Lesser Amberjack (Seriola fasciata) is found near and offshore in depths of commonly 180 to 400
feet. Usual size is up to 10lbs in weight. Fish seldom reaches
a size greater than 12 inches. Lesser amberjacks are the smallest of the
amberjacks. It is believed they spawn offshore. Adults eat fish and squid.
This species is not currently eligible for a state record.
The Greater Amberjack (Seriola dumerili) is
found inshore in waters less than 30 feet deep usually amongst floating objects.
Usual size for this fish inshore is from 5 to 10lbs. Offshore this species is found in rocky
reefs and wrecks typically in water from 60 to 240 feet and the most common size is
form 30 to 60lbs.
The Florida record for this specie is 142lbs.
The World record is 155lbs 10ozs.
above shows a 36lb Amberjack captured by Charles Avery of Plymouth UK from the
fishing some 44 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico near the wreck of the 200
barge the "MEXICAN PRIDE"
which lies in 80 feet of water. These
are beautiful fish to look at with very solid bodies.
The Greater Amberjack is
a good tenacious fighter it can power down deep and defies lifting.
It can make fairly long runs in the early part of the fight. The fish has
a great deal of stamina.
The Lesser Amberjack
fights as good as the other Jacks for its size.
Tackle & Baits
Chris Saletta with her first Amberjack
Greater Amberjacks are
most commonly caught on heavy tackle in the 50lb class. If you are light
tackle expert you can expect a long fight. Best bait is a fish either live
or dead, however live baits are preferred. Drifting, casting or trolling
are the respected methods. I have captured Amberjacks by trolling using
fairly light gear. They fight extremely well and are a beautiful looking fish.
They do however vary in size and I have captured them as small as just a few lbs
and in the next hook up as much as 25lbs. The larger fish of this specie I have
caught at anchor using live bait such as Pinfish or Blue Runners. When they are
on the feed action, is fast and furious and these fish fight well. Good stand up
tackle is the order of the day.
Sometimes they will shoal around the boat in there hundreds., what a sight and
some of them are monsters!
value of the Lesser Amberjack is classified as minimal.
However the food value of
the Greater Amberjack is classified as excellent, also smoked and as fresh.
There are very few bones.
State Limits and Regulations
Daily Rec. Bag Limit
Greater Amberjack 28"
fork Atlantic, 30" fork Gulf.
June 1st to July 31st Gulf of Mexico
1 per person per day
Lesser Amberjack 14"
minimum fork maximum 22" fork.
5 aggregate of lesser
amberjack and banded rudder fish
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