Horse-Eye Jack

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.

Horse-Eye Jack Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season 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.
Did You Know? Considered a friendly fish to humans, Horse-Eye Jacks will often approach scuba divers.
Common 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 Length and Weight 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.