Almaco Jack

More oceanic than other Jack species, the Almaco Jack inhabits both tropical and subtropical waters, from southern California to Peru in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and from Kenya to South Africa in the Indian and western Pacific. In the Atlantic Ocean this fish is most prominently found from Cape Cod in the United States to northern Argentina. Some species have also been spotted in the Mediterranean, as well as waters off Mariana, New Caledonia and, more rarely, the English coast

The Almaco Jack is generally dusky-hued with sides decorated by faint olive or amber colored stripes. Its football-shaped body is less elongated and more flattened than most other species of Jack. Dark brown or dark blue-green coloration is indicative of Almaco’s upper bodies and lower fins. Pelvic fins are white, while the belly is lightly shaded, sometimes almost lavender or tending towards brassy. This fish is distinguished by a black, diagonal band which begins at the upper lip and crosses the eye towards the top of the head. Its high dorsal fin lowers to a small gap then continues tapering in small spikes that reach the tail. Its forked tail fins are elongated to resemble two sickles. Most commonly taken at weights between 15-30 pounds, it is able to get much larger, reaching upwards of 90 pounds. The world record for Almaco Jack is 78 pounds.

Rarely seen near shore or reefs, Albaco Jacks prefer to cruise alone or in small groups beyond the surf. Their ideal habitat is open water ranging from 15 to 400 feet in depth, often stalking offshore oil and gas platforms, wrecks and reefs. This fast-swimming predator feeds day and night on invertebrates such as squid, baitfish, and other smaller fish. It is purported to spawn offshore at various times throughout the spring, summer, and fall, depending on water temperature and latitude. Juveniles are most often found living among sargassum beds or other floating objects.

This fish is respected for having great stamina. It is a strong, stubborn runner that will continually resist, pull, and dive deep, providing great battles that can last a long time. Almaco Jacks have an interesting habit of removing skin-based parasites by rubbing against passing sharks, and have even been known to mistake the identity of scuba divers, doing the same to them. Once landed and brought to shore this fish tastes especially good when grilled or broiled.

Almaco Jack Fishing Charters

Naples

A & B Charters

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Captain Allen Walburn has over 40 years of experience fishing the water of Southwestern Florida. He offers half-day, full-day, and multi-day trips to the Dry Tortugas for those who want a lifetime fishing trip

$500 - min rate

Ft Lauderdale

Taco’s Hooked Up Sportfishing

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Captain Taco, the jovial captain of the Hooked Up, loves to make people laugh, but fishing is at his core, and he loves to help his guests have an unforgettable day on the water.

$700 - min rate

Miami

Top Gun Charters

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One of Miami's top guns. They offer many trips, including specialty trips like overnight Tuna trips and day and night Swordfish excursions.

$1000 - min rate

Galveston

Aqua Safari Charters

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Enjoy an exciting day in Galveston, Texas, on the water. We specialize in offshore, deep-sea, and Galveston jetty fishing charters.

$65 - min rate

Galveston

Texas Saltwater Adventures

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Fishing the waters off Galveston, Surfside and Freeport, Captain Leaf Potter makes every fishing trip full of excitement and unforgettable moments.

$650 - min rate

Venice

Paradise Outfitters

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If you are looking for world-class fishing in Venice, Louisiana, look no further than Paradise Outfitters. They are a premier charter voted the best fishing guide in New Orleans.

$2600 - min rate

St. Petersburg

Early Riser Charters

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Captain Kenny Keen, a captain with over 25 years of experience, targets all kinds of bottom fish like Grouper and Snapper, reef fish like Amberjack and Cobia, and trophy fish like Mahi Mahi and Tuna.

$775 - min rate

Clearwater

Gulfstream II Charters

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One of the largest and longest-running charter companies on Florida's west coast. They have a fleet of four of the best fishing vessels in Clearwater.

$600 - min rate

Biloxi

Spray Ya Later Charters

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One of the premier Biloxi fishing charters, Spray Ya Later Charters(SYL) takes your fishing experience to a whole new level.

$800 - min rate

Miami

Capt. Jay’s Deep Sea Fishing

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The Spellbound, a 57' custom built fishing boat, can seat up to 20 people and is captained by two of the most experienced captains in Miami, Captain Jay and Captain Manny.

$750 - min rate

Fort Lauderdale

Lady Helen Fishing Charters

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Off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale is the northbound Gulfstream current, where hard-hitting Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Kingfish, Tuna and trophy Sailfish and Captain Jeff has been fishing these waters for over 30 years.

$600 - min rate

Treasure Island

T-Kat Fishing Charters

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Enjoy rod-bending thrills and excitement with Captain Tom aboard the T-Kat, a 31'Sportfishing Boat built for fishing and has room for six anglers to fish comfortably.

$600 - min rate