Blue Runner

We have seen and eaten less of this jack species than the Yellow Jack, but they are not uncommon. These two tasty specimens (top and third in the image), 5-6” long, were caught while bottom fishing.

Distributed across the Atlantic Ocean. Found from the surface down to 2,400m – juveniles normally inhabit lagoons or sheltered bays, and have vertical bands as shown here. Can grow to more than 2’, but larger specimens should not be eaten as they are known to carry the ciguatera toxin. Predated by billfish, cobia, and amberjack.

Fish Identification: Jack Species (