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Yellow 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
Yellow 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
The Yellow Jack is a pale yellow-green-blue above fading to silver on the underside.

The fins are yellow in color.

Larger fish tend to be more yellow in color.
Did You Know?
Yellow Jacks have been observed following dolphins to scavenge scraps left by dolphins during feeding activity.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Yellow Jacks are surface swimmers and can be caught while trolling feathered jigs, shiny spoons, or live bait.

They can be jigged with shiny spoons, bucktails, or diamond jigs.

Preferred natural baits include strips of squid, pieces of cut fish or whole baitfish.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Yellow Jacks caught by anglers weigh between 1 and 6 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Yellow 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
Yellow Jacks are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.