NEW:

Gulf state: The recreational season for greater amberjack is closed in Gulf state waters through April 30, 2018. 

Gulf federal:  Closed through Dec. 31, 2017; reopens Jan. 1 and closes again Jan. 27. Learn more. External Website

Atlantic federal: Closed Oct. 31-Feb. 28, 2018, reopening March 1, 2018. Learn more. External Website

 

Greater Amberjack

Greater Amberjack: Seriola dumerili

Florida Regulations:  

RegulationsGulf State WatersAtlantic State Waters
Minimum Size Limit 34” Fork Length 28” Fork Length
Daily Bag Limit 1 per person 

 

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  • Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net

Seasons: 

Gulf state: Beginning in 2018, opens May 1-31 and Aug. 1-Oct. 31.

Atlantic state: Open year-round.

Gulf federal External Website: Closed through Dec. 31, 2017; reopens Jan. 1 and closes again Jan. 27. Pending annual open season for the entire month of May, and from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. 1 fish per person per day; 0 bag limit for for-hire captain and crew   Learn more. External Website

Atlantic federal External WebsiteClosed through Feb. 28, 2018, reopening March 1, 2018. 28" FL; 1 fish per person, per day.  Learn more. External Website

Complete information on closed recreational seasons in state waters.

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Amberjack are found throughout Florida’s offshore marine environment. The species is very strongly associated with wrecks and artificial reefs in waters that exceed 60 feet in depth. Amberjack swim in schools and feed on baitfish, squid and crabs. Anglers typically use 50 to 100 pound tackle, but lighter tackle can also be used in many situations. Amberjack are not shy or picky, so you can make all the noise you want, and almost any lively baitfish will be readily accepted. Commonly used baitfish species include blue runners, pinfish, pigfish, grunts, cigar minnows and sand perch. Because amberjacks like to swim around above the reef, it’s a good idea to use just enough lead to keep the bait in the middle of the water column. When amberjack get excited, they will also come to the surface and explode on top-water plugs, jigs, spoons and diving lures. Amberjack are extremely strong fighters with great endurance. To avoid lost or broken tackle, it’s important to have the drag pre-set to match the strength of the angler and the equipment.     

 

Florida Rule External Website                                       

Gulf Federal Waters Rules External Website

Atlantic Federal Waters Rules External Website

 

State Record:

142 lb, caught near Islamorada 


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

 

 



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