied these flies below for an amberjack trip that never happened.
I have no doubt they would work on our jacks. They are 6-7" long and tied with EP and other synthetic fibers.

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I like those flys Bob. Thanks for posting
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10wt rod. Reel with 200 yards of backing. Big baitfish pattern. Strip it fast. Hold on.

Jacks are a blast on any tackle but on fly they are special!
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Old 05-12-2020, 04:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We spent all last summer targeting them on our 10 and 12 weights. We used huge billfish poppers my son made. They were tube flies so when we hooked up the fly would just slide out of the way. We caught a 100+ pound tarpon by chance using the same flies in the same locations we normally caught Jacks. We spent the most time looking for balls of blood and glass minnows where there were always eager jacks, sharks, and sometimes tarpon south of ship and the birds led us right to them. We broke a few rods trying to figure out the end game but have got quite accustomed to fighting, landing and releasing them.

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Very interesting....was that late in the summer Blackdot?
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Old 05-15-2020, 03:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Definitely need the bigger rods...
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