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Amberjack

Greater amberjack are an offshore species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks.

Amberjack Description: Amber Jacks have a dark stripe that extends from nose to in front of dorsal fin that becomes more promenant when fish is in feeding mode; no scutes; soft dorsal base less than twice the length of the anal fin base.

Where Amberjack Are Found: This is an OFFSHORE species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 60 – 240 feet of water that are not often caught nearshore in East Central Florida. We find amberjack off the Cocoa Beach and East Central Florida on wrecks and deep rock ledges and hard bottom debre.

Amberjack, the name of a group of fish found in temperate ocean waters throughout the world. Many amberjacks are popular game fish. The common, or greater, amberjack is found off the west coast of Europe, off the east coast of the United States, and in the Gulf of Mexico. It is most abundant south of Cape Hatteras and is often caught as a game fish in Florida waters. Its upper body is blue, the belly is silver, and the fins are yellowish-gray. The common amberjack can reach five to six feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) in length and more than 100 pounds (45 kg) in weight. The average weight, however, is 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg). The Pacific amberjack and the Pacific yellowtail are often caught off the southwestern coast of the United States.

Amberjacks make up the genus Seriola. The common amberjack is S. dumerili; the Pacific amberjack, S. colburni; the Pacific yellowtail, S. lalandei. Amberjacks belong to the family Carangidae.

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