NEW:

Gulf: The recreational season for greater amberjack closes April 22 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters. The season is also closed in Gulf federal waters . More information. External Website

Gulf federal: At the Oct. 2017 Gulf Council meeting, a new recreational season structure for greater amberjack was approved. Pending U.S. Secretary of Commerce approval, the season will remain closed through April 30, 2018. The season will then open annually for the entire month of May, and from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. The season will be closed annually Nov. 1 through April 30 and June 1 through July 31. 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

State Season: The recreational season for greater amberjack closes April 22 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters.  

Complete information on closed recreational seasons in state waters.

Federal Gulf of Mexico External Website: Closed March 24-Dec. 31, 2017; 1 fish per person per day; 0 bag limit for for-hire captain and crew   

Gulf federal: At the Oct. 2017 Gulf Council meeting, a new recreational season structure for greater amberjack was approved. Pending U.S. Secretary of Commerce approval, the season will remain closed through April 30, 2018. The season will then open annually for the entire month of May, and from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. The season will be closed annually Nov. 1 through April 30 and June 1 through July 31. Learn more. External Website

Federal Atlantic External Website28" FL; 1 fish per person, per day

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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