Greater Amberjack


Greater Amberjack (Seriola dumerili) belongs to the ‌Carangidae family, commonly referred⁤ to as the jack family. ‍Renowned for‍ its strength ‌and endurance, the species is a target for recreational ​anglers looking for‌ a challenging catch.

Conservation Status

Currently, the Greater Amberjack is listed as “least ⁢concern” by the International Union for Conservation ‌of Nature (IUCN). Recreational fishing regulations have been implemented​ in some​ areas to control overfishing of local ‍populations.


Length (Average) 40-52 inches
Length (Range) 24-75 inches
Weight (Average) 40⁤ pounds
Weight (Range) 8-150 pounds
Average Lifespan 15 years


Greater Amberjack ‌are ocean-dwelling​ fish found in warm waters across the globe. They primarily inhabit the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico⁢ and Mediterranean Sea.‍ They do not display prominent ‌migration patterns, preferring to dwell in one ‍area.


The⁢ Greater Amberjack is a saltwater species found at a depth range of 20 ‌to ⁤70 meters. They ⁣prefer ⁢warmer water and are commonly found around reefs, wrecks, ‍and offshore oil rigs which offer plenty of hiding spots for younger amberjacks.

When and Where to⁤ See

Greater Amberjacks are typically active throughout the year but are most plentiful‍ in warmer months. They are ⁣diurnal creatures, meaning they are‌ primarily active during ‍the day.

Best Fishing Locations

Globally, you’ll find Greater Amberjack in‍ several‌ prolific spots:

  1. Gulf of Mexico, ‌USA
  2. Florida Keys, USA
  3. Inland Sea, Japan
  4. Lastovo Islands, Croatia
  5. Andaman​ Sea, Thailand
  6. Red Sea, Egypt
  7. Ionian Sea, Greece
  8. Gulf of Hammamet, ⁤Tunisia
  9. Mediterranean Sea, Italy
  10. Caribbean Sea, Barbados

Generally, they are caught near underwater structures like reefs, shipwrecks, and oil rigs.

How to Catch

Greater Amberjack are challenging ⁢to catch, making them a favorite among sport ⁢fishermen. They are attracted to live bait—like squid and smaller fish—and ​artificial jigs. Trolling and deep ‌jigging are common techniques used to catch Greater Amberjack. The best ⁣time to fish ⁣for them ‍is during the warmer months of the year.

Identification Guide

The Greater Amberjack ⁢is‍ easily recognized by its sleek, elongated body with a dark stripe extending from nose to in front of the dorsal fin. The species is amber in color, fading to silver white on the belly.


The Greater Amberjack has a moderate flavor, with a large flake and high oil ​content. ⁤It’s commonly grilled, broiled, or smoked. Rich in protein and high in essential​ omega-3 fatty acids, it’s a healthy choice for seafood lovers.

Additional Information

In regard to feeding habits, Greater Amberjack prey⁤ on squids, crustaceans, and smaller‌ fish. Predators include larger fish like sharks. Greater ⁢Amberjack are known for their tenacity, which has ‌earned them a healthy respect⁣ among fisherman and contributed to various local ⁤folklore.

References and Further Reading

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