|The jurel (pronounced hoorel) is common in
Acapulco Bay and the rocky coasts of Roqueta Island. Jurel grow to
more than 50 pounds and are an extreme challenge on light tackle.
Jurel travel in schools and are one of the top small game fish in the USA as well as Mexico. They feed on small baitfish and crabs. Schools of jurel often corner schools of baitfish on the surface and feed with a commotion which can be seen at great distances.
Although Jurel can tolerate a wide range of water temperatures, they are more plentiful in the winter and spring when large schools sometimes frequent Roqueta Island for weeks at a time.
They will take both live bait and lures and we have great success with Rapalas, often used on a down rigger. Once hooked they do not make fast runs, but pull with incredible power which makes them difficult to bring to the boat.
Jurel, like barrilete, have a dark red flesh and are not known as a good eating fish. Nevertheless, they are used locally in soups and stews.