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Horse-Eye Jack

Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Horse-Eye Jacks are found around offshore artificial reefs and wrecks or in open water, either individually or in schools.

They feed on small fishes, squids, and shrimps.
General Description
Horse-Eye Jacks are dark blue to silvery-blue above, becoming silvery white to golden below.

Unlike the Crevalle jack, there is no dark spot at the base of the pectoral fin, although there may be dark spots on the gill covers.

Their eyes are very large.
Did You Know?
Considered a friendly fish to humans, Horse-Eye Jacks will often approach scuba divers.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Horse-Eye Jacks feed on swimming fish and any small fish hooked through the back, in front of the dorsal fin or in any other way will work as long as it is lively.

They will hit fast moving jigs, noisy surface plugs, surface swimming plugs, or shiny spoons either casted or trolled.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Horse-Eye Jacks caught by anglers weigh between 15 and 25 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Horse-Eye Jacks are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record
Horse-Eye Jacks are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.