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Greater Amberjack

Seriola dumerili

Jacks Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Greater Amberjack


Common Name(s):
Greater Jack, AJ
Description:
The dark stripe extends from the nose to in front of the dorsal fin and "lights up" when the fish is in the feeding mode. There are no scutes and the soft dorsal base is less than twice the length of the anal fin base.
Similar Fish:
Lesser Amberjack
Feeding Habits:
The favored foods of greater amberjack include small fish, such as bigeye scad, as well as crabs, squid and a variety of crustaceans and invertebrates. They consume 2.5 to 3 times their body weight each year.
Range:
Greater Amberjacks are found in all subtropical ocean areas in the world but are especially abundant in the area from North Carolina to Florida. In the Pacific they are found off the coast of southern Mexico.
Habitat:
They are primarily an offshore species that prefers various structures located on the sea bottom, such as reefs, shipwrecks, buoys and oil derricks. They will occasionally venture inshore to shallow coastal bays, but mostly reside in water from 60 to 250
Typical Size:
The Greater Amberjack's average weight is 30-60 pounds and 24-36 inches long.
World Record:
155 pounds, 12 ounces (IGFA)