Greater Amberjack Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: dark stripe (variably present) extends
from nose to in front of dorsal fin and “lights up”
when fish is in feeding mode; no scutes; soft
dorsal base less than twice the length of the
anal fin base.
Similar fish: other Seriola.
Where found: OFFSHORE species
associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks,
typically in 60-240 feet of water; sometimes caught
NEARSHORE in south Florida; juveniles associate with
floating objects and may occur in water less than 30 feet deep.
Size: common to 40 pounds.
Remarks: largest of the jacks; thought to spawn OFFSHORE throughout much of the year; feeds on squid, fish,
Greater amberjacks, Seriola dumerili, are the largest of the jacks. They usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins. They have no scutes and soft dorsal bases less than twice the length of the anal fin bases. They are usually 18 kg (40 pounds) or less, and are found associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 20 to 75 m (10 to 40 fathoms).