Greater Amberjack: Seriola dumerili


  • Olive green or brownish back and silver sides
  • Dark stripe from nose to front of dorsal fin that “lights up” when fish is in feeding mode
  • Anal fin is about 2/3 the length of the second dorsal fin
  • 11-19 gill rakers present on each gill arch
  • No scutes (bone-like projections) on body

Size: Up to 60 inches (176 pounds); common around 40 inches and under 40 pounds

Similar Species: Other jack species


Offshore species associated with rocky reefs, debris and wrecks, typically in 60 to 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.


Largest of the jacks.  hought to spawn offshore throughout most of the year. Feed on squid, fish, and crustaceans.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 142 lb, caught near Islamorada 

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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