Greater Amberjack

The greater amberjack is a jack of the genus Seriola. It is found in the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian coasts. It is the largest genus in the Carangidae family. It is a fast-swimming pelagic fish with similar habits to the kingfish. 

The greater amberjack often have a distinctive olive colored bar from the snout through the eye, to the beginning of the dorsal fin and a broad amber colored stripe running horizontally along the flanks. The amber stripe often causes anglers to confuse this species with the yellowtails. However, the greater amberjack can be distinguished from other related species by the gill raker count; greater amberjack over 8 inches long have only 11 16 developed gill rakers on the lower limb of the first branchial arch (the count may be higher in smaller specimens), whereas yellowtails have 21 28.

Greater amberjack are an offshore species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks.  They are typically in 60 - 240 feet of water and sometimes caught nearshore.  Juveniles are associated with floating objects and may occur in water less than 30 feet deep.

The greater amberjack is a powerful hunter which feeds on other fish and invertebrates. The greater amberjack is prized by sports fisherman because it is a very powerful fish and can be quite large, even as much as 70 kg. It is an excellent eating fish. It is also a big-game fish and are one of the greatest fighting fish pound for pound.

It strikes fast, fights hard and often dives for the bottom. Fishing methods include trolling near the surface with lures, spoons, plugs, jigs or strip baits, and also live bait fishing. Many incidental catches of amberjack are made while fishing the bottom for snappers and groupers.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Seriola dumerili
Environment:Nearshore, Offshore
Ideal Temp:65-75°F (18-23°C)
Technique:Bottom Fishing, Casting, Chunking, Jigging
Lure Type:Bottom Rig, Jigs, Plugs, Spoons
World Record:71.15 kg (156 lb 13 oz) Iki Island, Nagasaki, Japan
Other Names:amberjack, AJs, reefdonkey, reef donkey

Latest Greater Amberjack Fishing Reports and Spots

Capt Jerry’s Mutton & Queen Snapper Hunt - 9/18/2021 7:34:06 PM

Well we finally got to go out on another 4 day mutton trip after the last 2 had to be canceled due to bad weather. We left the dock and made our (View)

Canaveral Amberjacks! - 9/13/2021 2:00:21 PM

Fired Up Fishing Charters Canaveral Amberjacks! Pretty good week on the Cape Canaveral Coast! Canaveral Amberjacks! Chris Cameron (View)

August 24 thru 29 - 9/7/2021 9:04:44 AM

August 24..Afternoon Inlet Adventure…..We caught Spanish Mackerel & Blue Fish…no photo August 25 Afternoon Happy Crabber Trip….We  caught Blue (View)

8/27 & 8/28 - 8/29/2021 6:10:01 AM

Body:  Friday and Saturday brought in mixed catches offshore. Some boats had limits of Dolphin others were a little more scattered. We also had (View)

August 21 2021 - 8/21/2021 2:28:00 PM

Captain Fico kept punching in late August. This big Barracuda was a challenging fight. After moving inshore the Explorer nabbed an awesome 30+lb (View)

Salty Souls - 8/24/2021 5:30:00 PM

Off shore had yellow fin tuna mahi-mahi tile fish wahoo and amberjacks hit the docks today. With multiple releases on white and blue marlin Nea (View)

8/15 - 8/17 - 8/18/2021 6:17:49 AM

Body:    We've seen varied catches for offshore boats over the last few days: Dolphin Wahoo King Mackerel one or two Tuna Grouper Amberjack Til (View)

7/31/21 30 Fathom ARS - 7/31/2021 2:13:00 PM

Well we made it through yet another red snapper season! The weather on this trip was very good. We had a little more wind than the average trip (View)

8/8 - 8/10 - 8/11/2021 12:26:05 PM

Body:  Offshore fishing has brought in good catches of bailer Dolphins over the last couple of days along with large Wahoo some Barracuda Tilef (View)

Monday Mayhem - 8/9/2021 7:54:00 PM

Beautiful blue skies on the banks today! Multiple releases on white marlin blue marlin spearfish and sailfish. Also bringing to the dock from o (View)