Amberjacks have two seasons in one calendar year. These fish are on the menu from January 1st - May 31st. Their second season runs from August 1st - December 31st.
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Amberjack, also known as the Donkey of the sea, put up a great fight once hooked. Amberjack is abundant in the spring and summer but can be found year-round. It's not difficult to hook one of these strong fish; the challenge is found while fighting it to the boat. At Super Strike Charters, our captains know techniques for locating and catching Amberjack from years of captaining fishing charters in Venice, Louisiana.
When you reel in a fish on your deep sea fishing charter, there are a few things you can look for to identify if it is an Amberjack. These fish are silver-blue with a golden side line and dark amber stripes from their nose to the dorsal fin. Amberjacks have 11-19 gill rakers, a long anal fin base, 7 dorsal fin spines, and 30-34 dorsal-fin rays.
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One of the best fighters, Amberjack, are known as the "donkey of the sea" and won't disappoint if you hook one. Greater Amberjack are the largest of the jack species and are what most fishermen are looking to hook when talking about Amberjack. If you are looking for a day at sea trying to nab one of these powerful fighters, book your deep sea fishing charter with us!
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If you are looking for a fighter, these long silverfish are the perfect choice to put up a long fight. Ranging from 30-140 pounds with an average weight of 40 pounds, a 60-lb Amberjack will pull like a 100-lb Tarpon. Mature Amberjack can be found around offshore reefs and wrecks, with young amberjack favoring floating objects similar to Mahi-Mahi.
Amberjack are not a popular menu item as they are virtually tasteless and take on the flavor of whatever you are cooking with. Come find out why this fish has earned its name as the "Donkey of the sea." It will put up a fight to remember and give you something to brag about when you get home from your deep-sea fishing charter with Super Strike Charters in Venice, Louisiana.
Strategies for catching Amberjack
These fish are known for the fight they give, and some think they are the best fighter around. Amberjack are probably responsible for the most equipment damage and will break a $100 reel no problem, so come ready for a battle. It's not difficult to hook an Amberjack, but they are phenomenal game fish.
Bait and lures recommended for best chances at catching Amberjack include:
- Goggle eyes
- Amberjack are voracious eaters and will hit almost anything put in front of them.