Greater Amberjack  


Bluish-brown backs with amber-colored striped down the length of the side. A dark stripe extends diagonally through each eye. Very similar in appearance to other jacks; can be differentiated by its more elongated body shape and smaller number of gill rakers (20 or less, while lesser amberjacks have as many as 25).


Generally found offshore near structure like reefs and oil platforms, in waters up to 300 feet deep.

State Record

139 pounds, Bill Weldon, 2009.

Fishing Tips

Use mullet, squid, or porgies as bait. Chumming is effective, though be advised that this will attract other species as well. For big greater amberjacks, you may have to venture out to the Mississippi Canyon.