Jack (Horse-eye)


The ⁢Horse-eye Jack (Caranx latus)‌ is a fish species that belongs to the Carangidae family.

Conservation Status

The current‍ status of the Horse-eye Jack⁣ in terms of conservation is noted to be of ‘Least Concern’⁤ according to the‍ International Union for Conservation of‌ Nature (IUCN). Conservation efforts are ongoing,⁢ with emphasis on responsible fishing and protection of their ‍breeding environments.


Statistic Average Range
Length 60 cm 30-100 ‌cm
Weight 5 kg 2-10 kg
Lifespan 25 years N/A


The Horse-eye ‍Jack is widely‍ distributed in ⁢warm temperate and tropical waters​ of the Atlantic Ocean. They have also been ⁢recorded in the⁤ Indian Ocean and Pacific Indian Ocean. They ⁢are migratory fish, moving in large schools.


The Horse-eye Jack prefers saltwater bodies and ⁣is typically found in oceanic and coral reef‍ habitats. They generally live ⁢at‍ depths of 1 to 350 meters and tolerate ‌a temperature range of 18-30°C.

When and Where⁤ to⁣ See

They are abundant during the warmer ⁤months. Anglers have a higher chance of‍ catching Horse-eye Jack in the early morning or ‌late evening.

Best Fishing Locations

  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Florida​ Keys, USA
  • Andros Island, Bahamas
  • Fiji‌ Islands, Fiji
  • Costa Rica

How to Catch

The Horse-eye Jack can be caught using ⁤a variety of methods such as fly fishing and trolling. The ⁢preferred baits for​ this species⁢ are small ⁤fishes and squid. Fishermen ⁤often find ‍success using shiny lures and spoons.

Identification Guide

Horse-eye Jacks have a ‍streamlined, deep body with a bluish-green ​to silver coloration. They have a prominent dark ​spot on the gill cover and distinctive curved lines on ⁤the opisthotic.


This fish is often grilled, fried, ⁢or⁣ used in stews.⁢ Its taste⁤ is mild‌ with a ⁢slight sweetness, and it has‍ a fairly low fat content.

Additional Information

Horse-eye Jacks are predators who feed primarily on smaller fishes. They are known ‍for their mating ritual of‍ forming large schools. Sharks ​and larger fish are their⁢ natural predators. The overfishing poses the biggest human-induced threat to⁢ this species.

References and Further Reading

Florida Museum

IUCN Red List