How To Catch & Cook A Yellow Jack
Yellow Jacks are a species of fish that we have in South, Florida more commonly seen in the Florida Keys and Miami, but along most of the SE Florida Coast. They are often mistaken by anglers as an inedible or trash fish, to the unknowing eye.
Well let me be the first one to tell you, these fish taste nothing like a jack and are some of the best eating fish we have here in Florida. They are highly underrated and I have noticed that most anglers either throw them back, use them as bait or give it away. Next time you catch one, do yourself a favor and KEEP IT!
On a recent trip to fish the Keys bridges, my buddies and I picked up some live shrimp at worldwide sportsman and headed over to channel 5 bridge. Now yellowjacks, I have noticed aren't easily enticed by dead bait and really enjoy a nice live shrimp floated back into the current on a jig head or hook. We got into a few yellow jacks on the outgoing tide, by floating back our live shrimp into he shadow line of the bridge or letting it sweep on the up current side towards the bridge we were fishing from.
After a long day of fishing in the sun, I suggested we make a refreshing Ceviche with the yellow jacks we had just caught. Now Ceviche is a dish best made with non fishy, higher grade fish. Most people would never think to use yellow jack, but We did!
Let me tell you firsthand that it was some of the best ceviche I have ever had, and this is coming from someone who has made it with lobster, hogfish and other highly prized fish. The video above shows a little bit of our adventure from that day and goes more in depth, as to the recipe for the fish.
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