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Fishy Facts: Amberjack Fish | Greater Amberjack



  • Olive green or brownish back and silver sides
  • Dark stripe from nose to front of dorsal fin
  • Anal fin is about 2/3 the length of the second dorsal fin
  • No scutes (bone-like projections) on body

Can be up to 60 inches (a whopping 176 pounds); still common to find them around 40 inches and a heavy 40 pounds. Because of their size, this fish will need heavy conventional tackle in order to reel it in.

Amberjack are an offshore species and can be found around rocky reefs, debris, and shipwrecks. Any of these habitats in the range of 60 to 240 feet of water is the preferred zone of amberjack, but in general, the biggest fish will be in deeper water.

Great amberjacks are the largest of the jacks. The great thing about these fish is that they can be found year-round because they spawn offshore most of the year. Greater amberjack typically feed on squid, fish, and crustaceans though they aren’t picky and almost any bait will work.

Additional Information:
Largest of the jacks; thought to spawn offshore throughout much of the year; feeds on squid, fish, and crustaceans.

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