Leather Jacket GALLERYOligoplites saurus
The Leatherjacket is a member of the Jack family of fishes. They are elongated, silvery with bright yellow tails. The dorsal and anal spines are connected to venomous glands so caution should be used when handling this species should you happen to catch one if you are out fishing. Little is known about the properties of this venom, but a puncture can be a painful wound. I always see them in bays when the water is turbid, never in clear water. They feed on small fish and squid. they are also known as Needlejack, Shoemaker and Macheral. They school near the surface and cruise the bays and inlets.