Black Jack (Caranx lugubris)
Common names: black trevally, kappore, coalfish
Habitat/distribution: The black jack is a benthopelagic species typically inhabiting deep reefs and steep drop-offs. Black jacks are not found in shallower water, and are rare even in deeper Gulf waters.
Method of harvest: In the Gulf, black jacks are vermillion snapper bycatch, harvested by means of handlines or ‘bandit rigs’.
Size: Commercially-landed black jacks are generally between six and 20 pounds, the average being about ten.
Cooking characteristics: Very clean taste, typical of deeper dwelling species. Black jacks tend to stand up well against relatively assertive flavors. The meat cooks very white, and most cooking methods are applicable.
Similar to: Of all other jacks, probably closest to a pompano.