Almaco Jack

Almaco jack is a game fish of the family Carangidae; they are in the same family as yellowtail and amberjack. They feed, both day and night, on other, smaller, fish, such as baitfish and small squid. The flesh is thick and dense like tuna and can easily pass for white albacore if prepared as sushi.

The Almaco jack has a less elongated, more flattened body than most jack species. Their dorsal fin and anal fins are elongated, and their outer edges have a definite sickle shape. The first rays of the Almaco dorsal fin's longest parts are nearly twice as long as the dorsal spines, also different from other jacks.

Almaco jacks are generally dusky-colored with faint amber or olive stripes down their sides. Their upper bodies and lower fins are usually dark brown or dark blue-green. The belly is much lighter and appears brassy or lavender. The nuchal bar and most of the fins is dark on adults. Exceptions are the pelvic fins which are white on the ventral sides.

The Almaco jack is a pelagic species that can be found in small groups on slopes and off of reefs at depths from 5 to 160 metres (2.7 to 87 fathoms). They visit wrecks more often than most other jacks. In the Indian to the west Pacific oceans, Almaco jack live from Kenya to South Africa and have been spotted off Mariana Islands, Wake island, Ryukyu Islands, Kermadec Islands and New Caledonia. In the eastern Pacific, Almaco jack live from California to Peru and the Galapagos islands. In the western Atlantic, they live mostly from Cape Cod to northern Argentina although they are rare off North and South Carolina. Almaco jack are not as common in the Eastern Atlantic as elsewhere. Almaco live near Great Britain and off Lampedusa in the Mediterranean sea. They typically swim at depths ranging from 5–35 metres (16–115 ft).

Almaco jack's unusual stamina makes them a prime target for deep sea fishermen.
They remove skin-based parasites by rubbing against the rough skin of passing sharks. Almaco jack also rub against passing scuba divers because they mistake them for sharks.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Seriola rivoliana
Environment:Nearshore
Ideal Temp:39-80°F (4-27°C)
Technique:Bottom Fishing, Jigging
Lure Type:Bottom Rig, Jigs
World Record:59.87 kg (132 lb 0 oz) La Paz, Baja California, Mexico
Other Names:almaco, Blackjack, Bar Jack, Rock Salmon

Latest Almaco Jack Fishing Reports and Spots

October 29 all day wreck fishing report - 11/18/2020 10:51:44 PM

Off today with the”Rod Hog ” crew. Started out live baiting  catching Amber Jacks and Almaco Jacks with a rare African Pompano kicker!! Spent t (View)


Bottom Fishing in Jacksonville is HOT! June 27 2020 - 11/8/2020 12:01:23 AM

The bottom fishing on the 10hr and 12hr trips are smoking right now. On Saturday we limited out on vermilion snapper red porgy had some nice tr (View)


August 26 All Day Wreck/Bottom Fishing Trip - 8/31/2020 12:27:09 PM

Off today with the Armstrong crew on an all day wreck/bottom fishing trip. Caught Amber & Almaco Jacks live baiting and Triggerfish & Seabass B (View)


August 28All Day Wreck/Bottom Fishing Trip - 8/31/2020 12:27:07 PM

Off this morning with the Carneiro crew. These guys were tuned in…had their own rods and know what the Hell was going on.We caught Sharks Almac (View)


August 9 - 11 Fishing Report - 8/17/2020 10:42:14 PM

Body:  Update on fishing over the last few days! Wahoo continue to bite offshore. We've been seeing a few thrown on the dock each day including (View)


Mahi On Fly – Florida Keys Fishing Report Dec 2018 - 7/28/2020 10:51:40 PM

My repeat client Ron Moon does it again with a couple of nice trophy fish on the day. A huge Queen Snapper a giant Almaco Jack and a nice 20 po (View)


Deep Sea Sport Fishing with Topshot Fishing Team - 5/11/2020 9:29:57 PM

Anthony and Kenny from the Cincinnati area chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep-sea charter boat sport fis (View)


November 2018 – 15 Species!!! - 7/5/2019 10:16:24 PM

We hosted 4 awesome groups the on the island in November 2018. The variety of what we caught was amazing! I counted 15 different species! Yes…. (View)


August 2018 – Great Inshore and Offshore Mixed Bag! - 6/28/2019 1:11:15 PM

August is typically a great month for anglers looking for variety and the fishing in August 2018 didn’t disappoint! We hosted 4 different group (View)


Triggerfish Opens today March 1 2019 - 3/1/2019 10:12:57 AM

March 1st Triggerfish opens today, the wether is a little iffy today but the past few trips we threw back many keeper triggerfish. The vermill (View)