Chasing Jacks at Hawks Cay Marina

June 29, 2023





Welcome to the exciting world of sport fishing at Hawks Cay! We're talking about jacks – the speed demons of the sea known for their endurance and thrilling fights. Whether you're an experienced angler or a beginner looking for a fun challenge, sport fishing for jacks is an adventure you won''t want to miss!

Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting Captain Tom Rowland from The Saltwater Experience and Marine Scientist Dr. Mike Larkin at our very own Hawks Cay Marina to record Episode #750 of the Tom Rowland Podcast, The Most UNDERRATED Gamefish - JACKS with Dr Mike Larkin. Together they shared valuable insights and tips for reeling in these incredible fish.

If you''re up for a challenge, jacks are the perfect adversaries. Known for their fiery temper and remarkable endurance, they're the go-to choice for game fishermen seeking an adrenaline rush in the Keys. In fact, the International Game Fish Association all-tackle record for the Giant Trevally, one of the 96 different species of jack fish, currently stands at a whopping 160 pounds!

One of the fantastic things about jacks is that they have diverse tastes when it comes to food. They're not picky eaters and will go for almost anything you present them with, which means you can use multiple types of lures to reel them in! Captain Tom Rowland suggests using a bucktail jig and for an extra guarantee of success, add a piece of shrimp to entice them. By skillfully pulsing your lure through the water at different depths, you'll increase your chances of hooking one of these speedsters!

While the thrill of the catch is undoubtedly exhilarating, it's important to prioritize the conservation of these incredible creatures. Dr. Mike Larkin advises anglers to adopt responsible fish-handling techniques to reduce the mortality rate. Consider snapping a quick picture of your prized catch while keeping it in the water and releasing it back into its natural habitat as soon as possible. By doing so, you'll contribute to the sustainability of game fishing and ensure future generations can enjoy the same incredible experiences.

If you're eager to learn more about jacks and get additional insights from Captain Tom Rowland and Dr. Mike Larkin, be sure to check out episode 750 of The Tom Rowland Podcast.

Ready to embark on your own jack-fishing adventure during your visit to Hawks Cay Resort? Check out our fantastic fishing experiences and charters, then get ready to create unforgettable memories and reel in the catch of a lifetime with us at Hawks Cay Resort!