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, common name for fishes of the genus Trachinotus, members of a large and important family (Carangidae) of mackerellike fishes, abundant in warm seas around the world.
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Both areas generally hold snapper, grouper, black sea bass and other bottom fish better in winter months, and attract striking fish--cobia, kingfish, amberjack, bonito, barracuda and occasional sailfish and dolphin spring through fall.
And that's how it goes when you locate a big pile of amberjack, feed them a few rounds of appetizers and then let feeding competition do the rest.
Chumming: A frozen chum block certainly won't repel amberjack, but save that wafting scent trail stuff for kingfish, snapper and other nimble-nosed diners.
For most, "amberjack" means Seriola dumerili, the greater amberjack, which runs about 30-70 pounds, with occasional bruisers of 100-plus.
Lesser Amberjack (Seriola fasciata): Basically a tiny version of a greater amberjack, except for the eye stripe, which doesn't quite reach the dorsal fin.
Almaco Jack (Seriola rivo-liana): A common bycatch with light tackle AJ pursuits, almaco's have similar coloration, but the lateral stripe is usually less pronounced and the eye shadow on par with that of the lesser amberjack.
Banded Rudderfish (Seriolazonata): Take the basic AJ shape and fin structure, wash out most of the dark brown coloration and paint dark vertical bars along the sides and you have this sporty little jack that grows about twice as big as the lesser amberjack but not as large as an almaco.
Jack Crevalle (Caranx hip-s pos): Clearly a differentfish than the amberjack and its extended family, these back-breakers occasionally patrol the same neighborhoods and those that venture offshore are the real giants.
Essentially, you can keep one greater amberjack a day with a 28-inch minimum fork length in the Atlantic; 30-inch in the Gulf.
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