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Fish Species Profile: The Greater Amberjack

Brush up on the Greater Amberjack.

The name says it all, the Greater Amberjack (Seriola demurili) is larger than most Amberjacks and has distinct physical features compared to other variations.

Other names for the Greater Amberjack include Coronado and Amberfish. They are located in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Greater Amberjack is the most common Amberjack on the coast.

Its body is narrower than most Amberjacks, and additionally has no finlets. The keel of the tail is soft and more slight the back of the fish is more of a purple, while the sides are yellow and the belly is silver. The tail fin is shaped like a moon.

They can weigh up to and more than 170 pounds but on average they are 20. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas record is 115 pounds.

Greater Amberjack eat smaller reef fish along artificial or natural reefs in the Gulf. When they are smaller in size, they tend to stick together for protection, while the larger Amberjacks tend to be alone. The larger ones are generally females because they live longer than the males.

Spawning takes place when the fish are around 2-3 years old; it happens offshore.

Where can they be found? Greater Amberjacks tend to live near structures such as oil rigs. It often takes a bit of experience to find out where they are, but if you play off structure and happen upon them, odds are they’ll bite.

When fishing the Greater Amberjack, be sure to use large hooks and cut bait. If you can get your hands on some ribbonfish, those Amberjacks will love you.

And perhaps consider a catch and release ethic with these fish, as they are fun to hook but not so fun to eat for everybody.

Have you been Amberjack fishing lately? Were you successful?

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Fish Species Profile: The Greater Amberjack