Captain Jason Stock out of Bradenton Beach, on Florida's central Gulf Coast, is a master of coaxing amberjack
to the surface.
gathered are about one and a half to two kilograms in weight, which means that they are last year's generation," she added.
Year-round you will find reef fish like snapper, grouper and amberjack
While I initially thought this might be a bit of overkill, he explained, "If you have a 120-pound amberjack
hit your lure and you don't have any stretch in your line, something's going to give and I don't want it to be my shoulder.
A trip beyond the 100-foot mark may include the Mexican Pride in about 135 feet of water, 35 miles offshore which can hold a multitude of species including gag grouper, goliath grouper, amberjacks
, cobia, a variety of snappers, tuna, sailfish and more.
Anglers savvy enough to wait for a window of good weather, or those brave enough to fish through windy days, can also get offshore for amberjack
and, for something relatively new, try for lionfish.
anglers usually find these bullies in large groups, which gang up around springs, wrecks, ledges, rock piles and reefs--both the natural stuff and manmade formations like the mitigation sites along the Gulfstream Natural Gas Pipeline, which stretches across the Gulf from Alabama to Tampa Bay.
In every area of the state there are wrecks known to hold baitfish, and those same wrecks will always hold their share of predators, from barracuda and amberjacks
to schools of strafing bonito and opportunistic sailfish, dolphin and wahoo.
Late summer red grouper, gag grouper and amberjacks
will be deep and your compass heading from your favorite Big Bend port can be important.
We were pulling up big gags and amberjacks
, and we had released several goliath groupers, so there was a lot of underwater 'noise' going on, and I'd guess that's what attracted the shark.
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This month you can target amberjack
, gag grouper and vermilion snapper, commonly referred to as "mingos.