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 caught on