Blue Runner


The Blue Runner (Caranx‌ crysos) is ⁤a member of ⁢the Carangidae family, more ​commonly known as jacks and pompanos. This schooling fish is known for its speed and agility, as well as its brilliantly‌ colored, iridescent blue-green top and silver-white underbelly.

Conservation Status

According⁤ to the International Union for Conservation of ⁢Nature (IUCN), the Blue Runner ⁣is ⁣currently labeled as “least concern.” This designation ‍is due to the⁤ fish’s abundance and widespread distribution, although ongoing conservation ⁢efforts continue to monitor ‍for‍ any potential threats.


Length35 cm20-60 ‍cm
Weight1.3 kg0.5-2.3 kg
Lifespan10 yearsN/A

Other noted statistics include ‍a rapid early ‍growth, with Blue Runners reaching adulthood ​in ‍1 ⁢to 2 years.


Blue Runners can be found in both the Atlantic and Pacific ⁤Oceans, ranging ⁤from Massachusetts to Brazil in the west ​Atlantic, and from Southern ‍California to Chile in​ the⁣ eastern Pacific. Their ​migration patterns are generally dependent on ​food supply and temperature fluctuations.


These fish​ prefer⁣ tropical to warm-temperate ‍saltwater conditions, often inhabiting ​depths of up to 100 meters. However, they can adapt​ well to a range of⁢ temperature and salinity levels.

When and Where to See

Blue Runners are typically more active during the day. Their‍ near-shore habits, combined with ⁤a fondness for warm, clear waters, ⁣make them a common sight around coral reefs, seagrass beds, and even offshore ‍oil rigs.

Best Fishing Locations

Specific‌ Locations

  1. Florida⁤ Keys, USA
  2. Baja California, Mexico
  3. Puerto Rico
  4. U.S. Virgin ‌Islands
  5. Gulf of ⁢Mexico
  6. South Carolina, USA
  7. Cuba
  8. Brazil
  9. Belize
  10. Honduras

General Tips

Look for schooling Blue ‌Runners around underwater structures like reefs, wrecks, and ​seagrass beds. Your chances increase in warmer, clear waters.

How to Catch

Preferred bait for Blue Runners includes small fish and shrimp, but ‍they‌ are also‌ known to bite on a variety of artificial lures. Technique-wise, both​ trolling and bottom fishing are effective methods.

Identification Guide

Look out for streamlined, torpedo-shaped bodies ‍with a deep, blue-green coloration on top fading to ⁣silver or white on the ‍belly. Other distinguishing features include a yellowish stripe down the side and ⁣a slightly forked tail.

Culinary Uses

While not prioritized as a commercial species, ⁣Blue ⁢Runners are edible and often used​ as bait for larger⁣ game ‌fish. It features a mild, slightly oily‍ flavor and firm,⁢ white flesh.⁢

Additional Information

Blue​ Runners are schooling predatory ⁢fish, known for their​ aggressive feeding habits. Their predators include larger fish such as billfish, sharks and dolphines. ⁢In ⁣regards to historical significance, they⁣ are often depicted⁢ in Cuban mural art due to their association with⁤ the ⁢sea and island life.⁤

References and​ Further Reading

For more information ⁢on the ​Blue Runner, these resources​ are recommended. ‍