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Species Spotlight: Amberjack

Species Spotlight: Amberjack

Name: Amberjack

Also known as: N/A

Scientific name: Seriola dumerili

Description: Amberjacks are a tough, fast game fish that are found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  Amberjacks are normally an olive-green colour or brownish-black in colour. Amberjacks are the largest of the jacks and these fish usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins. They are usually found in rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks.

Average size: These fish reach sizes of over 40lb but the average size you will catch is around 10lb.

Where to catch: Amberjacks live in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The best destinations we would recommend to catch these superb fish are Mexico (Palmas de Cortez), Costa Rica (Crocodile Bay) and Florida.

Fishing methods: With the Amberjack being such a top predator the best ways to fish for this species are by either ledgering a bait on the bottom or by chucking lures around\trolling. Ledgering a nice juicy fish bait will tempt the local Amberjack population into the area and will result in your rod doubling over as one of these brutes takes the bait and runs. Lure fishing for these fish is a more fast-paced and fun method with metal jigs worked from the bottom up through the layers accounting for many fish.

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