The hunt for Jack Crevalle started at 5:30 in the morning. While dodging numerous storms we managed to find daisy-chaining Jacks feeding in the current rip. The weapons of choice were 12 weights with large topwater poppers. After making large pops into the school, a jack charged the popper fighting to eat it and eventually inhaled the fly and shot straight for the bottom. It was on, the jacks were fired up and aggressive as ever. The topwater eats were incredible, massive Jacks creating wakes as they charged the poppers only to engulf them. The Jacks kept showing up with groups of fish by the hundreds, we were targeting school after school. The fight would last from 20 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the size of the Jack. These jacks were heavy, sharp-tailed fish that barked and drummed, there was no holding these fish, just hugging. Without a doubt, these fish got me “Jacked Up.”
Forrest Powell is an avid saltwater fly angler based in South Carolina. Give him a follow at @forrest_powpow for your Lowcountry fly fishing fix.
Photos courtesy of Forrest and Capt. Peter Lawson-Johnston